33 episodes

Jessica Houston is an award winning, Johns Hopkins-trained nutritionist, creator of EatClean30 and founder of Vitamin & Me. She is deconstructing the health space and bringing you access and clear guidance straight from the world's leading experts on strategies to increase healthspan, mental and physical wellbeing through a deeper understanding of nutrition, fitness and wellness. On this podcast, we take you behind the scenes with top global health leaders so you can learn what proper nutrition actually means AND hear the stories behind their work. We dive into mental and physical wellbeing to give you a deeper understanding of YOUR own health journey.

Vitamin & Me Jessica Houston

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Jessica Houston is an award winning, Johns Hopkins-trained nutritionist, creator of EatClean30 and founder of Vitamin & Me. She is deconstructing the health space and bringing you access and clear guidance straight from the world's leading experts on strategies to increase healthspan, mental and physical wellbeing through a deeper understanding of nutrition, fitness and wellness. On this podcast, we take you behind the scenes with top global health leaders so you can learn what proper nutrition actually means AND hear the stories behind their work. We dive into mental and physical wellbeing to give you a deeper understanding of YOUR own health journey.

    Dr. John Kitchen | Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnancy and Across the Lifespan

    Dr. John Kitchen | Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnancy and Across the Lifespan

    Nearly everyone has been touched by diabetes – either directly or indirectly. More than 37 million people in the US have diabetes, with another 97 million in the prediabetes category. The global prevalence is more than 450 million. Over time, diabetes damages the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves and the eyes. Those with diabetes have a 2-3 fold increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Chronic damage to the blood vessels in the eye result in diabetic retinopathy complications.
    Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form of diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults. It’s caused when high blood sugar damages blood vessels in the retina. Nearly 7.7 million Americans have diabetic retinopathy and that number is projected to increase to nearly 14.6 million by 2030. That’s only 8 years from now. The good news is type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and, with appropriate lifestyle changes, can be reversed in many.
    Dr. John Kitchens is an award-winning, internationally-recognized vitreoretinal surgeon, host of the New Retina Radio podcast and featured on the Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis. And he’s joining us today to chat about the prevention and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
     
    Dr. Kitchen’s socials:
    Dr. John Kitchens
    New Retina Radio
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
     
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    Vitamin & Me
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston

    • 33 min
    Brittyn King | Maternal Fitness Expert on Postpartum Anxiety

    Brittyn King | Maternal Fitness Expert on Postpartum Anxiety

    Chances are you’ve heard of the baby blues or postpartum depression. But postpartum anxiety (PPA) is an invisible epidemic among American mothers. Nearly 10% of new mothers in the US struggle with PPA. And that number is likely much higher, as many women do not seek help because they do not recognize the need for treatment and care providers often misdiagnose as depression. Unfortunately, there are few resources on maternal mental wellness, but education for mothers and their support network is critical. The good news is PPA is treatable when recognized. Today we're joined by a fitness expert with firsthand knowledge of PPA, and she's advocating for mothers everywhere.
    Brittyn King is a marketing professional, certified fitness instructor and rising leader in the maternal fitness community. She’s on a mission to help women feel capable and confident in living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. She’s championing women – mothers – across the globe to live their strongest lives before, during and after pregnancy. Brittyn joins us to chat with YOU about her pregnancy journey – from her pregnancy surprise to her postpartum experience with anxiety and all the things in between – including her diagnosis with PCOS.
    Brittyn’s socials:
    BFitness
    @b.fitness_king
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    Vitamin & Me
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Dr. Jed Fahey and Sharon Cryan | Ultra-processed Foods and Living Your Youngest You

    Dr. Jed Fahey and Sharon Cryan | Ultra-processed Foods and Living Your Youngest You

    Processed food intake has been on the rise since the industrial revolution. Today, more than 70% of available food in the US is processed. Even with the best of intentions – world hunger, stunting, blindness – food manufacturers got one major thing wrong. Most ultra-processed food is devoid of essential nutrients – vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients – necessary for a healthy life. More than 90% of the American population is deficient in at least one essential nutrient. Malnutrition in a developing nation may lead to stunting or death because of a lack of food access and acute healthcare. But in the United States, in most cases, we have access to food and acute care facilities. Instead, we see malnutrition play out as chronic diseases. This touches every phase of the lifespan – including pregnancy – and leads to decades of reduced quality of life and increased financial burden that affects generations. It comes as no surprise that chronic diseases continue to rise. And this generation is now facing them much earlier in life, even at the peak of child-bearing years. This is why the concept of the first 1000 days – from conception to 2 years of life – is so important. We have to get it right.
    Even though I approach this work as a nutritional scientist, I’m also a mother. I know that sometimes it’s hard to meet the demands of life and feed my family fresh food every day. I’m forced to make a choice from what is available – I’m sure you can relate. But parents, like you and me, are demanding better. Consumers know there is a better option. And now industry is starting to listen.
    Sharon Cryan, an attorney turned founder, cares deeply about the effect of highly processed foods and their link to chronic disease. She is passionate about addressing the major flaws within the food industry and set out to make a change through innovation and transparency. Her company, Foodnerd, develops products that are formulated and produced with novel processing techniques that maintain the nutrients found in whole foods and supports gut health. Sharon is joining us today to chat about the future of convenient and healthy eating, alongside one our favorites, Dr. Jed Fahey. If you listen to our show, you’ll know that Jed was here last year chatting about his work on sulforaphane and plant-based nutrition. And he’s here again to chat with YOU about science & ultraprocessed foods.
    Jed’s socials:
    @jedosan
    Jed Fahey
    Sharon’s socials:
    @foodnerdinc
    FoodNerdInc
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston
    Vitamin & Me
    EatClean30: And Evidenced-based Guide to Eating Well

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Doug Evans | Optimizing Nutrition with Plant-based Sprouting

    Doug Evans | Optimizing Nutrition with Plant-based Sprouting

    Since the industrial revolution, western diets have catalyzed a new kind of malnutrition; one that is calorie dense, but devoid of essential nutrients. And with that, we’ve seen a rise in chronic disease across nations. Research has demonstrated that populations who consume a diverse, plant-based diet (not necessarily vegan or vegetarian) are among those that live the longest, healthiest lives. A thriving microbiome plays a critical role in health outcomes and is supported by a robust nutrient profile, which includes vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients only found in unprocessed or thoughtfully processed plants. Scientists have discovered that sprouts are one of the most nutrient dense plants on the planet. This nutritional powerhouse offers substantial support to the microbiome and nearly every system in the body. And harvesting sprouts is a low cost, quick return approach to consuming a diverse plant-based diet – a diet, we now know, is central to longevity outcomes.
    Doug Evans, a California-based sprouting expert, is an early pioneer in the food industry. He co-founded Organic Avenue, one of the first exclusively raw, organic and plant-based retail chains in the country. He later founded Juicero, the first fresh, farm to glass automatic cold-press juicer, with the mission of bringing more fresh produce to the home. Doug is changing how we think about nutritious foods and is dedicated to helping others learn how to eat well. His passion for plant-based foods has given rise to a gardening revolution and a new endeavor to help others grow their own food right in the kitchen in an affordable and accessible way. 
    Doug is on a mission to help you learn how to grow and eat the most nutritious food on the planet, sprouts. And he’s here today to chat with YOU about his new book, The Sprout Book, and the power of sprouts. Listen as Doug teaches you about the benefits of sprouting at home. His book includes a transformative plan for sprouting, so he can come alongside you in your journey to clean, affordable nutrition.
     
    Doug’s book & socials:
    @dougevans
    The Sprout Guide, Tap into the Power of the Planets Most Nutritious Food
     
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    Vitamin & Me
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston
    EatClean30: And Evidenced-based Guide to Eating Well

    • 55 min
    Carson Meyer | Pregnancy Doula - The Business of Birthing and Growing Together

    Carson Meyer | Pregnancy Doula - The Business of Birthing and Growing Together

    Carson Meyer is a DONA certified birth doula and birth photographer from Malibu, California. She attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she pursued studies in child development, art therapy, and complementary medicine.
    In 2016 Carson returned to Los Angeles and began her journey as a doula with training from Bini Birth founder and DONA President, Ana Paula Markel. She works closely with mentor Lori Bregman and is a member of the Loom community. Carson is dedicated to supporting parents through a healthy and peaceful pregnancy, birth and postpartum period, in the environment that best suits their needs.
    Beyond being a doula, Meyer is also the founder of C & The Moon, a clean skincare brand whose Malibu-made brown sugar body scrub is a favorite of Kim Kardashian. While the company was launched in 2018, its hero product dates back much further. Growing up, Meyer had sensitive skin and would steer clear of harmful chemicals and toxins. She used to mix organic ingredients in her kitchen, which led to C & The Moon’s signature brown sugar body scrub. She is proud to serve as a co-chair on the NRDC LA Leadership Council.
    Follow Carson Meyers work:
    https://www.carson-meyer.com/ https://www.instagram.com/ccmeyer/
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston 

    • 43 min
    Michelle Reeves | Financial Wellness and NFTs with Mavion World

    Michelle Reeves | Financial Wellness and NFTs with Mavion World

    The world of NFTs is exploding right now. And we wanted to bring in an expert to help you understand the space. Michelle Reeves is an entrepreneur on a mission to change the way we discuss and engage in our own financial wellness.  Michelle is here today to encourage YOU to join the conversation around Web 3.0 and NFTs. She launched Mavion World with just that in mind – to give women around the world an opportunity to take their most exciting trip yet – into the metaverse. And you’re all invited!
    *Mavion World was named by Hello Sunshine as one the top NFT projects to watch*
     
    Follow Michelle’s work:
    Mavion World
    Michelle’s Socials:
    @michellejreeves
    @mavionworld
    Vitamin & Me Socials:
    Vitamin & Me
    @vitaminandme
    @jessicakhouston

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

kathrynherd ,

Top quality, real and refreshing!

Not only does Jessica keep us engaged, but her dedication to bringing in leading experts in the health field equips listeners to make informed decisions on their health journey.

I cannot wait for the rest of this season!

DBN64 ,

Excellent

This episode was a great lesson on vitamin A from a top expert in the field, and a very learned host, Jessica Houston. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for the next episode.

Tracy T2 ,

Informative & excellent new Podcast

Excited for the new podcast “Vitamin & Me”! The first episode was interesting, informative and well done! Looking forward to future episodes soon! Jessica Houston speaks so well and is an inspiration!

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