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Wellness and Weight Loss with Dr. Susan

Wellness and Weight Loss with Dr. Susan

By Dr Plank

Dr. Susan Plank is a functional nutritionist and an expert at finding the root cause of your symptoms. She specializes in finding the hormonal cause of chronic health issues like bloat, fatigue, and weight gain. She believes you don't need to eat less but need to eat right!

Dr. Plank's scientific approach to wellness and restored health uses specialized lab and hormone testing, "because if there's no testing, it's guessing. And I won't guess about your health."

From Dr. Plank: I try to keep the content fresh and up-to-date, I'd love for you to become a regular listener!

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Wellness and Weight Loss with Dr. SusanMar 19, 2021

Unlocking the Power of Fermented Foods (recipes included!): A Journey to a Healthier Gut and Mood
Sep 20, 202329:30
Transforming YOU: Your Personalized Path to Weight Loss & Wellness Success
Sep 13, 202329:30
Sleep Smarts: Unraveling the Secrets to Better Rest!

Sleep Smarts: Unraveling the Secrets to Better Rest!

Welcome to wellness and weight loss.  I am Dr Susan Plank, it’s a pleasure to have you join me today.  If you struggle with bloat, fatigue, low libido, and weight gain you are in the right place.

That's why I want you to

  1. Go to and complete our “Contact Today” form

  2. I’ll be in touch to Schedule your free Best Next Step consultation with me

  3. Then you can stop worrying and focus on feeling and looking your best

I’m worried about your general health.  You’re trying to watch what you’re eating and taking good care of yourself, but boy it is hard, isn’t it?

One of the most important markers of your general health is your sleep, good quality sleep.  Let’s get started with today’s show and start at the end of your day, sleep!

Sleep, we don’t really think about it until we aren’t getting it.  But sleep is a profoundly important part of your day, and you will sleep about 30% of your life.

It’s not just how long you sleep...

If you struggle with bloat, fatigue, hormone imbalances, low libido and weight gain go to and click “Contact Today”.  Let’s get you on the path to feeling and looking your best!  This is Dr. Plank, thanks for listening!

God bless, I look forward to talking to you soon!

Dr. P

Sep 06, 202329:41
The Dark Side of Counting Calories
Aug 30, 202328:55
Unlocking Vitality: The Benefit of Good Gut Bugs for Mood and Energy
Aug 23, 202329:03
Balancing Your Gut for a Brighter Mood

Balancing Your Gut for a Brighter Mood


Thanks for stopping by!

It's an intricate dance to attain health, an often-overlooked partnership exists between our gut and brain. This connection, known as the gut-brain axis, plays a pivotal role in influencing our mood, anxiety levels, and overall well-being. If you're among those seeking a natural path to wellness – particularly if you're dealing with both gut and mood issues– this guide is tailored to you.

If you are stressed, depressed or anxious and have any digestive issues chances are your gut-brain talk is causing your symptoms.

Listen in to find out more about your gut-brain (and mood) interaction! 🔊

How can I help?


Aug 09, 202329:20
Gut Health, To Save Your Life: More Than Acid Reflux, Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea

Gut Health, To Save Your Life: More Than Acid Reflux, Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea

When it comes to living a fulfilling life, good health, and gut health is the foundation that supports everything else. However, for many individuals in the 45-65 age group, gut symptoms like acid reflux, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea can be a constant source of discomfort and frustration. Unfortunately, the connections between gut health and whole-body health are not being made. This episode is to bring these to light!

Stop back soon for the next episode!

Dr. Susan

Aug 03, 202329:30
Inside Out: Navigating Leaky Gut Syndrome for Optimal Health

Inside Out: Navigating Leaky Gut Syndrome for Optimal Health

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as increased intestinal permeability, can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. By understanding its manifestations and adopting the right strategies, you can work towards achieving optimal gut health. The intestinal barrier normally acts as a selective barrier, allowing the absorption of nutrients while preventing harmful substances from entering the bloodstream. But if it breaks down, whole-body symptoms can start ... So, let's get started!

Thanks for listening!

Dr. Susan Plank

Jul 22, 202330:33
Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: Your Guide to Putting Out the Fire and Overcoming Digestive Issues

Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: Your Guide to Putting Out the Fire and Overcoming Digestive Issues

Are digestive challenges like heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD leaving you uncomfortable and searching for relief? Look no further! This comprehensive guide will explore natural strategies to help you overcome these issues and achieve optimal digestive health.

Digestive challenges can significantly impact our daily lives, particularly for people over 45 years of age. The constant discomfort, fatigue, and frustration can make it difficult to enjoy meals or engage in activities fully. But don't worry, by understanding the root causes of these issues and adopting a holistic approach, you can take control of your digestive health and experience a renewed sense of well-being.

Want to hear more on this topic? Let me know!

Dr. Susan

Jul 12, 202329:26
Conquering Candida "Itchy" Infections: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Effective Strategies for Success

Conquering Candida "Itchy" Infections: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Effective Strategies for Success

Candida infections are caused by the overgrowth of Candida, a common yeast-like fungus. There are various species of Candida and each can be troublesome. Today, Wellness & Weight Loss with Dr. Susan, I'll be doing a deep dive going to get to the bottom of what causes Candida and how we can solve it. We're going to discuss the imbalances that cause Candida overgrowth, and how you can start achieving infection relief and alleviating your "itchy" Candida symptoms related to vaginal yeast infection, athlete's foot, and jock itch!

Please subscribe if you find this content helpful!

Jul 09, 202328:50
Metabolic Syndrome and Sugar Addiction: Sweet Freedom - Breaking the Chains Keeping You Stuck
Jun 28, 202329:11
Strong Body Strong Mind: Men's Whole Health Webinar
Jun 22, 202356:26
Men's Health Concerns: Exploring the Link Between Low Testosterone, Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Diabetes
Jun 22, 202329:17
Testosterone: An Essential Hormone for Libido and Men's Life-Long Health
Jun 15, 202329:13
Healthy Men’s Guide to Balancing Blood Sugar for Erectile Dysfunction!
Jun 07, 202328:29
Cracking the Hormonal Code: Understanding Insulin Resistance and PCOS
May 25, 202348:59
Insulin Resistance, Weight Gain and the Energy Drain Connection
May 25, 202327:50
Breaking Down Insulin Resistance: What You Need to Know
May 18, 202328:20
Unraveling the Mysteries of PCOS: Understanding Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options
May 10, 202328:04
Breaking the Taboo: Why Women Fear Estrogen but Embrace Birth Control Pills

Breaking the Taboo: Why Women Fear Estrogen but Embrace Birth Control Pills


Today, women have been taught to fear estrogen but not birth control pills. This does not make sense to me. Birth control pills contain synthetic estrogen and progestins that are foreign to the body, have endocrine disruptor effects, which make blood "thicker" which can lead to blood clots, hypertension and much more.

Also, in this episode...

  1. Estrogen is Essential for a Woman’s Wellbeing
  2. Why Women Are Fearful of Estrogen
  3. Taking Synthetic Hormones - DETOX
  4. Synthetic Hormones in Streams and Lakes

These synthetic hormones have been found in streams and rivers, and they have been shown to have an impact on the reproductive cycles of fish and other aquatic organisms.

May 03, 202327:57
Hormone Harmony During Menopause: The answer to Fatigue, Anxiety, Night Sweats and Sleepless Nights

Hormone Harmony During Menopause: The answer to Fatigue, Anxiety, Night Sweats and Sleepless Nights


Here's this month's bonus video! Interested in finding out more about balancing your hormones or securing your own Hormone Harmony? Click here, Hormone Harmony Clinic!

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycle. It is officially diagnosed after a woman has gone a full year without a menstrual period.

Hormone imbalances related to menopause can have a significant impact on a woman's health and well-being. Hormonal changes can also increase a woman's risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, weight gain and other chronic health conditions. Additionally, some women may experience a decline in libido or other sexual changes due to the decrease in estrogen and testosterone levels. It's important for women to be aware of these potential changes and be able to speak to their partner with their concerns that arise during menopause. Consider personalized testing and guidance from a functional nutritionist! - timestamps - 00:00 - Hormone Harmony Workbook 01:20 - Introduction 02:09 - Life Stressors and Stress Hormone Response 05:08 - The Stress Hormone Cortisol 08:09 - Stress Hormone Cascade the Importance of Cholesterol 12:21 - Neurotransmitters Mood and Psychological Symptoms During Menopause 14:25 - Epinephrine Norepinephrine Anxiety During Menopause 15:39 - Dopamine & Serotonin Calming Sleep During Menopause 17:14 - How Hormones Become Impacted and Imbalanced 19:57 - Sex Hormones 22:36 - Estrogen 23:59 - Testosterone Fatigue and Low Libido During Menopause 27:11 - Causes of Hormone Imbalances Causing Menopausal Weight Gain and Belly Fat 30:28 - Two Types of Hormone Imbalances 33:19 - Hormone Balancing Diet 35:17 - Hormone Detox PCOS and Insulin Resistance 36:28 - Hormone Testing 37:35 - Hormone Balancing Adaptogens and Supplements 39:08 - Hormone Harmony Menopause Clinic

Apr 30, 202340:51
Combat Menopause Weight Gain with a Hormone Balancing Diet: The Ultimate Guide
Apr 26, 202328:50
Surviving Menopause: A Woman's Journey Through the Symptoms and Solutions

Surviving Menopause: A Woman's Journey Through the Symptoms and Solutions

Hi and welcome to another show!

This week we're talking menopause, buckle up because menopause symptoms aren't for the faint of heart. The

following is a women's thoughts...

"I wake up feeling exhausted even after a full night's sleep, my night sweats are affecting my sleep and intimacy. My mood swings, when I can recognize them, are unpredictable. The hot flashes make it difficult to concentrate at work, leaving me feeling embarrassed and that I am constantly on edge. I can't focus on anything, and my memory feels like it's slipping. It's affecting my confidence and self-esteem, and I feel like I'm not performing at my best. It's also impacting my relationships at home as I'm often irritable and short-tempered. I just want to feel like myself again and enjoy life without these constant symptoms."

Take Action

It's time to take control of your health and start feeling like yourself again. Don't let these symptoms hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. By educating yourself, getting your hormones tested and taking advantage of the personalized support and care options available during my Hormone Harmony Webinar and Clinic, you can achieve optimal hormone balance and improve your quality of life. Don't wait any longer to take the first step towards a happier, healthier you.

Register Hormone Harmony webinar

Hormone Harmony Clinic


  • hormone testing
  • hormone detox
  • hormone diet with recipes
  • group support meetings
  • Report of Findings with Dr. Plank
  • Personalized Hormone Harmony lifestyle plan

Learn more...

Have a great day!

Dr. Susan

Apr 19, 202328:49
Back to the Basics: Embracing the Paleo Lifestyle to Fight Inflammation

Back to the Basics: Embracing the Paleo Lifestyle to Fight Inflammation

Apr 14, 202329:10
Ketones: The Key to Unlocking the Keto Diet Benefits
Mar 29, 202329:30
Breaking Up with Sugar: The Science That Drives Your Sugar Cravings
Mar 23, 202328:08
Mastering Your Metabolism: The Key to Sustainable Weight Loss
Mar 15, 202328:13
Hashimoto's Diagnosis, Do You Need Synthroid?

Hashimoto's Diagnosis, Do You Need Synthroid?

You may not realize it but...

No, not all individuals diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis require Synthroid (levothyroxine) or other thyroid medication, but unfortunately, this information isn't readily shared with you.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, all autoimmune disorders are inflammatory in nature.  In Hashimoto's inflammation causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, leading to inflammation and damage. This may cause a decrease in thyroid hormone production, leading to hypothyroidism but the key here is may.  There is definitely inflammation being triggered and further evaluation should be considered to find the cause of the inflammation!

It's the chronic inflammation that causes the destruction of the thyroid gland, which therefore over time affects the thyroid's ability to produce T4 and T3 the thyroid hormones.

In some cases, Hashimoto's thyroiditis may not cause significant thyroid hormone deficiency, and the patient may not experience any symptoms. In such cases, medication may not be necessary, and the patient may be monitored periodically for any changes in thyroid function.

Therefore, the need for Synthroid medication in Hashimoto's thyroiditis really depends on the individual case, and if further evaluation is done to determine the cause of the inflammation.

If you think about it logically, Hashimoto's is an inflammatory condition but being treated with thyroid hormone replacement medication.

Let me know if you enjoy this video!

Dr. Plank

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Mar 14, 202309:42
Unlock the Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life: Tips for Adding More Quality Years to Your Journey!
Mar 08, 202328:43
Weight Loss, Starts with Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Weight Loss, Starts with Anti-Inflammatory Eating


There's one thing most weight loss plans don't consider, and that's that certain foods are inflammatory: foods like cheese, milk, gluten, yogurt and other grains.  In this plan I'm going to give you support with meeting, videos and daily delicious recipes that remove common inflammatory foods so you can reclaim your health!

Consider my very cost-effective online eating plan: 28 Days to a Healthier You

What do you have to lose?

Without removing inflammatory foods your weight loss will continue to lead to frustration and then self-sabotaging behaviors.  Why?  Because you're not getting results and you figure well if I'm not losing weight I may as well eat, so you eat out of frustration.  

What a vicious cycle!

Are you looking for practical ways to improve your health and achieve your wellness goals? Whether you want to boost your energy, lose weight, or simply feel better, my personalized, 28 Days to a Healthier You program will educate and support your body's needs.  We're starting March 1st.

Learn more here!

Will you join us?

Dr. Susan Plank

Feb 28, 202308:21
What is the Best Weight Loss Program?

What is the Best Weight Loss Program?

The short answer is the one that works for you!

Welcome to today's program where we will be discussing how to become a healthier you in just 28 days. I am excited to introduce you to a unique and highly effective nutrition program - "28 Days to a Healthier You." I designed this very cost-effective program to help you achieve your health goals, improve your overall well-being, and feel better than you have in years.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for both physical and mental health. One of the most significant benefits of a healthy weight is the reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved confidence.

Testimonial from Natalie: "I had to go into the office today and was able to wear a pair of pants that were far too tight just a few weeks ago!!!!" 02/21/2023, She has lost #11 in the first 28 days!

Are you tired of feeling sluggish and weighed down by poor nutrition? Do you struggle to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle? If so, then the "28 Days to a Healthier You" program is exactly what you need to achieve your health goals and improve your overall well-being. During this program, you'll receive a comprehensive guide to nutrition, with recipes, shopping lists, what should you eat, what should you not, ongoing education and support, and I’m going to personalize the plan just for you…

But you have to sign up!  

Learn more, click 28 Days to a Healthier You: Beat Inflammation, Shed Weight, and Conquer Autoimmunity!

This is a virtual nutrition online program with one-on-one telephone consultations, online weekly group meeting, weekly shopping lists, daily recipes, food logging and weight tracking.

We start March 1st!

Feb 22, 202327:23
How to Care for Your Hashimoto's Naturally
Feb 15, 202329:08
Discover the Surprising Truth About Chocolate - Healthy or Harmful? And Special Guest Host Katie Lovitt and I Discuss IBS!

Discover the Surprising Truth About Chocolate - Healthy or Harmful? And Special Guest Host Katie Lovitt and I Discuss IBS!


Welcome to another episode of Wellness & Weight Loss w/ Dr. Susan.

On today's episode we're diving into the latest research on Chocolate, and the presence of heavy metals which are harmful to adults and children.  You can read more here.

And I'll be joined by my Guest this week, Katie Lovitt.  Katie was a presenter at this year's Weight Loss Reboot Sumit.  Katie is an expert in IBS and digestive issues but she's going to share her mindset hints and tips to be able to incorporate changes into your daily routine and she'll also discuss "Someday goals" and "Should goals."

So, let's get started!

To sign up for my newsletter, or offer ideas for content you'd like to hear, please click HERE.

To check out Katie's website click Here.

Give us some love!! 💓but be leery of the chocolate, LOL!

Feb 09, 202334:60
Boost Your Metabolism, Boost Your Brain Health (Get Parkinson's Insights)
Feb 01, 202333:00
What is TSH? & Special Guest Kylie Fagnano Discussing Cool the Burn: Understanding the Root Cause of Heart Burn and How to Soothe It
Jan 25, 202331:07
Wellness & Weight Loss Reboot Summit Free Giveaways*!
Jan 18, 202303:54
The Pros and Cons of Low-Calorie Eating & An Intimate Conversation w/ Dr. Jessica Whelan Around Women’s Healthcare: Creighton Model FertilityCare™

The Pros and Cons of Low-Calorie Eating & An Intimate Conversation w/ Dr. Jessica Whelan Around Women’s Healthcare: Creighton Model FertilityCare™


As you might know we're in the middle of the Wellness & Weight Loss Reboot Summit this week.So, I wanted to talk about the Pros and Cons of Low-Calorie 

Eating, it isn't for everybody, find out why.  You can find more information HERE.

But I was more than happy to cut my discussion short to invite to the show Dr. Jessica Whelan, ND.  We had a very intimate, honest and needed conversation around her experiences around her hormones and menstrual cycle as a younger woman and how it shaped her career.  She's an expert on the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ and she will be speaking tomorrow at the Wellness & Weight Loss Reboot Summit, register now, HERE and join in to hear Dr. Jessica share more insights and cutting-edge information at the summit.

See you there!  Can't make the summit LIVE, no worries, you'll get all the replays, but you have to register now!

Thanks for listening,

Dr. Susan Plank

Jan 18, 202334:03
Weight Loss Questions? Don't miss this, one week only!
Jan 13, 202302:21
Wondering How to Lose Weight?
Jan 12, 202301:12
Should You Give Dry January aka Dryuary a Try (Just this Once)?

Should You Give Dry January aka Dryuary a Try (Just this Once)?

January 16th-20th, 2023 Weight Loss Reboot Summit

Why should you consider giving up alcohol?

Dry January is a popular health trend. The idea is simple — give up alcohol for a month and reap the benefits.

The goal of Dry January is to get people to see how much they drink and how it affects their lives. Many people find that by giving up alcohol for a month, they feel healthier, more energetic, and more productive at work.

It's not just about giving up alcohol for a month — it's about making healthy lifestyle changes that will last long after January ends.

Here are some of the health benefits you can expect from giving up alcohol:

  1. Better sleep:      Alcohol disrupts sleep patterns because it stimulates the production of adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones that affect the brain chemical      serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate sleep cycles, so when it's disrupted by drinking too much alcohol, it can make falling asleep more difficult.
  2. Less anxiety:      Research shows that drinking too much alcohol can interfere with serotonin levels in your brain, which may be why people report feeling less anxious      after giving up booze.

Weight loss: Read more HERE

Are you bothered by nagging symptoms; fatigue, bloat and weight gain?  Invest 30 minutes in your health, complete my online health assessment: HERE

Thanks for listening!

~Dr. Plank

Jan 11, 202327:60
Setting Weight Loss Goals That Get Results
Jan 07, 202328:11
To Lose Weight and Get Healthy How Many Carbs Should I Eat?
Oct 12, 202228:13
Mood and Food: 7 Powerful Tips to Conquer Emotional Eating

Mood and Food: 7 Powerful Tips to Conquer Emotional Eating

We all live with stress, negative thoughts and the occasional comfort food — but if any of these gets too intense, they'll rob you of joy, leave you feeling defeated about your health and wear you out. No matter your age or gender, it's time to take a deep dive into your stress, negative thoughts and feeling.

We often give ourselves a hard time when things aren't going our way. We drag out past mistakes, dwell on past failures and replay them over and over again in our minds. Similarly, we rehash our insecurities, putting ourselves down and placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves.

I frequently see this with weight issues, someone's past failures holding them back from moving forward. Do you ever find yourself doing any of the above? If so, then it's time you checked-in with your thoughts and feelings.

This is a gold nugget, it's not what happens to us that determines how anxious or depressed we feel, it's the meaning we give to the event.

When we attach a negative meaning to something, it can lead to stress, depression and anxiety. This is because we aren't separating our thoughts and feelings. Our interpretation of an event, a trigger, affects our feelings, which in turn affects our thoughts.

So, while I think it's very important to be able to challenge your thoughts, your triggers and stressors might still be there which creates cravings for comfort. Being aware of your need for comfort whether from food, sweets, nicotine or alcohol. All of these are avenues to handle stress and our pent-up emotions in an unhealthy way.

This is where our mental health and physical health converge through our triggers, feelings and thoughts. And when we reach for comforting foods, we want comfort in the moment but we're actually self-sabotaging our mental and physical health.

I want to share with you some ways to challenge your self-thoughts, but I want to make you aware of the adrenal stress hormone cortisol and how it’s coming into play and making you feel worse.

This is a powerful episode!

Would you like more information about this topic?  Read my blog here.

Best in health~

Dr. Susan

Jul 27, 202228:51
Menopause Symptoms and The Surprising Benefits of Testosterone Replacement
Jul 14, 202228:32
Testosterone: 5 Things Every Man Over 40 Needs to Know

Testosterone: 5 Things Every Man Over 40 Needs to Know

You might not give much thought to the idea of low testosterone, but the moment you turn 40, it should have been a top priority. You start making less testosterone every year for the rest of your life.  Low testosterone level in men can often be correlated with erectile dysfunction (ED) or sexual dysfunction. It can even cause problems such as loss of muscle mass, increase in body fat, lower bone density and declining overall health.

For men over 40, low testosterone can interfere with your health, sex life, and even your ability to think clearly.

Your risk for low testosterone increases as you get older, it's important to be aware of the symptoms. They include:

Testosterone is a hormone that's produced mainly by the testicles. It plays a role in sperm production as well as bone and muscle mass. Low levels of testosterone can affect your libido and energy level. It can also cause changes in mood and memory problems.

Other concerns:

  1. You have difficulty falling asleep at night or staying asleep through the night
  2. You wake up exhausted even after a full night's sleep
  3. You feel irritable or frustrated throughout the day
  4. You experience depression or anxiety more often than usual

Low testosterone (or low T) is when your body doesn't produce enough of the hormone testosterone. It's also sometimes called andropause (a male menopause).

If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, I urge you to invest 30 minutes in your health and take my online Health Assessment, then schedule a chat during your Best Next Step nutritional consultation.

Let's get some answers, I want to help!

Dr. Plank

P.S. Take Dr. Plank's online Health Assessment here!

Jul 01, 202227:59
Hormone Connection of a Healthy Heart and A Healthy Weight!
May 16, 202227:60
Plate Portions for Weight Loss and Surprising Vegetables You Should Limit
May 10, 202233:14
Is Menopause Contributing to Your IBS and Gut Issues?
May 08, 202228:28
Save Your Gallbladder!
May 03, 202227:46
IBS: Do I Have IBS?

IBS: Do I Have IBS?

Do You Have IBS?

IBS, stands for irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a group of very common symptoms such as:

· Gas

· Chronic bloating

· Cramping

· Constipation

· Diarrhea

We all experience mild gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort every now and then with the symptoms I listed above. It’s when these symptoms last for months and years that IBS is diagnosed.

IBS can be very disruptive depending on the severity of your symptoms. Some, a lucky few, have mild discomfort every now and then. While others find it difficult to enjoy a normal lifestyle due to their symptoms.

Apr 23, 202228:40