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Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin is the podcast for women who want to age powerfully and enjoy the best chapter of their lives.

It’s YOUR turn now to focus on nutrition, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and beauty.

Refuel your body. Reignite your wellness. Renew your passion. Fall (back) in love with your life, and discover what it means to age powerfully.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s four decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, life transitions and much more. We dive deep into topics like cultivating mindfulness, building strong relationships and setting boundaries, and choosing health…in a nutshell, how we can AGE POWERFULLY into this second half of our lives.

At Well Beyond 40, we empower women in their 40s, 50s, 60, 70s (and beyond!) to defy stereotypes and say, “It's my time now. It's my turn now. It’s my opportunity to step into my best life!”

For four decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. 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.

In addition to hosting Well Beyond 40, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made 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 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you rev up your metabolism, reignite your wellness, and step powerfully into the second half of your life.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Well Beyond 40 with JJ Virgin is the podcast for women who want to age powerfully and enjoy the best chapter of their lives.

It’s YOUR turn now to focus on nutrition, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, and beauty.

Refuel your body. Reignite your wellness. Renew your passion. Fall (back) in love with your life, and discover what it means to age powerfully.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s four decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, life transitions and much more. We dive deep into topics like cultivating mindfulness, building strong relationships and setting boundaries, and choosing health…in a nutshell, how we can AGE POWERFULLY into this second half of our lives.

At Well Beyond 40, we empower women in their 40s, 50s, 60, 70s (and beyond!) to defy stereotypes and say, “It's my time now. It's my turn now. It’s my opportunity to step into my best life!”

For four decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. 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.

In addition to hosting Well Beyond 40, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made 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 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you rev up your metabolism, reignite your wellness, and step powerfully into the second half of your life.

    Hormone Myths Debunked: Real Talk with Dr. Tabatha Barber

    Hormone Myths Debunked: Real Talk with Dr. Tabatha Barber

    I'm thrilled to welcome the incredible Dr. Tabatha Barber, known as the Gutsy Gynecologist, to Well Beyond 40. Dr. Tabatha’s journey is nothing short of inspiring—she became a mother at 17, dropped out of high school, and overcame immense challenges to become a renowned medical doctor and functional gynecologist. Her story is a testament to perseverance and faith, offering a powerful message to women in their 40s and beyond who are navigating their own life transitions.
    Dr. Tabatha shares her personal experience with menopause and how it has informed her compassionate approach to patient care. She emphasizes the importance of understanding hormone balance and addresses common myths and misconceptions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). As someone who has treated thousands of patients and gone through menopause herself, Dr. Tabatha brings a wealth of real-world experience and practical advice. Her unique combination of conventional and functional medicine allows her to provide holistic care that truly meets the needs of women in midlife.
    One key takeaway from our conversation is Dr. Tabatha’s emphasis on the critical role of estrogen in women's health. She debunks the long-standing fear surrounding HRT and highlights the significant benefits of hormone therapy, such as improved heart health, bone density, and overall vitality. Dr. Tabatha's insights are backed by her thorough understanding of medical research and her firsthand experience, making her advice both credible and relatable. A particularly powerful moment in our discussion is when Dr. Tabatha recounts her own sudden drop in estrogen levels and the profound impact it had on her mood and well-being. This personal story underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing hormonal changes with appropriate medical support, rather than resorting to antidepressants which can exacerbate symptoms.
    For actionable advice and a deeper understanding of how to navigate hormonal changes during menopause, be sure to listen to the full episode.

    FULL show notes: https://jjvirgin.com/drtabatha
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    YourLabwork: https://yourlabwork.com/jj-virgin/ 
    ACOG: Postmenopausal Estrogen Therapy Route of Administration and Risk of Venous Thromboembolism: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2013/04/postmenopausal-estrogen-therapy-route-of-administration-and-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism 
    Get Dr. Barber’s FREE Guide: The Gutsy Gynecologist’s Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally
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    • 38 min
    Do This Daily to Burn Fat & Build Muscle at the SAME TIME

    Do This Daily to Burn Fat & Build Muscle at the SAME TIME

    We're diving into one of the biggest myths in fitness: that you can't lose fat and build muscle at the same time. Spoiler alert—you absolutely can! In this episode, I’m breaking down the essentials of recomposition, a strategy that allows you to shed fat and gain muscle, even if you’re navigating the hormonal changes of perimenopause.
    Join me as I reveal the five key components of successful recomping. We’ll start with the importance of protein intake and how to calculate the right amount for your target body weight. Discover why resistance training is your best friend in this journey, and how specific exercises can maximize your muscle gain. Plus, learn about the role of sugar impact, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats in your diet to help you achieve your fitness goals.
    I'll also share practical tips on how to increase your daily movement, track your progress with the right tools, and use diet cycling to combat diet fatigue and keep your metabolism revving. From my personal struggles with fitness plateaus to the science-backed strategies that worked for me, this episode is packed with actionable advice that you won't want to miss.

    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/recomping
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    • 9 min
    How Your Brain Changes Through Menopause with Dr. Lisa Mosconi

    How Your Brain Changes Through Menopause with Dr. Lisa Mosconi

    If you've ever wondered whether menopause affects your brain, you're in for a revelation. This week, I'm thrilled to welcome back Dr. Lisa Mosconi, an associate professor of neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine and the director of the Women's Brain Initiative. Dr. Mosconi has been pioneering groundbreaking research that images women’s brains before, during, and after menopause, uncovering the profound changes we experience and how we can support our brain health through it all.
    Dr. Mosconi and I dive deep into the astonishing findings of her latest research, which is both enlightening and actionable. For the first time, we have solid scientific evidence that our brains do indeed change during menopause—and there are significant benefits to postmenopausal brains that you’ll definitely want to hear about. We discuss how hormone replacement therapy (HRT) impacts brain health and the exciting potential of new therapies that can stabilize brain function without increasing cancer risks.
    We also explore the three major life phases that transform women's brains: puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause. Dr. Mosconi explains how each stage involves a unique remodeling process that can impact our emotional and cognitive function. This information is empowering, providing you with the knowledge to better understand and manage these transitions.
    For those of us navigating midlife and beyond, Dr. Mosconi shares practical strategies to protect and enhance our brain health. From diet and exercise to stress management and sleep hygiene, she offers clear, evidence-based advice that you can start implementing today. Whether you're in your 40s, 50s, or beyond, this episode is packed with insights that will help you thrive and embrace this powerful stage of life.
    So join us as we uncover the incredible science behind the menopause brain, bust myths, and empower you with tools to ensure your brain remains sharp and vibrant for years to come. Don't miss out on this transformative conversation!
     
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/menopausebrain
    Learn more about Dr. Lisa Mosconi: https://www.lisamosconi.com/
    Buy Dr. Mosconi’s book, The Menopause Brain: https://themenopausebrain.com/
    Follow Dr. Mosconi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_mosconi/?hl=en

    Dr. Mosconi interview - The Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Lisa Mosconi https://jjvirgin.com/main-podcast/the-link-between-menopause-and-alzheimers-with-dr-lisa-mosconi-ep-423/
     

    • 45 min
    I Eat These 9 Foods and Don’t Get Old! BEST Anti-Aging Foods

    I Eat These 9 Foods and Don’t Get Old! BEST Anti-Aging Foods

    As we get older, it's more important than ever to make smart choices about what we put into our bodies. Today, I’ll reveal the nine foods I rely on to keep my energy up, my muscles strong, and my skin looking youthful. And trust me, a few of these might surprise you!
    We kick things off with fish, an absolute powerhouse when it comes to aging gracefully. You'll learn about the dual benefits of omega-3s and creatine found in fish, and how they support everything from brain health to skin elasticity. I also dive into the wonders of shellfish and taurine, and why you might want to start ordering that shrimp cocktail more often.
    Next, we explore the magic of deep green leafies and berries, and their crucial role in methylation—a process essential for turning genes on and off and keeping our cells running smoothly. I share my favorite ways to sneak these superfoods into your daily meals effortlessly.
    Cruciferous vegetables make an appearance too. I'll explain why you should be loading up on broccoli and cauliflower, especially if you want to help your liver detoxify your body and combat oxidative stress. And for those of you who haven't yet discovered the joys of fermented foods, I'll walk you through their benefits for gut health and beyond.
    We'll wrap up by talking about bone broth and beets, two often overlooked but incredibly beneficial additions to your diet. From supporting joint health to boosting nitric oxide levels for better circulation, these foods can make a huge difference in how you feel and look as you age.
    Tune in to learn how to incorporate these nine foods into your routine, and start feeling the transformative effects on your body and mind. Remember, it’s never too late to make a change that will help you age powerfully and beautifully.
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/eatthese9foods
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    Vital Choice wild-caught seafood: https://vitalchoice.sjv.io/daKYGy
    Study: ω-3 Fatty Acids in the Prevention of Cognitive Decline in Humans: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823515/

    • 17 min
    Exploring Cutting-Edge Research on Protein, Fitness, and More with Mike Mutzel

    Exploring Cutting-Edge Research on Protein, Fitness, and More with Mike Mutzel

    In this eye-opening episode of The Well Beyond 40 Podcast, I sit down with the incredible Mike Mutzel, a seasoned expert in the fields of biology and clinical nutrition. Mike's unique blend of scientific knowledge and real-world experience brings a fresh perspective to the table, especially on topics like fasting, hormonal health, and the real impacts of our dietary choices. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or someone curious about optimizing your health, this conversation is packed with insights that will challenge what you thought you knew about your body.
    Mike shares his personal journey through various health challenges and how they led him to explore the complex world of hormones and dietary impacts on our body's physiology. From the surprising effects of fasted workouts to the nuances of protein intake, Mike's stories are not only relatable but also incredibly informative. He breaks down complex scientific concepts into understandable nuggets, making it easier for all of us to grasp the significance of our daily health choices.
    We also dive deep into the myths and truths surrounding creatine, especially for women, and discuss why it's a game-changer for muscle health and overall vitality. Mike's evidence-based approach, combined with practical advice from years in the trenches, provides a wealth of knowledge that can help you fine-tune your health strategies.
    Don't miss out on this fascinating discussion! Tune in to learn how you can leverage the latest science to support your health goals and why sometimes, challenging the status quo can lead to better health outcomes. Whether you're dealing with specific health issues or just aiming to optimize your well-being, there's something in this episode for you. Join us as we explore the critical links between diet, exercise, and long-term health—empower yourself with knowledge and start making more informed choices today!
     
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/highintensityhealth
    Mike Mutzel Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/metabolic_mike/?hl=en
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    Study: Oreo Cookie Treatment Lowers LDL Cholesterol More Than High-Intensity Statin Therapy in a Lean Mass Hyper-Responder on a Ketogenic Diet: A Curious Crossover Experiment: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-1989/14/1/73
    High-Intensity Health: 25 vs 100 Grams of Protein After Exercise for Muscle Gains: New Study Breakdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4hqvDNJdkc 
    Study: Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435786/ 
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    • 51 min
    7 Anti-Aging Supplements Every Woman Over 40 NEEDS Daily

    7 Anti-Aging Supplements Every Woman Over 40 NEEDS Daily

    Ladies, if you’re still following the same supplement routine from your 30s, it’s time for a serious makeover. Our needs change as we age, and so should our approach to supplements. Just like you wouldn't stick to the same skincare routine from a decade ago, your supplement routine requires an update to truly impact your longevity and vitality.
    In today’s episode, I dive deep into the world of anti-aging supplements. I’ll share seven that have become non-negotiable in my daily regimen, particularly focusing on new additions that have supercharged my journey towards aging powerfully. But it’s not all about what’s trending in the anti-aging space. I also discuss staples and I’ll reveal why even old-school supplements like creatine are making a comeback in routines, not just for athletes but for anyone over 40 looking to maintain muscle strength and cognitive health. Each of these supplements offers unique benefits, from enhancing muscle function and bone health to boosting brain and metabolic health.
    Remember, aging is inevitable, but aging powerfully is a choice. Tune in to understand how each supplement works and to discover which ones might be worth adding to your routine.
    FULL show notes: https://www.jjvirgin.com/dailydose
    Download Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty: Your Anti-Aging Cheat Sheet: http://jjvirgin.com/antiaging
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    Download my free Resistance Training Cheat Sheet: https://jjvirgin.com/resistance
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    Akkermansia Muciniphila: https://pendulumtherapeutics.sjv.io/jr9zVP 
    Study: Impact of the Natural Compound Urolithin A on Health, Disease, and Aging: https://www.cell.com/trends/molecular-medicine/fulltext/S1471-4914(21)00118-0
    Study: QUALIA SENOLYTIC PLACEBO-CONTROLLED CLINICAL STUDY RESULTS: https://neurohacker.com/studies/qualia-senolytic-placebo-controlled-clinical-study-results
    Study: The Role of Vitamin K in Humans: Implication in Aging and Age-Associated Diseases: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8067486/
    Study: Taurine as a potential anti-ageing therapy: the key to reversing the aging process? Short communication: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10328712/
    Study: Potential Effects of Akkermansia Muciniphila in Aging and Aging-Related Diseases: Current Evidence and Perspectives: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10676789/
    Study: Akkermansia muciniphila supplementation improves glucose tolerance in intestinal Ffar4 knockout mice during the daily light to dark transition: https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/msystems.00573-23

    Study: Akkermansia muciniphila secretes a glucagon-like peptide-1-inducing protein that improves glucose homeostasis and ameliorates metabolic disease in mice: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33820962/

    • 15 min

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🌸AQuins ,

One of the best podcast for fitness and weight loss

This is for sure in my top podcasts. Easy to implement strategies for weight loss! Each time I refresh my podcast feed, I am hoping that I’ll see a new episode! If you aren’t already listening, do yourself a favor and subscribe!

Saoirse Sky ,

No BS, truthful, and helpful information

Jean provides truthful and helpful information. No B.S. And she's very inspiring and motivating. I've found myself getting excited once she puts up a new episode because I know it's going to be a great one.

Dhaximus ,

A clear example of a strong woman inside and out

There's a lot to admire about JJ Virgin but the most significant of all was how she never gave up as a mother during challenging times. Will definitely tune in to her shows and blog.

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