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JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast has become THE go-to podcast for all things nutrition and wellness. Every short, knowledge-packed episode combines cutting-edge science with simple action strategies you can use right now. As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ helps you stay fired up and focused on being your healthiest rockstar self. That’s why Ask the Health Expert Podcast has over 10 million downloads and counting! Tackling everything from fast ...
 
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JJ brings back a fan-favorite of the show, America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tony Youn. Dr. Youn is one of the nation's leaders in teaching health-conscious men and women how to look and feel their best. In today’s episode, Dr. Youn shares key information about skin care, including what’s the bare minimum that someone should do with their ski…
 
"I've been stress eating. Do you have any tips for changing this habit?" asks Kaitlyn from Facebook. Here with our answer is Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. Stress eating is something many of us struggle with on a daily basis. In her answer, Serena gives us a set of tools to help us handle stress so that we do…
 
"What are your favorite foods for glowing skin and reducing acne?" asks Cynthia from Facebook. Here to answer is Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. In her answer, Serena tells us some of her favorite foods for skin health and shows us how these foods may work to protect our skin and make it glow. For more from Se…
 
"I keep hearing about adaptogens for helping with stress. What are they and which are your favorites?" asks Gilly from Instagram. Here with our answer is Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. According to Serena, adaptogens can be a huge help when it comes to balancing your stress levels. In her full answer, she hel…
 
"How does Reiki work?" asks Tori from Facebook. Here to answer is Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. In her answer, Serena teaches us exactly what Reiki is and how it can bring peace and may help support a healthy lifestyle. If you've ever been curious about Reiki, this episode is a must-listen. For more from Ser…
 
"What is the story with crystals? Any benefits or is it total woo?" asks Sarah from Instagram. Here with our answer is Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and Reiki Master. Crystals have a long history of metaphysical and health uses. In this episode, Serena explains how crystals work and how using them may help protect ourselves a…
 
You're in for a treat: Dr. Joe Mercola, bestselling author and founder of the world's number one natural health website, joins JJ for a bonus episode of Ask the Health Expert! Today's topic is all about Dr. Mercola's groundbreaking KetoFast protocol that combines the ketogenic diet and strategic meal timing. Listen as Dr. Mercola shares the incredi…
 
"Turmeric requires black pepper and if that makes the gut more permeable, how do I deal with that?" asks Ann F from Facebook. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Virgin Diet. Curcumin is an extremely healthy nutrient, but it can be confusing when figuring out the best way to get it into your sy…
 
"Any help for hot flashes?" asks amy.j.gearing from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Exercise Physiologist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. In her answer, JJ provides us tons of actionable advice to work with hot flashes in the way that serves us best. If you are struggling with your hot flashes, this episode is a must-listen.…
 
"What are your thoughts on diet culture vs. intuitive eating?" asks annlafees from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. It can be hard to keep track of all the different paradigms in regard to eating. In this episode, JJ deconstructs the concept of a diet and gives us a new way …
 
"Any suggestions for curbing appetite and cravings?" asks Sobia from Facebook. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board-Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. This is an important issue that many of us face on a daily basis. In her answer, JJ lays out the various causes of cravings and some actionable advice on how to handle…
 
"I use a body fat scale every day but what the heck do all the different numbers mean?" asks Tiffany from Facebook. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. Body fat scales are an important measurement tool on the weight loss journey. Tune in to the episode to hear JJ break down how they…
 
What if I told you menopause doesn’t have to be a thing women are required to suffer through and tolerate? What if you could meet the transition with ease and a sense of calm? Today JJ is joined by special guest Dr. LaKeischa McMillan, Integrative Gynecologist and Hormone Specialist. Dr. McMillan has a passion for helping perimenopausal and menopau…
 
"What foods seem 'healthy' but should be avoided for gut health?" asks Stella from Twitter. Here to answer is Dr. Stephen Gundry, former cardiac surgeon and author of the best-selling Plant Paradox book series. Not all foods are as healthy as they seem. In his answer, Dr. Gundry points out the most deceptive and dangerous foods for gut health. Use …
 
"What do you recommend for energy-boosting foods and suggest avoiding that are energy-depleting foods?" asks Inez on Facebook. Here to answer is Dr. Stephen Gundry, former cardiac surgeon and author of the best-selling Plant Paradox book series. In this episode, Dr. Gundry breaks down the most dangerous foods for your energy as well as the best ene…
 
"I've been really moody and gaining weight, but not eating more. Why? How can I reverse this?" asks Liz on Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Stephen Gundry, former cardiac surgeon and author of the best-selling Plant Paradox book series. According to Dr. Gundry, the answer may likely lie in the gut. Tune in to the full answer where he breaks d…
 
"What is time-restricted eating? Is it healthy?" asks Sarah on Instagram. Here to answer is Dr. Stephen Gundry, former cardiac surgeon and author of the best-selling Plant Paradox book series. Fasting has become very popular, with many different methods being used. In this episode, Dr. Gundry explains what time-restricted eating is and the great he…
 
"Why am I always so tired? Is it what I'm eating?" asks Austin on Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Stephen Gundry, former cardiac surgeon and author of the best-selling Plant Paradox book series. Dr. Gundry has worked with the issue of exhaustion a great deal in his practice. In this episode, he shares his expertise on the connection between …
 
Dr. Jason Fung is a bestselling author and world-renowned expert on fasting. He joins JJ in today's podcast episode to reveal the powerful benefits of fasting and how you can incorporate fasting into your routine to take back your health! Listen as Dr. Fung explains why the calories in-calories out method of dieting doesn't work, as well as why fas…
 
"How will I know if I have a food intolerance?" asks Georgia from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. It can be tricky to pinpoint a specific food intolerance because our bodies are so complex. In her answer, JJ gives us a sustainable method for identifying food intolerances an…
 
"I'm 54 and have had cystic acne for a year. What test should I take?" asks Vevster from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. In her answer, JJ helps identify what the underlying cause of cystic acne may be. She leverages her expertise to recommend some tests to see what'…
 
"Is snacking on plain, sugar-free jello OK?" asks Gabriela from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. In this episode, JJ breaks down the health implications of artificial sweeteners and the sustainability of snacking on sugar-free jello. Tune in to the full episode where she off…
 
"Can you suggest some good snacks to keep up my calorie intake while I am breastfeeding?" asks Ashley from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of the Sugar Impact Diet. According to JJ, the key is to get the right nutrients in the meals you eat daily. Tune in to her full answer where she offers s…
 
"What does it mean to eat by the clock?" asks uujerri from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. The timing of your eating may be more important than you think. In this episode, JJ breaks down exactly what it means to "Eat by the Clock," and how you can get your meal timing down …
 
Maintaining a healthy mindset is just as important as maintaining a healthy diet. Some argue it’s more important. A positive mindset has a direct link been linked to overall well-being and happiness. Danette May, America’s leading healthy lifestyle expert, joins JJ on the podcast today to discuss self-love, forgiveness, and how kindness toward your…
 
"How can paleo and vegan diets both be good for the thyroid?" emailed Roberta. Here with our answer is Dr. Alan Christianson, naturopathic medical doctor and author of NYT bestseller The Adrenal Reset Diet. It may seem contradictory that both of these diets are good for thyroid health. In this episode, Dr. Christianson explains how each of these di…
 
"Has thyroid disease become more common?" asks Josephine from Facebook. Here to answer is Dr. Alan Christianson, naturopathic medical doctor and author of NYT bestseller The Adrenal Reset Diet. Thyroid disease is a common topic in today's age, and the frightening reason for this is that it is on the rise. In his answer, Dr. Christianson breaks down…
 
"My 23andMe says I am at risk for age-related macular degeneration. What should I do for prevention?" asks Julie from Facebook. Here to answer is Dr. Rudrani Banik, board-certified ophthalmologist and functional medicine expert. In her answer, Dr. Banik explains exactly what macular degeneration is, how it can arise in an individual, and what you c…
 
"Is there anything additional you would advise for immune support to those who are being treated for cancer?" asks Barb from the Super Immune Secrets Masterclass. Here to answer is Dr. Heather Paulson, board-certified naturopathic oncologist. Immune support is extremely important in these times and this is especially true for cancer patients. In he…
 
"I recently went into remission from cancer. Any recommendations for getting healthier and staying in remission?" asks Janet Cohen from Facebook. Here with our answer is Dr. Heather Paulson, board-certified naturopathic oncologist. According to Dr. Paulson, there are three fundamental things to focus on for helping to stay in remission and living a…
 
Melissa Ramos is a nutritionist with a background in Chinese medicine, and she joins JJ in today's episode to talk all about fibroids. A shocking 70% of women will experience at least one fibroid by age 50, but there are steps you can take to balance your hormones and reduce your risk. Listen as Melissa explains what fibroids are, how to tell if yo…
 
"What macro ratio would you recommend for weight loss?" asks alyonasoleil from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Virgin Diet. According to JJ, the recommended macro ratio will change depending on your personal constitution. Tune into the full answer where she shares her expertise w…
 
"Any advice on protein for vegans so I can lose fat like I used to?" asks call.me.esquire from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Exercise Physiologist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. Getting your daily protein intake on a vegan diet can be challenging. In this episode, JJ gives some key considerations on the best ways to get yo…
 
"What about high cholesterol and coconut oils?" asks joannavic12 from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. Cholesterol has historically been a confusing and controversial topic. In her answer, JJ explains the various measurements and metrics associated with cholesterol, ho…
 
"Do you recommend weighing yourself every day when trying to lose fat?" asks s5j4w4 from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Virgin Diet. This is a question JJ gets all the time and her answer has changed over the years. Check out the full episode where she describes the utility of using a…
 
"What do you think about a 'raw foods, vegan, low-fat, mostly fruit, with a lot of walking' plan for weight loss?" asks letsgoski from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. According to JJ, there are some nutritional deficiencies involved with a diet like this. Tune into he…
 
Many of us have struggled with multiple diets and still have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off. A lack of lasting results keeps us feeling frustrated and discouraged. Meet intermittent fasting expert Gin Stephens. She joins JJ on today’s episode to talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting as it pertains to not only weight loss, but…
 
"Why has our culture moved away from fasting?" asks Joanne from Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Will Cole, functional medicine expert and best-selling author of Intuitive Fasting. Fasting has been a part of human nature for ages, but in recent times it has escaped us. In this episode, Dr. Cole outlines how our modern lifestyle of convenience…
 
"How do I get out of my head and into my body when it comes to food?" asks Quinn from Facebook. Here to answer is Dr. Will Cole, functional medicine expert and best-selling author of Intuitive Fasting. In this episode, Dr. Cole explains how we can utilize the principles of intuitive eating and metabolic flexibility to stop thinking so much when it …
 
"What is metabolic inflexibility and how does it affect your health?" emailed Barbara. Here with our answer is Dr. Will Cole, functional medicine expert and best-selling author of Intuitive Fasting. Metabolic flexibility can help support your overall health and wellness. Tune into the full episode where Dr. Cole explains what metabolic flexibility …
 
"Why are chronic caloric restriction and intermittent fasting not considered the same thing?" asks Corinne from Instagram. Here to answer is Dr. Will Cole, functional medicine expert and best-selling author of Intuitive Fasting. According to Dr. Cole, there are some key differences between the two. Tune into the full episode where he outlines the d…
 
"What health benefits does fasting have besides weight loss?" asks Jason from Facebook. Here with our answer is Dr. Will Cole, functional medicine expert and best-selling author of Intuitive Fasting. There are multitudes of health benefits of fasting that extend far beyond weight loss. In this episode, Dr. Will Cole breaks down exactly what happens…
 
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and author, and an expert in the area of wheat sensitivity and autoimmune disease. He's back on the podcast by popular demand to share how to optimize your brain function and feel your very best! Listen to find out how wheat can trigger an inflammatory response in your body and the symptoms t…
 
"What are your thoughts on coconut product substitutions?" asks Karen from Facebook. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Virgin Diet. Coconut products cover a wide variety of uses and there are now many substitute products that can do the same. Tune in to her answer, where JJ lays out the different c…
 
"I am looking for a detox program to start a weight-loss program. What do you recommend?" asks Patricia from Facebook. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. In her answer, JJ describes the difference between a diet and detox, and the role of each. Tune in to discover the best way to implement the…
 
"Is intermittent fasting safe for diabetics?" asks kathyhartsfieldharris from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Exercise Physiologist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. Intermittent fasting can be extremely useful as a tool for your health, but there are some important safety precautions you should take. In this episode, JJ …
 
"How can we increase the protein in our smoothies?" asks s_amiii.martinez from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet. Smoothies are a terrific way to easily increase your protein intake. In this episode, JJ gives us the key ingredients to a great protein smoothie that is bo…
 
"I have no idea how to get enough protein for my body weight every day. Any suggestions?" asks dklarussa63 from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet. According to JJ, the answer to this question varies depending on your situation. In this episode, she breaks down what your protei…
 
It’s simple, when you make your gut happy, you can clear up your skin too. Dr. Vincent Pedre, Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, joins JJ on the podcast today to talk about the gut-skin connection. Dr. Pedre, the author of the book Happy Gut, has helped thousands resolve their gut-related health issues. …
 
"How do you change your training to match your menstrual cycle?" asks Melissa from Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Stephanie Estima, doctor of chiropractic care and expert in metabolism and body composition. In her answer, Dr. Stephanie breaks down each week of the cycle and how it applies to training and exercise. Tune in for plenty of acti…
 
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