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From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

On Health Aviva Romm MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 1.2K Ratings

From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

    Healing Our Food Relationship with Mindfulness

    Healing Our Food Relationship with Mindfulness

    How many times have you sat down to a meal already worried about the calories in the food you’re eating? Or plagued by feelings of guilt and feelings of loss of control instead of the pleasure and nourishment of eating? 
     
    If you often have an inner food battle, as do so many of us, and if you want to pass a healthy food relationship onto your now or future daughters, today’s episode is for you. Around the holidays specifically, it can be hard to relax and enjoy ourselves when the society we live in is filled with images and ideals of unrealistic body standards. 
     
    So join me for a very special episode this week to learn about 
     

    The relationship between cortisol and stress eating, and why willpower isn't just about 'you'. 

    The powerful influence of family history culture and society on body image and how this translates into our relationship with food, and what food 'introjects' are 

    The benefits of mindful eating and how this can transform not only your relationship with food, but digestion and metabolism as well 

    Where digestion actually begins, and why this is so important for carbohydrate digestion 

    How to eat to satiety rather than overfullness and ways to let go of the food battle in your mind 

     
     
    I'll also be leading you through a special visualization on mindful eating and providing you with tools to help you navigate food healthfully through this holiday season and beyond. I wish you a whole new and loving relationship with food and your body, with no resolutions, no battles, and no struggles needed, starting right now. 
     
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 50 min
    How to Boost Your Immunity for Cold and Flu Season

    How to Boost Your Immunity for Cold and Flu Season

    This year, staying well and preventing colds and flu is more important than ever. Not only is it expected to be a worse-than-average flu season, but we’re also entering another COVID winter. But what is it that you can do that really works to boost your immunity? Can you actually rely on herbs and supplements? What else can you do?  
     
    In this episode, I answer these questions and more. I share the top tips that really work to prevent colds and flu in adults and kids—from the practical to the pharmaceutical to the nutritional and herbal.  
     
    Have a listen to learn: 

    The difference between colds and flu, and what all the fuss about flu is about 

    The role of flu vaccines and Tamiflu in flu prevention 

    Who might be at higher risk with the flu 

    The roles of exercise, diet, and sleep in boosting immunity - and the surprising importance of not over-exercising 

    The best supplements and herbs to boost immunity, including doses, and what you can safely try if you're pregnant or nursing.  

     
    I hope this episode brings you food for thought and support for a healthy autumn and winter! 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 
     

    • 54 min
    Blood Sugar Balance with the Glucose Goddess

    Blood Sugar Balance with the Glucose Goddess

    Blood sugar balance. It's the starting place in my patient care, and it's the one core thread, other than eating 'whole foods,' that runs through how I personally think about what I eat. 
      
    Why? As your body’s preferred energy source, glucose is a substantial and essential piece of our biological puzzle. From your hormones, mood, energy, cravings, and overall health, your blood sugar levels can influence so much more than we might even be aware of. And when blood sugar spikes and crashes this rollercoaster creates some of the symptoms we experience daily like cravings, headaches, anxiety, and more. 
      
    Enter the Glucose Goddess, biochemist Jessie Inchauspé, and my guest on today's episode, where we dive into blood sugar balance, from what it is, why it's important, and how to get it. Join us for a conversation that is pivotal to women’s health and packed full of information to dramatically improve your overall health and wellbeing - and remarkably quickly and easily. 
     
     
    Jessie and I discuss:   
      

    The tragic accident that influenced Jessie’s interest in studying glucose  

    What exactly is glucose, and what does it mean to have a glucose spike  

    The reality of using CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors)  

    Three main symptoms of a ""glucose rollercoaster"" 

    Concerns surrounding glucose spikes and inflammation  

    Finding the balance between healthy eating, non-restriction, and pleasure  

    Jessie’s 9 core principles for achieving glucose balance 

      

    Jessie Inchauspé is the founder of the Glucose Goddess movement with a community of over 1.2 million followers, and author of Glucose Revolution: The Life Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar. She is on a mission to help people understand their bodies and blood sugar in an accessible, actionable way! 
     
      
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. Follow Jessie glucosegoddess and find her new book Glucose Revolution: The Life Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar at www.glucosegoddess.com  

    • 1 hr
    Women's Top Thyroid Questions, Answered (Part 1)

    Women's Top Thyroid Questions, Answered (Part 1)

    The thyroid is one of the most important and complex glands in our body. And as women, we need to know a thing or two about it because, statistically, 1 in 8 of us will suffer from thyroid issues during our lifetime, with significant impacts on our overall health and well-being. Naturally, we all have questions surrounding this precious anatomy, but the answers don’t always come as easily, leaving many in the dark with no clear direction.  
      
    In Part 1 of this episode, I'm going to be answering the real-life questions sent to me by women just like you, diving deep into thyroid health, dispelling some myths while providing guidance and a dose of empowerment that—you’ve got this—should you need it now or later down the road.  
      
    In this episode I discuss:  
      

    How the thyroid functions and what role the thyroid plays in women's health  

    The differences between and the common symptoms of various forms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism  

    Best practices for lab testing, the types of tests available, and how to understand your results  

    The various factors that can lead to thyroid problems and affect thyroid health overall  

    Tips for approaching your doctor to get the answers and tests you need  

     

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 59 min
    Who’s Afraid of Fever?

    Who’s Afraid of Fever?

    Every year, over 5 million parents visit the ER because their child has a fever and they're worried.. Sometimes those visits are necessary. But more often than not, we assume that we unnecessarily fear fever, and assume we have to treat it. As a seasoned physician and mama, my goal is to empower parents to trust their instincts while providing the necessary tools to help you feel more at ease when your child does has a fever - which will happen in most kids at some time or another. And with cold and flu season officially upon us, what better time to tackle this topic and break down some of the fever misconceptions out there. 

    So sit back, relax and trust your own beautiful, mama wisdom as I talk about:  
     

    What a fever is, and the science behind why we get them  

    Misconceptions about fever and whether or not it is something to fear  

    The risks and benefits of over-the-counter medications and when they are appropriate for use  

    Best practices when taking a child’s temperature  

    Physical warning signs and how to assess whether a visit to a doctor or hospital is truly needed  

    The importance of trusting your maternal instincts and advocating for your child at the doctor’s office  

    Natural and herbal remedies to help minimize discomfort 

     
    For the accompanying article, https://avivaromm.com/natural-fever-treatments/. 

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation.  

    • 1 hr
    Optimizing Immunity Through the Gut-Immune Axis With Robynne Chutkan MD

    Optimizing Immunity Through the Gut-Immune Axis With Robynne Chutkan MD

    What do sleep, mucus, and, plant diversity have in common? They're all important aspects of a healthy gut and immune system, which is what I connect the dots on today with my guest-friend and sister MD, Dr. Robynne Chutkan. In this episode, Robynne and I dive deep into gut health with some very important and actionable takeaways. Right in time for cold and flu season, and all year round. You'll walk away from this episode with so much knowledge and insight into keeping you and your family's microbiome and immune system healthy!   

    Robynne and I discuss:  

    Dr. Chutkan's experience in medical school and how she became excited to enter the field of gastroenterology  

    Dr. Chutkan's experience having a sick baby and finding the root cause of her ailments by digging into her medical history  

    Advice for mothers wanting to support their children's microbiome  

    Why sleep is SO important for gut health and immunity  

    How the gastrointestinal system works and why it is truly the centre of your immune system  

    Why diet diversity may be one of the most important contributing factors to gut health  

    6 tips to truly optimize your gut starting today!  

       
    Dr. Chutkan is an integrative gastroenterologist and the author of Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, The Bloat Cure, and The Anti-Viral Gut. A former chair of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), she’s authored dozens of scientific articles and lectured globally on the role of the microbiome in health and disease. She's appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and other media outlets and is passionate about introducing more dirt, sweat, and vegetables into her patients’ lives! 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. Follow Robynne @gutbliss and find her new book The Antiviral Gut at robynnechutkan.com  

    • 1 hr 16 min

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