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HealthTalks NOW is a podcast presented by Baptist Health, bringing you the facts you need to keep you and your family well. We’re committed to providing compassionate, high-quality care that is centered on you. Baptist Health is here to help you become a healthier you.

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HealthTalks NOW is a podcast presented by Baptist Health, bringing you the facts you need to keep you and your family well. We’re committed to providing compassionate, high-quality care that is centered on you. Baptist Health is here to help you become a healthier you.

    Navigating Nutrition with Erin Simon

    Navigating Nutrition with Erin Simon

    Welcome to the Health Talks NOW podcast, a Baptist Health production committed to bringing you the facts you need to help keep you and your family well.  We are wrapping up our mini-series Like A Pro. Today, we hear from Erin Simon. Erin is serious about nutrition and has seen how it impacts not only athletic performance, but also overall health and wellbeing. Today’s conversation touches on body image, eating disorders, nutrition, healthy eating and overall wellness. 

    To kick off the conversation, Erin shares about her own nutrition journey. Much like many athletes in women's soccer, she admits to struggling with an eating disorder during her college years. Her mindset shift came when she began to learn about nutrition as a means to fuel her body for peak performance on the field. Since she was a health and exercise science major in college, Erin had a broad knowledge on the subject. Wanting to learn more, she hired a nutritionist who helped her understand the concept of macros. After applying this newfound knowledge to her own life, she noticed huge changes in her performance, energy levels, speed, acceleration and more.

    As women, we have been conditioned for a long time to consume less calories in order to fit into society’s mold of a beautiful woman. This is the exact opposite of the messages being preached to our male counterparts. Erin points out how easy it is to see someone on social media and assume they have a perfect life. She has witnessed a shift recently as more people are beginning to be more open about mental health. For any young girl athletes working through the standards put upon us as women, Erin shares her best advice. Listen to what your body is telling you it needs and prioritize your gut health. Athletes’ main focus should be on their performance rather than their appearance.

    Then, Erin offers a look into her eating schedule. She normally eats 5 small meals per day every 2.5-3 hours. On game days and the night before, she intakes more carbs than usual for future energy. She adheres to the 80/20 rule, in which 80% of her lifestyle habits are healthy and balanced, while the other 20% gives her time to enjoy herself and relax with loved ones without obsessing over health and nutrition. She believes that shocking your body with cheat meals is actually a good thing as it forces it out of its normal routine and allows it to learn to adapt to other things.

    Finally, Erin participates in a lightning question round so that listeners can get to know her a little better. Hear about her staple dinner recipe, favorite guilty pleasure food, workout and training music and her favorite restaurant in Louisville.

     

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:45] Introduction to the episode and today’s guest.

    [1:30] - Erin’s nutrition journey.

    [5:00] - How society’s standard for women have affected Erin’s role as an athlete.

    [7:16] - Advice for young female athletes making sense of the standards put upon them.

    [9:03] - Erin’s game day vs. rest day eating habits.

    [10:15] - The 80/20 rule.

    [12:26] - Lightning question round.

     

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    • 15 min
    Mental Health with Kyle Morton

    Mental Health with Kyle Morton

    We are continuing on with our mini-series Like A Pro. Today, we hear from Kyle Morton, goalkeeper for Louisville City FC.

    To kick off the conversation, Kyle shares his experiences with mental health and advocates for prioritizing mental wellness. As a professional athlete, Kyle recognizes that pushing his body to the limit takes a toll on mental health. He gives some tips for prioritizing mental wellness, such as finding balance and relationships away from work.

    Kyle shares how he has grown to recognize and respond to the warning signs of his mental health declining. He then goes on to talk about men’s mental health. Advocacy for men’s mental health is a fairly recent movement. He also talks about how to find balance while maintaining high-level professional performance, and he gives some valuable advice to up-and-coming athletes.

    Finally, Kyle participates in a lightning question round. Hear about Kyle’s morning routine, his latest reading recommendation, and his favorite Louisville activity.

     

    Key Takeaways:

    [00:57] Introduction to the episode and today’s guest.

    [02:11] Why mental health is important.

    [03:42] Kyle’s tips for prioritizing mental wellness.

    [06:55] Men’s mental health.

    [07:47] Finding balance.

    [10:03] Lightning round Q&A.

    • 13 min
    Prioritizing Self Care with Gemma Bonner

    Prioritizing Self Care with Gemma Bonner

    We are continuing with our mini-series Like A Pro. Today, we hear from Gemma Bonner, a defender for Racing Louisville FC. Gemma has learned firsthand the importance of self-care, recovery and rest. As a professional athlete, these things are critical to maintaining top performance—though they ring true for everyday life, as well. 

    To kick off the conversation, Gemma shares that the older she gets, the more important a ritual of self-care has become in her life. She has learned that self-care can be beneficial in different ways, both mentally and physically. It’s so easy to get caught up in our external world and forget the simple task of looking after ourselves. It can be as simple as making sure you are getting enough sleep and putting good fuel into your body.

    Gemma reveals her practical approaches to self-care. First and most importantly, she ensures that she gets enough sleep—at least 8 hours every night. To help with sleep and relaxation, she often turns to meditation. She also drinks plenty of water and stays hydrated to avoid fatigue and brain fog. She has recently taken up the commitment of yoga, which has helped her performance and mental health. She admits that she finds self-care easier to practice when she is on her training schedule in the U.S. compared to back home in England. For those struggling with time, she offers advice on getting started.

    It’s important for Gemma to find a balance between her life, work and socializing. Our society reinforces the message of hustle culture, especially for women. Gemma has learned that she doesn’t necessarily have to push herself to the extreme in one area, when there are so many other areas she could improve in. This might include something as simple as reading a book to help mental toughness. If there is anyone listening who feels they need permission to give themselves a break, this is your sign. Pushing beyond your limits can actually be more harmful than good.

    Finally, Gemma participates in a lightning question round so that listeners can get to know her a little better. Hear about her bedtime routine, mood boosting music and her favorite thing to do in Louisville.

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    • 22 min
    Eat to Win with Tyler Gibson

    Eat to Win with Tyler Gibson

    We’re kicking off a special mini-series of the show! Baptist Health serves as the team physicians for both the men’s and women's professional soccer teams here in Louisville, Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville. We’ll team up with members of each team for this special series we’re calling Like A Pro. 

    Today, we’re joined by Tyler Gibson. Tyler is a midfielder for Louisville City FC and is extremely passionate about nutrition and how it affects overall health and performance. To begin, he shares that nutrition has always been a huge part of his career. Little things like feeling sluggish, brain fog and acne led him to play around with his nutrition and eliminate different food groups as experimentation. Since he has made some big changes in the last two years, he has noticed a difference in how he feels and his overall energy levels.

    Though he is on the smaller side, Tyler reveals that he actually eats more than anyone on the team. He is very habitual in the morning. First, he’ll have a glass of lemon water, then drink celery juice, then have a fruit smoothie. His favorite food is potatoes, and he shares that he eats them almost every day. He played around with being vegan, but now just tries to cut down on meat, dairy and gluten. He believes this has helped with his energy levels and not feeling tired after a meal. With carbs like potatoes, fruit and rice, he never feels sluggish on the field.

    Tyler says that hydration is a key element for promoting recovery before and after a game. He finds that drinks like coconut water help him stay hydrated more than just drinking water. He finds it’s also important to replace the carbohydrates you have depleted. When he is hydrated and nourished, Tyler is less likely to cramp and notices he has much more energy to give to games and training.

    Finally, Tyler participates in a lightning question round so that listeners can get to know him a little better. Hear about his guilty pleasure meal, which position he would most like to play, his favorite restaurant in Louisville and more!

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:49] Introduction to today’s guest, Tyler Gibson.

     

    [1:30] Tyler’s personal approach to nutrition.

     

    [3:33] Tyler’s nutritional habits

     

    [6:03] Tyler’s thoughts surrounding carbs

     

    [8:07] Tyler’s go-to snacks to boost recovery

     

    [10:20] Difference in athletic ability depending on his nutrition

     

    [12:21] Lightning round of questions

     

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    • 15 min
    Digital Health: Making Care Convenient

    Digital Health: Making Care Convenient

    On today’s episode, we hear from Nick Sarantis, the Director of Digital Health Services for Baptist Health, about the developments in digital health in the eighteen months since he last joined the show. We’ll also hear about what’s still to come as a new normal of hybrid and accessible healthcare options continues to develop!

    As the conversation gets underway, Nick shares an update on how the digital health space has changed in the last year and a half.  The focus of Baptist Health, he says, has been on enhancements and optimization; while some digital options existed pre-Covid-19, now all providers are able to offer digital care and access patient records, and options are available to patients 24/7.  These changes have represented a huge jump in accessibility, and combined with Baptist Health’s robust patient history questionnaire, have only increased in their ability to provide streamlined care. 

    To optimize this questionnaire, Baptist Health partnered with platform provider Bright.md.  Bright.md has also helped with the development of Care Finder, a new Baptist Health tool for getting patients the right kind of care and helping them to find available options at any given time.  Care Finder is part of a larger effort to strategize how to best integrate different points of care, from the emergency room to a digital visit.  Hybrid, Nick explains, is the ideal now, and it helps both maximize the resources of different points of care and best help patients with their unique needs.

    As the conversation moves toward a close, Nick answers Q&A questions, commenting on what different terms related to digital health mean, the technological requirements for video care, common conditions treated virtually, the process of receiving a diagnosis and prescription virtually, and the cost of virtual care.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:20] Introduction to the episode and today’s guest.

    [1:51] Nick offers an update on digital health.

    [11:28]  How did Baptist Health respond to the sudden need to move digital?

    [19:12] On how different points of care can work together. 

    [25:35] Nick shares about the new Care Finder tool.

    [37:25] Nick fields Q&A questions.

    • 44 min
    Robotic Spine Surgery with John Serak, MD

    Robotic Spine Surgery with John Serak, MD

    We are so excited to be back for the third season of the show. Today, we hear from an expert who studies and treats one of the most important structures in the human body: the spine. Neurosurgeon Dr. John Serak provides comprehensive care, diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the brain, spine and nerves. He treats all adult spinal disorders and brain pathology.

    To begin, Dr. Serak highlights common conditions he sees which classify as chronic back pain. Back pain can originate anywhere from the spine or by the muscles which surround it. When issues or degeneration of the spine are noticed, it becomes a more serious problem. Robotic spine surgery is relatively new and allows for a much more accurate and efficient surgery. Similarly, it makes very complex procedures less complex and gives the surgeon more confidence. Minimally invasive spine surgery seeks to minimize the amount of destruction to normal structures in the body. It preserves muscles and other normalities in the spine. This typically decreases a patient’s hospital visit compared to a more traditional procedure.

    Robotic surgery is not laparoscopic surgery, though it is a type of minimally invasive surgery. Laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Serak explains, utilizes cameras to look inside of the stomach to fix problems without opening it up completely. Minimally invasive spine surgery works though similar smaller incisions. At Baptist Health, Dr. Serak uses the state of the art Globus ExcelsiusGPS robot to conduct his robotic surgeries. Its neuronavigation system is used to place screws and rods and special minimally invasive retractors in the patient. He specifies who may benefit from this robotic spine surgery.

    Then, Dr. Serat explains failed back syndrome, an issue of degeneration of the spine after a span of at least several years. Robotic surgery is a good option for those dealing with this condition. It is Dr. Serak’s goal is to get his patients back to doing what they want to do after surgery as quickly as possible. He encourages listeners not to be discouraged if they have not yet found a treatment option which works for them.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:49] Introduction to today’s guest, Dr. John Serak.

     

    [1:10] - What elements make back pain chronic?

     

    [4:08] - Explaining robotic spine surgery.

     

    [10:37] - Laparoscopic vs. robotic surgeries.

     

    [13:11] - The tool Dr. Serak utilizes for his robotic surgery.

     

    [18:34] - Who would be a good candidate for robotic spine surgery?

     

    [21:44] - Failed back syndrome and its treatment options.

     

    [26:28] - How does life post-spine surgery look for most patients?

     

    [32:12] - Closing words.

     

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    • 33 min

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