The Optimal Body
The Optimal Body
Oct 28, 2020
45 | Birth Control and Women's Health with Dr. Jolene Brighten
58 min

Feel like sex ed didn’t really teach you about your body? Need birth control for your irregular periods or chronic acne? Tune into this extremely informative interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten Naturopathic physician, author, and leader in women’s health as she reveals the truths behind women’s health and birth control.   Did you know that a woman has a fertility window of one day per month? Or what the difference is between an STI and an STD? Dr. Brighten dives into these topics head first in order to make sure you fully understand the concepts behind what birth control, contraceptives, and periods really mean to women and their health.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten: @drjolenebrighten

01:48 – Dr. Jolene’s mission or purpose on this earth - Why purpose is important

05:05 – Dr. Jolene’s recommendations on where to start in finding accurate information about young women’s developing bodies

06:27 – The truth behind a woman’s fertile window

09:22 – The truth behind sex education - The lack of effectiveness due to scare tactics

14:50 – Fertility awareness methods from Dr. Jolene

17:42 – Contraceptive facts from Dr. Jolene - The difference between STIs and STDs

19:08 – The unethical historical truth behind the pill and the research behind it

22:03 – How hormonal birth control actually works - What makes the pill effective

24:54 – The lack of information of long term effects associated with birth control

26:16 – The importance of nutrition intake while taking birth control and why

28:48 – Risk factors with taking birth control - Politics behind birth control information

32:30 – The truth behind why birth control can help with acne - Advice on how to get off birth control

36:11 – Dr. Jolene’s alternatives to birth control for healthy skin

40:12 – Dr. Jolene’s advice for those who have irregular periods - Facts behind your period

45:57 – Differences in physician credentials and the understanding behind the medications being prescribed

About Dr. Jolene Brighten:

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health.

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Leanne Ward Nutrition
Leanne Ward Nutrition
Leanne Ward
Eat to Win with performance chef, Hannah Grant
On today’s podcast, I am joined by special guest, performance chef, Hannah Grant. Hannah is the team chef on the pro cycling tour and, just recently, filmed the gripping Amazon Prime series Eat Race Win. On today’s podcast, Hannah and I start by discussing what made her want to become a chef and how she made the leap from chef to performance-based chef. We then talk about the concept “food is your fuel, your conditioning agent and your recovery” before moving onto how she creates delicious recipes for some of the world’s top athletes. She tells our listeners her top tips for creating delicious yet healthy meals at home and how to make veggies taste better. We chat about how she comes up with unique recipes for her athletes with different tastes, allergies and intolerances and requirements. Finally, we end the podcast with her connection to another special podcast guest, Dr Stacy Sims and how they work together to benefit their athletes. To follow Hannah on Instagram, head to @dailystews on Instagram or, to check out Hannah's cookbooks, head to her website and use the code “leanneward” for a discount. Please subscribe and leave me a review If you enjoyed this podcast, please tag me and share it in your Instagram stories and leave me a positive rating or review in the purple Apple Podcast app (in the rating & reviews section underneath the episode lists). This really helps my podcast get prioritised by Apple and helps me disseminate evidence based information to the people that need it the most! Don't forget to subscribe to my podcast so you never miss an episode!
1 hr 3 min
The Darin Olien Show
The Darin Olien Show
Darin Olien
Could Sirtuins Increase Your Life & Slow Down The Aging Process?
Aging. It's a process in life that we're all going through- right from the second we're born. Although aging isn't actually a disease, it does bring many risks. Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and cancer are just a few examples.  But what if everything we think we know about aging is about to change?  A few radical yet innovative scientists propose that aging may not be as inevitable as we once thought. Dr. David Sinclair is a Harvard Professor who is best known for his research on aging and lifespan extension. In 2014, he nabbed the title for one of the 100 "most influential people in the world" by TIME magazine. In a recent episode of The Darin Olien Show, we started discussing redefining the process of aging with a massive spotlight on the roles of sirtuins, resveratrol, and NAD+. What Are Sirtuins? Since the early 1990s, scientists have managed to pinpoint at least one so-called "Longevity gene." These age-controlling genes are present in almost every single lifeform on the planet. One group of these genes is known as sirtuins.  Sirtuins are protein enzymes that regulate various cellular functions. These functions include aging, inflammation, detoxification, stress resistance, metabolism, sleep cycles, and mitochondrial biogenesis (DNA). There are several sirtuins that an organism can have, ranging from SIRT-1 through to SIRT-7. For example, bacteria have one, yeasts have five, and humans have seven.  "Without them, the body doesn't really know how to take care of themselves. That includes things like digest food well, process it, give the body energy, heal itself, even memory is controlled by these sirtuins."  Intermittent Fasting & Sirtuins Fad diets are everywhere. But one that seems to have stuck, and is doing us some good, is intermittent fasting. For a while now, scientists have known that restricting your calorie intake can slow the aging process. This is because calorie restriction stimulates sirtuin activity. Fasting is a type of biological stress for our bodies. "If we skip a meal or two, or even three, we know we're not going to run out of food. But our bodies don't know that," says David. "They've evolved to panic when we're not getting enough food, and they turn on these defenses," which in the short term can work wonders on the body.  One of the sirtuins' top functions is autophagy. Think of autophagy as the process of cellular housekeeping. It's the body's way of cleaning out damaged cells to regenerate newer, healthier cells. During starvation, autophagy keeps the body going by using up and breaking down old, cellular junk to keep all the body's necessary processes going.  Regarding sirtuins, "They're quite bossy," David chuckles. "They tell other proteins what to do. They don't do the work themselves." As they begin clearing out cellular waste, they leave in its wake a trail of health benefits. For example: Significantly improve mental focus and concentration Boost and support the body's "good" inflammation response Remove toxic proteins from the cells linked to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, and maintain healthy cholesterol levels While this all sounds like some kind of miracle, you have to remember that just skipping a few meals won't permanently help your sirtuin. In fact, its activity declines by about 60% as you age.  So, what can we do to increase our sirtuin activity? Resveratrol Sparks Sirtuins Studies are starting to show that your sirtuin levels will also increase when you boost your resveratrol intake. Resveratrol is part of a group of compounds called polyphenols, which are thought to act similarly to antioxidants.  "It is almost the gasoline or the fuel source for the sirtuins," David says. But, "it's hard to get a lot of resveratrol into the body; it's very insoluble." While you can get a tiny amount from a glass or two of red wine, it still isn’t enough.
53 min
All About Fitness
All About Fitness
Pete McCall
Holiday Fit Gift Guide with Tricia Murphy Madden
Yes, the Holiday season is upon us which means two very important things: a chance to slow down from the usual frantic pace of life to spend time with loved ones and close family AND the insanity of 2020 is almost behind us. This has definitely been one of the craziest, most hectic years in anyone’s lifetime, BUT the good news is that we’re almost through, we just have to make it through the Holiday season. If you’re like me, I LOVE giving gifts to the people who are important in my life, it’s a chance to show how much I care about them. However, while I love giving gifts, I find the process of picking out gifts somewhat intimidating which is why I’ve put together the 4th Annual All About Fitness Holiday Fit Gift Guide to help you find that special something for the special someone in your life who loves to sweat.    Yes, the is the 4th annual Fit Gift Guide but it’s the first one I’ve recorded with a good friend and colleague, Tricia Murphy Madden (previous gift guides were recorded with Amanda Vogel, who was unavailable this year).    To help you find the perfect gift for that special someone I asked Tricia to come up with ideas that would be perfect for women while I offer suggestions for the men in your life. Whether it’s a colleague or distant cousin that you got in the family gift exchange or someone you snuggle with every night, hopefully you will hear a suggestion that will help you identify the right item to give this Holiday season.   In the interest of full disclosure, some of the gifts suggested are from previous guests of the All About Fitness podcast - that’s only because I have been using the products and believe in their ability to help you to enhance your quality of life.    The following gifts are all mentioned in the podcasts, some are generic ideas while others are specific; coupon codes, where available, are noted below:   EightSleep smart mattress; a mattress that automatically adjusts to your needs for an optimal night's sleep use code AAF150 to save $150   Under Armour Recovery Sheets: help promote recovery from exercise while you sleep:   Viome - testing of your gut biome to identify the optimal nutrition and vitamins for your needs; use code AAF10 to save 10% on the purchase of any of the testing kits:   Starbucks Holiday Cup - allows recipient to get 1 free coffee or tea throughout month of January, available at Starbucks nationwide.   MasterClass annual pass - give the gift of education: membership - if making it to live classes is a challenge, Homeroom Fit is a virtual platform that brings some of the country's best instructors directly to you.   Home workout gear for the Barre group fitness junkie (perfect companion for a Homeroom Fit subscription):  Bender Ball / mini-bands by Kira Stokes / Micro-bars by Bodybar / Booty Kicker - home Barre stand (weights not included) / Yoga mat   Hoodie towel from Billabong - dry off and change in cozy comfort Hoodie towel from Billabong    Rechargeable electric socks (as found on Amazon)   Fit Radio subscription - give the give of music to keep a friend moving all year long:   Myaderm CBD cream - helps relieve minor aches and pains, a perfect stocking stuffer for the active person: Available at Dick's Sporting Goods   Rad E-bikes Rad City 4 E-bikes are an environmentally friendly way to get around for short commutes or running quick errands.   Stealth Training gloves from Throwdown Industries - these workout gloves are specially designed to keep germs and nasty viruses off your hands:    Give the gift of fitness education: Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple teaches readers how to design their own workout programs; include 21 different workouts. Exercise for the Fountain of Youth e-book - educates readers on the types of exercise that can slow the effects of the aging process - only $7
55 min
School of Calisthenics Podcast
School of Calisthenics Podcast
Tim & Jacko
Ep 153 // Saving Our Health & Our Planet - Sustainable Farming
There's nothing more important than your health, right? And there's nothing more important for our planet than the health of it, right? . It's those two things we discuss in this weeks podcast and we urge you to not only listen to this one but also take action. Take action in terms of responsibility and accountability we all have of course for our own health but also the health of the planet. . We are very lucky to be joined by two fantastics guests Dr Sally Bell (for her 3rd appearance on the podcast) and Peter Greig owners of Pipers Farm. We get great insight from these two guests on the importance of where we get our food from and how we produce our food from both perspectives of the quality of food and nutrients there in, as well as the preservation and health our of farming soils and ultimately the planet as a whole. . Dr Sally Bell is a functional medicine doctor with a wealth of knowledge on holistic health (find out more here and Peter is from Pipers Farm (see more here that has a sustainable farming philosophy and a desire to protect the planet and at the same time produce the highly quality natural ingredients to nourish his customers. (I've personally tasted the the pork, beef and chicken from Pipers Farm and can confirm it is delicious! - Jacko) . Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did, that it makes you stop and think and take what action you can. . Tim & Jacko . Full show notes, links and 50% off BLACKFRIDAY Deals -
1 hr 11 min
The Get Over Yourself Podcast
The Get Over Yourself Podcast
Brad Kearns
Expert Insights, Part 3: Health Optimization (Breather Episode with Brad)
*This episode is full of life-changing insights from an assortment of experts on the subject of health optimization and biohacking.* Sure, we all already know about the importance of building healthy habits, but taking it a step further and learning why your brain prefers to engage in the familiar will leave you more motivated to actually make those necessary changes that optimize your health. And this goes beyond the physical — mental health obviously stills falls under the umbrella of health optimization, and this show will prompt you to ask yourself many thought-provoking questions, like: can I make it through one day with no whining, no complaining, and no excuses? Some other key points covered during this episode: * *The importance of service.* Tom Bilyeu of the popular Impact Theory ( ) YouTube channel says: “Work your ass off at something you care very deeply about to get very good, so you can serve not only yourself, but others.” * Because *the brain tends toward down wiring to save energy,* try to be intentional about creating new habits. One of the best things you can do for yourself is create a morning routine ( ) you can stick to, as *it sets you up to be a more disciplined person throughout the day.* Otherwise, you’ll find yourself slipping into old habits. * Do your best to protect yourself against EMF exposure ( ). “We don’t know certain effects on humans, but we do know that rates of autism have risen from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 68 in a very short time, a few generations,” Tommy Wood ( ) comments, and chances of developing Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other cognitive decline conditions are now 1 in 2. Experts believe this is strongly correlated with environmental pollution, particularly EMF, as well as dietary choices (forget about Type 2 Diabetes, watch out for Type 3!). * *Fast on days you fly.* When you’re in a plane, you’re exposed to a lot of EMF. But when you are in a fasted state, your internal antioxidant production is boosted. Also, if you fast and wait to eat until after you’ve arrived at your destination, this will greatly help your body adapt more quickly to the time difference. * *Protect your personal reputation.* * Value your time more than your own possessions. *Be early.* Pete Caroll points out that *there is a difference between being early and being on time:* Being early demonstrates not just a high regard for yourself, but also for others, while showing that you have discipline and focus. Thanks for listening! *TIMESTAMPS:* Work your ass off at something you really care about. [01:39] When you build good habits, you free up more energy to work on peak performance. [02:51] Building good habits at bedtime is very important. The same routine helps get optimal sleep. [07:14] Take five deep breaths before responding to a stimulus. [08:06] From 12 to 3:00 AM are the critical hours where the remnants of mammalian hibernation lie for our species. [09:07] Electromagnetic Field exposure and poor diet are of real concern. The brain cells are most sensitive to dysfunction. [10:29] Before plane travel, it’s a good idea to fast and/or do a high-intensity workout before boarding a plane. [13:34] Pete Carroll, the football coach, gives tips for success. One is always to protect the team; two is no complaining, and three is to be early. [17:13] Remember that you will die. Value your time rather than possessions. Put your life up for review. [21:00] *LINKS:* * Brad’s Shopping Page ( ) * Impact Theory ( ) * Brad’s Morning Routine ( ) * Dr. Ron Sinha ( ) * Dr. Jack Kruse Podcast ( ) * Dr. Joe Mercola ( ) * Tommy Wood ( ) * Brad’s podcast with Brian Hoyer ( ) * Brad’s podcast with Gordo Byrn ( ) *Join Brad for more fun on:* Instagram: @bradkearns1 ( ) Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh ( ) Twitter: @bradleykearns ( ) YouTube: @BradKearns ( ) We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to If you have a moment, please share an episode you like with a quick text message, or leave a review on your podcast app. Thank you! Check out each of these companies because they are absolutely awesome or they wouldn’t occupy this revered space. Seriously, Brad won’t sell out to anyone if he doesn’t love the product. Ask anyone. * Almost Heaven Sauna ( ) : Affordable at-home sauna kits for the ultimate relaxation and hormonal boost on demand * Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece: ( ) Mind-blowing, life-changing nut butter blend * CAR.O.L bike: ( ) Cardiovascular optimized logic stationary bike for a highly effective eight-minute workout * Male Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): ( ) Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplement * Perfect Keto: ( ) The cleanest, purest, most potent ketone supplements and snacks * LetsGetChecked ( ) : At-home medical testing with great prices, quick results, and no hassles * Vuori Activewear: ( ) The most comfortable, functional, and fashionable gear, evoking the chill SoCal coastal lifestyle *Donations* ! ( ) This free podcast offering is a team effort from Brad, Daniel, Siena, Gail, TJ, Vuk, RedCircle, our awesome guests, and our incredibly cool advertising partners. We are now poised and proud to *double dip* by both soliciting a donation ( ) and having you listen to ads! If you wanna cough up a few bucks to salute the show, we really appreciate it and will use the funds wisely for continued excellence. Go big (whatever that means to you…) and we’ll send you a free jar of Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece ( ) as a thank you! Email ( ) to alert us! Choose to donate now ( ) , later ( ) , or never. Either way, we thank you for choosing from the first two options! :] Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries:
24 min
The [P]Rehab Audio Experience
The [P]Rehab Audio Experience
#75 | How To Improve Sleep During A Pandemic With The Sleep Doctor
In this episode, Dillon and Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor, discuss how to improve sleep quality during stressful times such as the current pandemic. Dr. Breus answers how much should we sleep per night? Is it about quality or quantity? What is a chronotype and how do we utilize it to improve sleep? Are sleep apps on smart phones accurate? All of this and more answered on this episode! Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world to have passed the Sleep Medical Speciality board without going to Medical School. Dr. Breus was recently named the Top Sleep Specialist in California by Reader’s Digest, and one of the 10 most influential people in sleep. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and on the show (39 times). Dr. Breus is the author of The Power of When, (September 2016) a #1 at Amazon for Time Management and Happiness, #28 overall) a bio-hacking guide book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your genetic biological chronotype. His second book The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (Rodale Books; May 2011), discusses the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism. His first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-WeekProgram to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin), an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, is a do-it-yourself guide to better sleep. For over 14 years Dr. Breus served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD. Dr. Breus also writes The Insomnia Blog (on and can be found regularly on Psychology Today, and Sharecare. Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Ray, Fox and Friends, The Doctors, Joy Behar, The CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and Kelly and Michael. He is an expert resource for most major publications doing more than 250 interviews per year (WSJ, NYT, Washington Post, and most popular magazines- list available upon request). Enjoy! -Team [P]Rehab Link to Dr. Breus Website Link to Quiz To Identify Your Chronotype Link to The Power Of When Connect with Dr. Breus: Facebook: @thesleepdoctor Instagram: TheSleepDoctor Twitter: @thesleepdoctor LinkedIN: Michael Breus Read Article: The Health Benefits Of Sleep Link to Learn About [P]Rehab Programs Link to more episodes on sleep Link To Submit Questions/Topics Visit our website: Follow us on: Instagram | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter Connect with Team [P]Rehab [P]Rehabbers thank you for listening and let us know what to talk about next. We hope to help you take control of your health through education! Did you enjoy this? Please rate, review, share, and subscribe. Every bit of feedback, comments, subscriptions, and sharing helps!!!
52 min
Plant Proof -  Evidence based nutrition
Plant Proof - Evidence based nutrition
Plant Based Nutrition & Inspirational Stories
Vegans...we need to talk with Psychologist Melanie Joy
In *Episode 112* I sit down with *Harvard-educated* *Psychologist and best selling author Melanie Joy *to discuss how we form our beliefs about food and how vegans can have healthier, more productive, conversations with non-vegans. An episode that I believe will be highly instructive regardless of the diet that you follow. *In this episode we cover:* * Melanie's personal journey to studying Psychology at Harvard and writing her award winning book* "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism" * * Why our food choices matter * The carnism ideaology * Carnistic defense systems and the three N's: 'Normal, Natural and Necessary * Effective vegan advocacy: how to communicate better as a vegan * Shame vs guilt * The idea of thinking about process vs content when communicating with someone who holds a different opinion to you * Why the debate format sets us up to fail * How you can be a part of the solution * What a 'vegan ally' is * The idea of watering the right seeds * and much more While my episodes usually focus on nutrition science I found this exchange fascinating and believe many of the learnings hold true for our communication in general, whether that be related to food choices and the exploitation of animals or not. My plan is to extend this into a 3-4 part series, with Melanie to return and another high profile vegan activist in the coming months so we can continue exploring this topic together. *Resources*: The 3 minute video on Carnism created by Melanie and her team Beyond Carnism that I referred to in this conversation Connect with Melanie on Instagram @beyondcarnism website Melanie's Book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, 10th Anniversary Edition The Vegan Matrix - another book written by Melanie exploring what she believes is a serious problem with the vegan movement: unexamined privilege. Melanie's 2015 TedX Talk Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices *My Book:* My book is coming out early 2021 published with Penguin - I cannot wait to share with you. In the lead up the launch I am going to share information about the title, cover, ways to win a copy, live event dates, free e-books etc. Register your email here so I can keep you up to date. *Want to support the show?* The single best way you can support the show is by leaving a review on Apple podcast app - it only takes a few minutes and would be much appreciated. *Simon Hill, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist * Creator of and host of the Plant Proof Podcast Connect with me on Instagram and Twitter @plant_proof
1 hr 27 min
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