JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast is THE go-to podcast to stop dieting as a hobby, lose weight, and prevent weight regain.
With over 13 million downloads (and counting!), we empower people to take control of their health with simple, actionable strategies to use right now.
Real Food, Real Change, Real Results.
Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s 3 decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, and much more.
At Ask the Health Expert, we take a different approach to weight loss. Diets do work... to a point. They help people eliminate hidden food intolerances and lower their sugar impact.
In the bigger picture, though, they don't honor our intuitive GPS, which helps people learn what works (and what doesn't work) for their unique biochemical makeup.
If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss... one that works, even when nothing else has.
For over 3 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 Ask the Health Expert, 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.
Her upcoming book (coming soon!), teaches people how to lose weight and avoid weight regain by ditching dieting and trusting their intuitive GPS.
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 lose weight, stop weight regain, and build your dream life.
Is Your IBS Really SIBO? with Shivan Sarna
If you've been suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and have yet to find relief—you may be looking in the wrong place. Following the general recommendations for optimal gut health may lead you to probiotics, but those can be a problem if you're actually dealing with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It's estimated that up to 80% of people with IBS have SIBO.
Healing SIBO author, TV host, and founder of the SIBO SOS Summits, Shiva Sarna, joins JJ for a primer on this common digestive disorder. In this conversation, you'll learn all about its symptoms (some of which you may not realize are connected, like rosacea and restless leg syndrome), how people end up with SIBO, and the tests you can take to get a diagnosis.
They also discuss dietary changes you can make to help with SIBO, including how you can rebuild your microbiome and the herbal protocol you can follow to promote a healthy gut.
Shiva shares her story of how she healed from a lifetime of health issues that started at 5 years old with food poisoning. It's a message of hope, how you can avoid the tragedy of an unmanaged chronic condition and start to finally feel better.
As a bonus for listeners, Shiva offers her SIBO IBS SOS Guide designed for you to take straight to your doctor's office to help you accelerate the healing process.
Is Your IBS Really SIBO? Download Your FREE Guide to SIBO and IBS
Getting to the Heart of Heartburn
Are you popping antacids like candy all day? Does it feel like they never seem to help your heartburn? Listen up! Heartburn can really take the joy out of a delicious meal. More than half of adults experience this, so chances are you know how hard it can be to enjoy your dinner when you know it might come with consequences later on. In this episode, you'll learn why heartburn happens, how antacids could make symptoms worse, foods to avoid and what to swap them with, and additional diet and lifestyle changes you can make that turn heartburn into fat burning.
Exercising with a Thyroid Condition: How to Lose Weight and Beat Fatigue with Dr. Emily Kiberd
Chiropractor and movement expert Dr. Emily Kiberd helps women struggling with thyroid issues to lose weight, beat fatigue, and feel strong and confident in their bodies. She's here to explain what you can do to work out smarter, not harder, with a thyroid condition!
Listen as Dr. Kiberd shares her own experience with thyroid issues that led her to reprogram her workouts, as well as the most common exercise mistakes that could be holding you back if you have Hashimoto's or another thyroid condition.
Dr. Kiberd also explains why it can be harder to maintain muscle mass with low thyroid function, plus she reveals her top recommendations on how to incorporate strength training into your routine so you can build lean muscle.
Find out exactly how to exercise with a thyroid condition so you can lose weight and get your energy back!
Get Dr. Kiberd’s free Thyroid Strong guide
Boost the Impact of Exercise
Increasing the impact of exercise can help you lose weight, feel better, and get great results faster. Here, I share with you my most effective strategies to make your workout more effective. You’ll learn why exercise timing matters (and the best time to do it), the secret to boost your morning workout (this is so simple and effective), and how to burn more calories through everyday movement, Plus, you’ll learn the best type of workout (this literally takes minutes to do!), why overdoing cardio can create more harm than good, and the after-workout mistake that can block fat burning. Whether you’ve maintained a fitness routine for years or are just getting started with an exercise routine, you won’t want to miss this actionable, empowering information.
Break The Cycle of Estrogen Dominance with Kate Vazquez
Are you a busy, high-functioning woman who struggles with stress, sleep, eating healthy, and maintaining a sense of balance in life? For most people, hormonal imbalances underlie these and other issues. With a few simple, effective strategies, you can restore that hormone balance so you look and feel your best.
You’ll learn how here. JJ talks with Kate Vazquez, a Functional Medicine practitioner, founder of Radiant Health, author of Estrogen Is A B*tch, and creator of Break the Cycle Bootcamp. Kate talks about estrogen dominance, why it matters, and what you can do about it.
Listen in to learn the 3 patterns of estrogen dominance (including the most common form), the first hormone to decline during menopause (and how to restore it), and 5 common symptoms that she commonly sees with estrogen dominance. Plus, Kate reveals what causes irregular cycles, the hormone culprit behind many PMS symptoms, the stress-estrogen dominance connection, and how insulin and cortisol contribute to estrogen dominance.
Kate also shares her tried-and-true ways to rebalance estrogen. She talks about seed cycling for hormone balance (plus how to do it), the best foods to support healthy estrogen metabolism, the importance of mindset, and why “me time” is critical (you can hang up your Superwoman cape!)
Whether you’re going through perimenopause or postmenopause, or you want to overcome estrogen dominance and restore hormone balance, Kate guides you through simple, effective solutions to look and feel better fast in this fun, information-packed chat. As a bonus for our listeners, Kate provides a quiz to help identify estrogen dominance.
Take Kate’s FREE Estrogen Dominance Quiz
Why You Want Brown Fat & How to Get It
You already know about the various types of dietary fat, but there are also multiple types of body fat, too—and they're not all created equal. In this episode, you'll learn about the different colors of fat and which one actually helps you lose weight, the major health benefits of brown fat for inflammation and metabolic health, and three strategic ways you can brown your body fat like a marshmallow over an open flame, including how to flavor your meals and how red wine and chocolate can be of service.
JJ Virgin is a true health expert and an amazing interviewer who keeps the show interesting and will stop to highlight important points. I always learn something and have an action step or an affirmation step to keep my health on the right track.
Love this podcast!!!
So thankful that I stumbled upon this podcast! It contains so much useful information that’s helping me to establish healthy life-changing habits. Thank you JJ!!
Pivotal & Powerful Hope
Pivotal as always JJ. As a certified Health Coach, I am always looking for that piece of information or idea that can help someone, including myself, get to the next level of healing. Especially if you been at it for a while and feel stuck, and episode #396 with Dr. Alex Loyd delivered!
His work on how you can reshape memories to jumpstart healing is so spot on and timely. As you mentioned on the podcast, you can do all the things like change what you eat, get more sleep, but if your internal memories keep your body in fight or flight mode you’re filling a very leaky bucket!
I often use your podcasts as an educational tool for my clients and this one just made it to the top of the list! Trauma and default memory healing is truly the only way some with a desire to be fully healthy can reach their potential and your podcast and work is a huge part to that recipe.
Thanks for all you do and keep bring us the good stuff!
Bobbi McGrath from BE FOR YOU in Illinois💪🏻👊🏻😊