Ask The Health Expert

Ask The Health Expert

Triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer JJ Virgin is a passionate advocate of eating and exercising smarter. JJ and her team help people stay fired up and healthy as they age, so they feel the best they ever have at age 40+. JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose previous features include co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, 2 years as the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil, and numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows caregivers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life. JJ hosts her popular podcast, relaunched as Ask the Health Expert in June 2020, with over 5.5 million downloads and counting. She also regularly writes for Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green, and other major blogs and magazines. Visit www.jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you build your dream life.

Episodes

May 13, 2021 5 min

"What are your top 3-5 best tips for thriving in perimenopause as hormones fluctuate erratically?" asks soopbox from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Virgin Diet.

In JJ's thorough answer, she breaks down the most important factors when it comes to balancing hormones during perimenopause. Tune in to hear her actionable advice on how to thrive in this time of ...

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"What is your opinion of a healthy weight loss per week?" asks Meredith from Facebook. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Exercise Physiologist and author of The Virgin Diet.

In her answer, JJ informs us of her philosophy when it comes to measuring weight loss. This is an awesome episode if you want to build a more intentional practice of weight-loss measurement.

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"Which vitamin would you say women over 40 are lacking most?" asks Jackie from Facebook. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet.

This is a great question, and the answer depends on multiple factors. In her answer, JJ helps outline the essential vitamins and the ones which are most likely to be deficient in your diet. If you're curious about which supplements are right f...

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"Can you get enough fish oil from eating fish or do you need a supplement?" asks Morgan from Facebook. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet.

Fish oil has a vast range of benefits which JJ describes in her answer. Tune in to hear how fish oil can fit into your diet, and how to know if you're getting enough.

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What’s the low-down on hormones? What are they? They influence our health, but how? And how do they change as we age?

We’ve got Dr. Anna Cabeca, known as The Girlfriend Doctor, here to talk all things hormones with JJ.

Dr. Anna is a triple-board certified, Emory University trained OB/GYN and author of two best-selling books: The Hormone Fix and Keto-Green 16.

She is on a never-ending quest to find solutions that help women reclaim ...

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"What do I do about having no sex drive?" asked Jessica from Facebook. Here with our answer is Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Board Certified OBGYN and Functional Medicine Specialist.

This is a question Dr. Kryin hears ALL the time. Tune in to hear her definitive answer where she breaks down WHY this is happening and WHAT you can do about it.

For more from Dr. Kryin Dunston, check out her FREE Diet Deceptive Dozen report at bit.ly/Diet...

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"I'm 40, why does my body feel so broken?" asks Leigh during a consultation. Here to answer is Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Board Certified OBGYN and Functional Medicine Specialist.

In her answer, Dr. Kyrin explains the biology of what is happening as we age into our 40s. Listen to the full answer where she breaks down the hormonal details of why this is happening, and the action you can take to get your body back to where you wa...

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"My OB told me that bioidentical hormones don't work. Is that true?" asks Brenda from Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Board Certified OBGYN and Functional Medicine Specialist.

According to Dr. Kyrin, this is a common and dangerous misconception. Tune in to hear the full answer where she breaks down the importance and utility of bioidentical hormones.

For more from Dr. Kryin Dunston, check out her F...

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"Can I have a healthy menopause without hormone replacements?" asks Michelle from Facebook. Here to answer is Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Board Certified OBGYN and Functional Medicine Specialist.

Great question! In Dr. Kryin's answer, she tells us the story of her clinical experience with hormone replacements. Tune in to hear her deconstruct some of the myths behind hormone replacements, and get to the truth of the issue.

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"I am so confused about what to do for my health in menopause. Why is it so hard to know the right thing to do?" asks Tabatha from Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Kyrin Dunston, Board Certified OBGYN and Functional Medicine Specialist.

According to Dr. Kyrin, this confusion is very common. In her answer, she shares with us her expertise and personal experience with menopause and lays out some clear advice on how to t...

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Veronique Cardon's health and weight struggles started when she moved to the United States and began working in a high-stress job as a corporate executive.

Realizing she needed to make a change, Veronique embarked on a journey to become a holistic nutritionist and heal herself. Along the way, she discovered that the key to weight loss success starts with changing the way you think. That's how the CogniDiet was born!

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"I need encouragement and motivation with my overall health plan. Can you help?" asks Christy from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Exercise Physiologist and author of The Sugar Impact Diet.

Staying consistent on your plan is the most important factor for success. In her answer, JJ gives us several concrete and actionable techniques to stay motivated and consistent with our health plans.

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"What do you think about having a small bowl of oatmeal at night instead of a main meal at dinner time and then eating more at lunchtime? Healthy?" asks Christy from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, board-certified in holistic nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet.

In her answer, JJ explains that it's not just "what" you eat, but also "how" and "when" you eat. Tune in to the full e...

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"I've been hearing about carb cycling. Would you care to share the pros and cons?" asks swisshahn from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet.

According to JJ, carb cycling is an important practice to consider when working with your diet. Tune in to hear the full episode where she explains the purpose of carb cycling and varying your diet, and how this can he...

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"How would your body know if you need magnesium? How much is a healthy dose to consume each day?" asks swisshahn from Instagram. Here to answer is JJ Virgin, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and author of The Sugar Impact Diet.

Magnesium is one of the most discussed mineral supplements around. And there is a reason why. In this episode, JJ lays out all of the great benefits magnesium brings. If you are curious about ma...

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"What is your top advice for adult pimples?" asks sezifit from Instagram. Here with our answer is JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and author of The Virgin Diet.

According to JJ, there are a few key factors that must be considered when dealing with skin health. Tune in to the full episode where she addresses each one and provides actionable advice to get your skin back on track.

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Did you know that the average American consumes food or a beverage 16 times a day?!

That’s right. 16 TIMES.

Snacking culture, rushed schedules, and coffee drive-thru contributes to that.

Cynthia Thurlow, a seasoned nurse practitioner and a globally recognized intermittent fasting expert for women, joins JJ to discuss an alternative to the ‘snack-pocalypse: Intermittent Fasting.

Cynthia deep dives into the adjustments to nutrition a...

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"What happens when people lower iodine?" asks Carly B from Facebook. Here with our answer is Dr. Alan Christianson, naturopathic physician and author of NYT bestseller The Thyroid Reset Diet.

In his answer, Dr. Christianson describes how low iodine diets are utilized for multiple health purposes. If you are curious about the effects of low iodine in the body, this episode is a must-listen.

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April 22, 2021 5 min

"What about iodine and breast health?" asks Alex from Instagram. Here to answer is Dr. Alan Christianson, naturopathic physician and author of NYT bestseller The Thyroid Reset Diet.

According to Dr. Christianson, this is an often confused point. Tune in to hear his full answer where he describes the origin of the connection between breast health and iodine, and how we can correctly understand the relationship between the tw...

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April 21, 2021 6 min

"Are some people iodine deficient?" asks Simone from Instagram. Here with our answer is Dr. Alan Christianson, naturopathic physician and author of NYT bestseller The Thyroid Reset Diet.

In his answer, Dr. Christianson explains the history of iodine deficiency and how it has evolved over the years. He identifies the groups and demographics of people who are most likely to be iodine-deficient, as well as those likely to be f...

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