Episode 100 is here. Less than two years ago I began a new chapter of the Dirt in Your Skirt story with the addition of the podcast. It has been an incredible ride so far and wanted to take episode 100 as a chance to reflect back on the first 100 episodes (including episode 0).
I invited Jojo Brown of the UK Mudd Queens Podcast to come on and chat about the first 99 episodes. Jojo and I will frequently chat about episodes after they are out and further the conversation. I thought what better way to commemorate this milestone than take those themes and weave them into a massive podcast episode.
A special thank you for being on this journey with me and to the next 100 episodes!
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Aeni Domme is a Phoenix, Arizona based makeup artist for film and television but is also known in the obstacle racing world as The Painted Warrior’s bodypainter and wife. She is apart of a documentary about The Painted Warrior’s origins and journey. On the artist side, she recently completed a docu-drama film about Charles Manson and his family that aired in March on Fox.
Aeni and I talk about the genesis of The Painted Warrior and the work that goes into creating and executing the designs. We chat about the time and energy that goes into each piece and how it really is moving art out on the course.
Aeni and her husband Stephen Sinek are currently working on a documentary about The Painted Warrior and their work has also been featured on the Rise of the Sufferfests documentary.
Aeni continues to work today to create new designs with Stephen and work on various television and movie projects.
Rosanna Kuit is a 28-year-old living in southern England. She is self-employed transporting horses around the UK and Europe as a lorry driver.
Rosanna got hooked on obstacle racing in 2014 but knee issues have made it tough at times to compete. After her latest knee surgery in June 2017, she decided she wanted to cycle the Carretera Austral through Chile to Argentina. She bought a bike on eBay and set off in November for her two-month adventure.
When home she enjoys hiking all over the place with her dog (I’m obsessed with my dog) and she recently did Mountain Leader training. We recorded this podcast shortly after her return from her two-month solo bike trek.
If you are anything like me, at first you say “no idea” then you google it. Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants, the one most are familiar with turmeric. Turmeric has long when used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and a powerful anti-oxidant.
Turmeric extracts or adding turmeric to drinking, making golden tea, and other foods have been making their way into the health food market for years. A couple quick searches online will find you a host of articles (some better than others) talking about the benefits of Curcumin and Turmeric. Articles like:
Recently, I was shipped a 30-day supply of Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin. A supplement that one the package says 185% greater bioavailability and a 24-hour supplement. I went and did a little research to where this claim comes from and it seems most of the information comes from this 2014 peer-reviewed research. In which the patented NovaSol was tested against other curcumin supplements.
The separating factor or NovaSol which is what makes up Solgar’s product is working with the curcumin extract from a fat-soluble to water-soluble through their patented process. This allows for the supplement to stay in the bloodstream longer as compared to many of its counterparts. Additionally, making it water-soluble allows for greater bioavailability making it so you can take it once a day.
So as a reasonably healthy thirty-something year old why take this supplement. Well, first it doesn’t seem like it is going to hurt you. Most of us because of diet, stress, or other environmental factors carry some level of inflammation in our bodies. For me, this is something I have been monitoring a lot in the last couple of years. Early research is pointing towards a host of diseases possibly linked to inflammation. Two of those things I am interested in is aging and brain function. While a ton more research needs to be done there are indications that inflammation in the body and aging can be linked. Dr. Rhonda Patrick talks briefly about it here:
“Inflammation is increasingly being considered central to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and an important risk factor for vascular disease. Systemic inflammation may be regarded as accelerating the atherosclerotic process. Systemic levels of soluble inflammatory mediators such as C-reactive protein (CRP) have been associated with cardiovascular risk in the general population. CRP, or more specifically high sensitivity-hsCRP, is a marker of systemic inflammation that has been identified as a valid biomarker of cardiovascular risk.” – Autoimmunity Review
So basically it comes down to finding ways through diet, exercise, stress relief, and lifestyle changes to decrease inflammation in our bodies to live longer and healthier. So why not try to find ways on top of lifestyle changes to help this measure.
Thus, I was intrigued by SOLGAR’s Curcumin product as I am already a fan of using turmeric and have been known to make my own golden milk. SOLGAR’s Curcumin has won awards for the product and looked interesting. A more critical review can be found here.
Testing it Out
So I went ahead and took SOLGAR’s Curcumin supplement. Initially, I did not feel any particular effects either way. Some have said it caused gastrointestinal issues. I had it with a meal and did not feel any side effects.
Over the course of a week, I took it daily. While I can say I felt a little less achy in those places that are prone to joint pain thanks to years of destroying my body in sports. I can’t say it is a miracle supplement. However, if you have been looking for a curcumin supplement the Solgar brand seems to be a good one.
The best place to find it is online on Amazon or a specialty health food store. Overall, Solgar’s Curcumin is a good product and one worth checking out if you are in the market for it. With any supplement make sure you talk to your healthcare practitioner before starting a new supplement.
This post is meant for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Seek advice from your doctor before trying a new supplement.
This product was sent to me for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. The thoughts on this product are my own and were not influenced by the company.
Ariella Daly is a beekeeper, musician, and storyteller. She teaches natural beekeeping, dreamwork and women’s workshops utilizing European shamanic practices. A student of the Path of Pollen, she has studied honey bee shamanism and the way of the Melissae for the past 8 years in the United Kingdom. Ariella developed an interested in earth-centered traditions at an early age, which led her to study the myth and folk wisdom of her Celtic heritage. She utilizes her skills to address nature-deficit in our society and to empower people to connect deeper with themselves and the land through beekeeping.
I invited Ariella on the podcast after listening to her story on another podcast. What drew me to hear was her Instagram handle – @Beekeepinginskirts. How could I not have her on the podcast!?! We had a fascinating conversation about her connection with bees and how they helped save her life.
While the Path of Pollen classes have been criticized in certain circles and the book the Shamanic Way of the Bee has an interesting past to it, Ariella tells her story and her truth in relation to healing, bees, and shamanic work.