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JJ Virgin

JJ Virgin is a celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert. She is author of The Virgin Diet & Sugar Impact Diet, and Miracle Mindset available now!.


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The Truth About Heartburn & How to Get Relief Without Antacids with JJ Virgin
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Say goodbye to heartburn and acid reflux! In today’s podcast episode, JJ reveals the true cause of heartburn, as well as her top tips on how to relieve heartburn symptoms without resorting to antacids. Listen to find out about the dangerous long-term consequences of acid-reducing medications, as well as the diet and lifestyle strategies that can help you address heartburn symptoms safely and naturally. You don’t have to suffer from heartburn any longer!   Freebies From Today’s Episode Get JJ’s free Gut Health Guide by going to jjvirgin.com/nomoreheartburn.   Main Points From Today’s Episode Conventional wisdom says that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly called heartburn, occurs when too much stomach acid splashes upwards toward your esophagus, creating burning and discomfort. However, research shows that too little – not too much – stomach acid often creates GERD. Over-the-counter antacids and prescription acid-reducing medications often mask underlying problems and can make things worse in the long run. That “little purple pill” has now been proven to cause dangerous vitamin deficiencies and increased risk of osteoporosis, immune problems, and premature death! Losing weight and minimizing problem foods are two strategies that can help relieve heartburn symptoms. Some trigger foods include coffee, tea, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, and gluten-containing foods.   Episode Play-By-Play [0:35] Introduction to today’s episode [1:03] Common symptoms of heartburn [2:24] Listener shout-out [3:04] Busting the myth that too much stomach acid is the cause of GERD [3:48] How stress and aging can contribute to GERD [4:48] Antacids don’t fix the underlying problem, and can actually make things worse in the long run. [5:02] Too little stomach acid as the culprit behind GERD [5:43] The consequences of too little stomach acid [6:22] JJ’s story about a man who had been on acid-reducing medication for years and discovered that he had osteoporosis [6:45] The adverse effects of acid-reducing medications [7:25] Strategies to relieve heartburn naturally [7:48] How weight loss can help with GERD [8:33] Strategies to help balance blood sugar levels and boost weight loss [9:26] Common foods that can trigger heartburn symptoms [10:06] Drink up (but at the right time). [10:50] Studies show that reducing or eliminating high-sugar impact foods can help relieve GERD. [11:41] Why you should drop gluten [12:38] Slow down - research shows that people who are plowing through their meals suffer more GERD. [14:00] How digestive enzymes with betaine HCl can help [14:57] It’s important to get great sleep. [15:22] Why you need to stop eating at least 3 hours before bed [16:08] Create a power-down hour! [16:53] JJ takes Sleep Candy every night. [17:24] It’s crucial to manage your stress levels. [18:50] Start by picking one thing, and then tracking your symptoms in a journal. [19:33] JJ’s top takeaways from today’s episode   Mentioned in this episode: 9 Steps to Reduce Acid Reflux Without Antacids JJ Virgin 7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge How to Build a Balanced Meal: The Sugar Impact Plate Reignite Wellness Safety Net Plus JJ Virgin Sleep Candy 7 Ways to Fall & Stay Asleep Free e-book on tapping Ziva Meditation Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin Become part of JJ’s community JJ Virgin Official Facebook page JJ Virgin on Instagram JJ Virgin on YouTube
Friday Q&A: How to Beat Daytime Fatigue & Sleep Better at Night
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If you’re tired during the day, yet struggle to fall asleep at night, you need to listen to this podcast episode! Listen as JJ shares her top tips for getting the quality sleep you need, including her favorite ways to wind down in the evening and how to create a calming bedtime routine. JJ also reveals the things that can interfere with your sleep and how to avoid them so you can get your z’s at night and stay energized all day long!   Episode Play-By-Play [0:30] Introduction to today’s episode [0:57] Community question: Do you have quick tips for sleep? I’m super tired during the day and I have insomnia at night. [1:13] Establish a routine at night. [1:37] What defines a good night’s sleep? [1:55] The first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning [2:43] Why you should figure out if you’re a slow or fast caffeine metabolizer [3:20] Other strategies to wind down at night [3:42] It’s important to shut down all electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime. [4:08] What you eat at dinner can affect your blood sugar levels during the night. That’s why it’s key to eat a balanced meal with clean, lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fiber. [4:22] How alcohol can interfere with your sleep [4:30] JJ takes her Sleep Candy every night! [5:02] The quality of your sleep matters! [5:15] How to submit a question for JJ   Mentioned in this episode: Sleep Candy Oura Ring Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin Become part of JJ’s community JJ Virgin Official Facebook page JJ Virgin on Instagram JJ Virgin on YouTube
The Amazing Benefits of Collagen & How Much You Need with JJ Virgin
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Time to get the scoop on collagen! In today’s podcast episode, JJ explains what exactly collagen is and how supplementing with collagen can help with everything from fighting signs of aging like wrinkles, joint pain, and bone loss to supporting your heart and gut health. JJ also shares how much collagen you need to look and feel your best, as well as when extra collagen can help. Plus, find out easy, yummy ways to add collagen to your routine!   Freebies From Today’s Episode Get JJ’s free Gluten-Free Collagen Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe by going to jjvirgin.com/collagen.   Main Points From Today’s Episode Collagen is the most common form of protein in your body. It’s in your skin, hair, nails, bones, ligaments, tendons, muscle tissue – even in your arteries! As soon as we reach age 20, our collagen production begins to decrease by about 1% each year. Supplementing with collagen can help fight signs of aging like wrinkles and joint pain, plus it has been shown to help prevent bone loss. JJ shares easy ways to add collagen to your diet. She loves making yummy, collagen-rich smoothies using her Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Shakes and Complete Beauty Collagen Powder.   Episode Play-By-Play [0:35] Introduction to today’s episode [1:17] Listener shout-out [3:03] JJ wrote The Virgin Diet to help you become your own personal health detective. [4:04] JJ’s thoughts on fasting, including how to prepare your body for success and how to tell if fasting is right for you [5:23] Time-restricted feeding triggers a cellular detoxification process called autophagy. [6:05] What exactly is collagen and where is it found? [6:40] The consequences of lower levels of collagen due to aging [6:55] How much collagen you need and reasons you may need more collagen [7:17] How collagen can help with signs of aging [8:11] Supplementing with collagen can help with joint stiffness and loss of mobility. [8:47] JJ’s experience with an injury [9:59] Collagen triggers your body to repair the structure of your joints. [10:23] The benefits of collagen in supporting bone health [11:23] Other nutrients and lifestyle strategies that can help you maintain strong bones [12:20] You may be surprised to find out that collagen can help with heart health! [13:00] The effects of lean muscle mass on your metabolism [14:00] How collagen can help with muscle growth and recovery [14:45] When you’re healing from an injury or surgery, you’ll want to increase your collagen intake. [15:50] Collagen contains amino acids that heal and soothe the lining of your gut. [16:00] What is leaky gut and how can it harm your health? [17:20] How to include more collagen in your diet [18:11] You can add high-quality collagen powder to just about anything! [18:30] Spirulina contains glycine and proline, which are the main amino acids that make up collagen. [19:11] JJ’s top takeaways from today’s episode [20:22] Easy ways to use collagen before a workout [20:52] JJ’s challenge for you [21:18] Check in with your symptoms on a regular basis.     Mentioned in this episode: How Much Collagen Do You Need? 7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Protein Shake Complete Beauty Collagen Powder The Flavor Chef Bone Broth Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin Become part of JJ’s community JJ Virgin Official Facebook page JJ Virgin on Instagram JJ Virgin on YouTube
Friday Q&A: Planning Healthy Meals and How to Stay on Track Even If Your Family Isn’t
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It’s time for another Q&A! Today, JJ is answering 3 top questions from the community. Listen to find out how to stay on track with your healthy eating plan even if your family isn’t board, as well as where to find support and encouragement to help you reach your weight loss goals. Plus, JJ shares her top tips on packing healthy lunches so you can fuel your body with nourishing food while at work or on the go!   Episode Play-By-Play [0:30] Question #1: How do you commit and stay on track when your family isn’t following the same plan? [1:03] Start by letting them know what you’re going to do and asking them if they want to be involved.  [1:25] Grab our yummy recipes and start making them! [1:35] How to handle requests from family members for foods that aren’t good for them [2:20] When others aren’t forced to follow a healthy eating plan, JJ has noticed that many times, they come around. [2:48] JJ’s story about a family of 4 who collectively lost hundreds of pounds [3:43] Question #2: I’ve lost 40 pounds, but really need help and encouragement. [4:00] When you purchase one of our online programs or join the Reignite Wellness membership site, you get access to our community forum for support and encouragement. [4:25] Question #3: I’m starting to take lunches to work and need lots of ideas. [5:15] The easiest way to pack healthy lunches is to make extra servings of dinner the night before. [5:30] JJ is a fan of using protein from dinner the night before and making a salad the next day. [6:08] How to make an ideal salad [6:30] How you can use Siete gluten-free tortillas in your lunchbox [7:28] Tips for setting your pantry up for success   Mentioned in this episode: Recipes at jjvirgin.com Reignite Wellness 365 membership Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin Become part of JJ’s community JJ Virgin Official Facebook page JJ Virgin on Instagram JJ Virgin on YouTube
8 Daily Rituals to Help You Reclaim Your Thyroid Health with Danna Bowman & Ginny Mahar
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Danna Bowman and Ginny Mahar, two thyroid patient advocates, came up with an idea for using technology to make the journey easier for other thyroid patients than it had been for them. This revolutionary wellness game, THYROID30, helps you hit the refresh button on your diet and lifestyle choices so you can feel better again. Listen as Danna and Ginny explain how their innovative wellness adventure can help you achieve your health goals by collecting all different avenues of help into one location and creating a supportive community for those with thyroid issues. They’ll also talk with JJ about the 8 daily rituals of a thyroid-healthy lifestyle that can help you optimize your thyroid function and improve your quality of life.   Freebies From Today’s Episode Get Danna and Ginny’s free quiz by going to jjvirgin.com/8rituals.   Main Points From Today’s Episode Thyroid disease is difficult to diagnose. Even after a diagnosis and medication, it’s a challenge to find help with diet, exercise and mindset from the medical field. Finding support for symptoms may be a challenge. This ‘invisible’ disease is hard for others to see physical evidence; THYROID30 offers a community of others who share the struggle. Incorporating the 8 rituals into a daily routine will help. These 8 R’s offer a reminder of simple adjustments to make living with a thyroid condition easier.   Episode Play-By-Play [1:45] Incorporating 8 rituals a day that will help you get better results for thyroid issues [2:15] Community is really important in this ‘invisible’ disease. [3:45] What inspired Danna and Ginny to develop this program [5:19] After getting a diagnosis and medication, incorporating diet, lifestyle and mindset changes makes a huge difference. [8:55] Some things to look for if you think you might have a thyroid issue [10:18] Once diagnosed, what are some things you should do? [11:40] Start with the 8 Daily Rituals. Number one is Remember. Did you remember to take your medication and supplements? [11:58] Number two is Refuel, which is everything you consume (food or drink). [12:25] Number three is Reactivate. This one is about movement, staying active and listening to your body. [13:27] Number four is Repair - healing the gut [13:44] Five is Rejuvenate, or daily self-care of some kind. Coping with, and managing stress is a powerful aspect of healing. [15:33] Number six is Reducing heavy metals and environmental toxins in our homes and bodies. [16:00] Seven is Relishing small victories, finding support and allowing yourself to be supported. Connecting and celebrating our victories along the way, no matter how small. [16:22] Eight is Recharge, which is sleep. A good night’s rest is foundational. [16:58] JJ talks about how big a role sleep plays in your health, tone of your skin, losing weight, energy, focus, and more. [17:42] One of the things JJ values most and has in common with Danna and Ginny is the importance of community. [20:58] Thyroid30 is a 30-day wellness app that uses gamification technology. They made it fun for thyroid sufferers to pursue a healthier lifestyle. [23:17] Another thing Thyroid30 does is bring together all the different elements of everything you should be doing and puts them all in one place. [Action Step] Download the quiz and the 8 rituals. [Action Step] Don’t skip the ritual of rejuvenate! What is your self-care routine and what can you do to take that up a notch?   Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin Become part of JJ’s community JJ Virgin Official Facebook page JJ Virgin on Instagram JJ Virgin on YouTube Thyroid Strong by Dr. Emily Kiberd Direct-to-Consumer Lab Testing Telemedicine through Dr. Alan Christianson
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