The Well Women Healthy Lifestyle Podcast is a weekly show produced by Well Women Network and hosted by a Certified Nurse Practitioner , Michele Broad.
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The Well Women Network podcast is dedicated to bring a candid and fresh perspective towards women’s health. This is your safe space, no holds barred. We discuss what you need and what to know.
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Michele Broad, a certified nurse practitioner and the owner of the Well Women Network, is the hosts of the podcasts. We invite women’s health experts for engaging interviews that answer your burning questions and give you accurate perspectives on your health and lifestyle choices.
Episode 141: Blank Pages to Big Life Changes: Everything You Need to Know to Get You Started Journaling
Date: September 16, 2021
Your first introduction to journaling may have been the countless hours you spent pining away in your diary during those awkward middle school days.
Episode 140: 10 Sneaky Ways to Get More Fruits and Veggies into Your Day
Date: September 9, 2021
When it comes to eating healthy, it can be a challenge to make sure you get the recommended servings of fruits and veggies each day. With all the fast-food options, tempting ads and grocery store aisles calling your name, it’s much easier to snack out on a drive thru order of fries, a bag of chips or a sugary, caffeinated drink.
Episode 139: 4 Top Benefits Of Mini Habits
Date: September 2, 2021
One of the areas that most busy women struggle with in developing their self-discipline muscle, is trying to make too many changes at once. Not just by doing more than one goal at a time, but by making those goals way too large and complex. Either of these approaches tend to lead to failure.
Episode 138: Essential Oils 101: The Basics
Date: August 26, 2021
You may have heard about essential oils, especially if you look up natural remedies for physical and mental ailments, but you may or may not be exactly sure what they are or how many different ways you can use them.
Episode 137: Understanding HPV (The Human Papillomavirus)
Date: August 19, 2021
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a type of sexually transmitted infection. It is the most common STI you can get, with about 79 million Americans who have the infection and at the same time it is very misunderstood by most people.
Episode 136: Are Your Hormones Affecting Your Weight Loss Or Fitness Goals?
Date: August 12, 2021
You may be doing everything right in order to lose weight. You’re following all the rules hoping that in due time you will achieve your desired weight loss goal. However, no matter what you do, the stubborn fat just won’t leave your body. Despite all your efforts, you try to remain positive and continue to fight what appears to be a losing battle.
Episode 135: Community Q & A: Eye Health, Brain Health, Digestive Health, and Finding Your Sweet Spot With Your Health
Date: August 05, 2021
Today we opened back up the question vault and pulled out several great community questions and are answering them for you.
Episode 134: How To Get Back On Track When You Have Fallen Off
Date: July 29, 2021
Falling off track, whether with your health and fitness, personal or business goals, or your creative endeavors, is completely normal and common. The problem ladies is that it can be hard to get back up and on track again. Today I am exploring some tips for you to try in order for you to get back on track, no matter what you have fallen behind on with regard to your health, your habits, and or your creative endeavors.
Episode 133: 4 Simple Ways To Maintain Your Energy: Community Q & A
Date: July 22, 2021
Chloe wrote in asking how she can have more energy throughout her day, especially because she starts her day out feeling positive and full of energy and by the end of the day she feels drained and tired.
Maybe this is you too?
Episode 132: 10 Simple Ways To Make Your Lifestyle More Active
Date: July 15, 2021
“How do you make lasting change? One step at a time.” Or in today’s case one simple habit at a time.
And that is the same approach that I want you to take to becoming more active and healthier. You don’t begin exercising by running a marathon. You make small steps that begin to accumulate into a larger fitness practice. So today I’m bringing you 10 tips that are simple, actionable ways to impact your health and fitness in a positive manner, and most of them apply to just about anyone.
Episode 131: Simple Lifestyle Tweaks To Improve Your Health & Fitness: Community Q & A
Date: July 08, 2021
Today I get to sit behind the mic with my cup of coffee and do something that I absolutely love to do and that is answer your questions.
My team and I went to our question vault- ok it’s not really a vault per say but more like a google doc, where we put questions that our audience is asking; and grabbed a few that we felt a lot of you may also be wondering about.
Episode 130: Intermittent Fasting And Autophagia: Rejuvenate Your Body And Maximize your Health
Date: July 01, 2021
While intermittent fasting is not new, its recent high-profile exposure and success stories can make it appear trendy and even faddish.
Simply, it is yet another healthy lifestyle approach that fell from favor under the pressure of modern living, with all its temptations and pressures.
Episode 129: The Importance Of Sun Protection
Date: June 24, 2021
It’s summertime and with the world opening back up that means more barbecues, swim parties, outings to the beach, pool time and just fun in the sun.
Most of us love to go out and have fun in the sun, but before we can do that there are some safety issues that need to be considered and we are dropping all things sun safety in today’s episode.
Episode 128: Are You Experiencing Unexplained Tiredness?
Date: June 17, 2021
Many working women suffer from a feeling of constant tiredness and they’re not even sure why. A physically demanding job or recreational activity, or lack of quality sleep will provide its own evidence, however often tiredness is caused by several intermingled lifestyle aspects rather than one glaringly obvious cause.
Episode 127: Decision/Mental Fatigue: What Is It and What Can I Do About It
Date: June 3, 2021
Have you experienced making a decision only to find yourself regretting it the very next day? Sure, if circumstances changed or new information means that you would have made a different decision had you known, this would be perfectly understandable. However, if you answered yes and wondered why you made that decision in the first place, then it could be that you were experiencing ‘decision/mental fatigue’.
Episode 126: How To Keep Your Kidney & Bladder Healthy
Date: May 27, 2021
The kidneys and the bladder are responsible for removing waste products and toxins, and excess fluids from the body. The kidneys also produce hormones that regulate blood pressure levels, while the bladder is a temporary storage receptacle for urine.
Episode 125: Protecting Your Emotional Health As A Woman
Date: May 20, 2021
We can all agree, I hope, that we are currently in an age where it is more recognized how much our emotional health affects our overall well being. That is not to say that either understanding or acceptance is complete.
Episode 124: Understanding Fatty Liver Disease
Date: May 11, 2021
What the heck is fatty liver disease? I get that question all the time from my patients. The disease is gaining in popularity and is on the rise especially in younger women. People get confused by the term fatty liver and they think it means that they are fat-No it means that your liver has an overabundance of fat in it, causing it to not perform as well as it should be. While it is common for women who are overweight and have it, it can come from other things such as genetics, having diabetes, or high triglycerides.
Episode 123: 5 Questions To Determine If A Change Is A Good Idea
Date: May 5, 2021
Change is synonymous with living. It may come into our lives out of the blue and take us by surprise. Other times you know it’s coming and you have time to prepare.
Yet even though change may be our choice, it still may feel scary and overwhelming. You may find yourself wondering: should I make the change or not?
Episode 122: Self Advocacy Is Your Health Right
Date: April 28, 2021
This episode is unscripted and comes from my heart. It’s about an issue that I am so passionate about and that is at the core of my mission and who I am as a women’s healthcare provider.
There are so many things out in the world today that divide us, not always by our own accord but ones that are driven at a much higher level.
Throughout world history disparity among people is what has caused Nations to fall.
Episode 121: Pandemic Weight Gain: How To Lose It
Date: April 21, 2021
According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61% of U.S. adults reported undesired weight change since the pandemic began.
The results, released in March 2021, showed that during the pandemic, 42% of respondents gained unwanted weight – 29 pounds on average – and nearly 10% of those people gained more than 50 pounds. On the flip side, nearly 18% of Americans said they experienced unwanted weight loss – on average, a loss of 26 pounds.
Another study, published on March 22, 2021, assessed weight change in 269 people from February to June 2020. The researchers found, on average, that people gained a steady 1.5 pounds per month.
Episode 120: 5 Key Reasons To Eat A Whole Food Diet
Date: April 14, 2021
The term “whole foods” is thrown around a lot these days. While most of us are aware that whole foods are the way to go as it pertains to health and wellness, the exact definition is somewhat obscured. A whole food is any food product that remains in its natural form, free of any artificial additives, preservatives, or other man made ingredients. Examples include organic fruits and vegetables.
Episode 119: Tips To Refresh Your Spring Self-Care
Date: April 7, 2021
Spring is upon us and it is time to put away those winter blues and open the blinds to warm weather and longer relaxing days.
It’s easy to get stuck in a life, workout, or even a business rut that’s why as we move from one season to the next it is a great time to change up our routines. Dust them off and spruce them up with new things- new workouts, new meal plans, new business ideas and the list goes on.
Episode 118: How to Find Your Motivational Stride To get Things Done
Date: March 31, 2021
Ladies, do you struggle to keep yourself motivated? If so, you’re definitely not alone!
It’s easy to find initial motivation to change something because when you first set out a goal, you’ll find you’re excited and highly motivated to achieve it. However, fast forward a week or two and that motivation slowly starts to dwindle away.
Getting motivated is easy, but the research says maintaining it is not. The good news is, there are ways you can boost your motivation when you feel it starting to dissipate.
Episode 117: 11 Top Supplements For Women
Date: March 24, 2021
Funny thing happened this week. Not only did a lot of my in office patients ask me about what supplements they should be taking but so did a few of our online community members, so I thought I would turn on the mic and rattle off my top 11.
I also get asked a lot where should I buy my supplements from and what brand of supplements should I buy, so I addressed these as well.
Episode 116: Natural Solutions For Better Sleep
Date: March 17, 2021
An awakening has happened, no pun intended, regarding the importance of sleep. Sometimes referred to as the “sleep revolution,” people are realizing the necessity of a good night’s sleep.
Episode 115: Having A Sleep Hygiene For Better Sleep
Date: March 10, 2021
One complaint that I get every day in my practice is women of all ages having issues in getting a great night’s sleep, but few of them like many of you may not realize that insomnia issues may be directly related to the lack of you having a sleep hygiene. If you are one of these women, you might know you have issues with getting proper sleep but aren’t sure exactly why.
Episode 114: Stay Healthy While Working From Home
Date: March 3, 2021
With more of us women working from home, I have been getting a common question that has been coming up a lot, so I thought I would address it here today – and that question is: How do I get more exercise, stay healthy, and avoid eating too much-called the COVID 20, when I am working at home full-time?
First of all, I want you not to worry, because I am here to tell you that it is possible to improve your physical health even while working from home, just like if you were working in an office.
Episode 113: 5 Heart Healthy Foods (Part 3)
Date: February 24, 2021
Ladies, your heart is the most important muscle in the body, yet when was the last time you really took care of it?
If you’re looking to get healthier throughout 2021, eating a heart-friendly diet is one of the first things you’ll want to focus on.
So, to end this series on heart health we’ll be looking at 5 healthy heart foods you’ll want to stock up on.
Episode 112: 5 Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy (Part 2)
Date: February 17, 2021
Heart Disease is one of the leading killers of women. Ladies,even if you’re genetically more predisposed to developing the disease, there’s still ways to reduce the risks and live a happier, longer life.
In part 2 of our healthy heart series we are going to talk about 5 relatively easy ways to keep your heart healthy and in tip top shape. 3 of them are part of my 5-core healthy fundamentals.
Episode 111: What Does A Healthy Heart Mean(Part 1)
Date: February 10, 2021
The idea for this series was born when I polled my four 28-year-old daughters friends with this question, at a recent girl’s night in- not to worry all the girls at the small gathering already had COVID- so the question I asked them was “at what age did they think heart disease started?” most of them said it starts in women over 50 years and older. Then I asked them if they thought they needed to worry about their heart health and most of them said heart health is not something that they feel they have to be concerned with at this age.
Well, my young at heart women, I’m going to tell you just like I told them, that is just not the case. I went on to explain to them that changes in your blood vessels just don’t happen overnight. Just like with type 2 diabetes or other illnesses, the changes start gradually without warning and research is now showing us that heart health changes can start in your early 30’s.
Episode 109: How Healthy Habits Boost Your Productivity
Date: January 21, 2021
Developing healthy habits isn’t just for your physical and mental health ladies, but also for getting more done each day. These habits help you live your life and run your businesses more effectively, from your morning and nighttime routines, to your physical activity, to how you eat, including your free time for fun or self-care. If you want to boost your productivity, the first step is to change your habits.
In today’s show we are going to explore how healthy habits boost your productivity, but before we do that, we need to re-visit last week’s topic on habits just for a refresh, but more along the line of why we, me and you, keep going back to old habits.
Episode 108: How To Have A Healthy Mindset For 2021
Date: January 13, 2021
Most women are creatures of habit, and that includes our mindset and thought patterns. You have probably noticed this when something stressful or upsetting happens; your mind tends to go the same place it always does. While this can be frustrating, it is also very possible to change how you react by changing your entire mindset.
In today’s episode we are going to look at how to change our mindsets and understand the process for doing this and then we are diving into how changing our mindset helps us to change our behavior.
Episode 107: Thyroid Health
Date: January 7, 2021
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower front side of your neck and is involved in so many complex processes that take place inside your body. It affects your health in so many ways.
In today’s show we are talking all about how this tiny but mighty gland works, what other systems can play havoc on it and how it can play havoc on those same symptoms in return.
Episode 106: Year End: Gratitude
Date: December 24, 2020
I truly believe that feeling safe and secure in your life comes when you have your health. It gives you the freedom to create whatever you want in your life.
2020 might have put some limitations on all our health agendas, but 2021 is another chance to get back in the right direction and I will be right here to serve you along the way.
The world needs you and your gifts…now more than ever! And if you don’t have your health you are not going to be able to do just that.
Episode 105: Looking Back and Looking Forward: 6 Ways To Have A Healthy New Year
Date: December 17, 2020
2020 has been a crazy, turbulent year for everyone, but despite all the setbacks, pivots, mindset shifts that we all have to try to navigate, I wanted to encourage you to look back and find the good moments and reflect on your gratitude. I’m sharing a few of my own in hopes to spark you to do the same.
And whilst looking back is a good thing, I wanted to share with you 6 ways to look forward to plan for an even healthier New Year in 2021.
Episode 104: The One Where We Talk All Things Sexual Healing & Sexual Health
Date: November 26, 2020
One of the hardest subjects that I find women have trouble opening up about and discussing is on the topic of sexual health.
Many women suffer in silence thinking that they are the only ones that have any sexual issues.
We don’t talk about this sensitive subject enough.
Episode 103: The Business of Health
Date: November 13, 2020
In today’s show we are talking about the business of your health. We are exploring why we look at our business or our career one way and then at our health in a totally polar opposite way, when in fact they are two sides of the same coin.
In order to have a successful business or career you need your health in order to accomplish that, but oddly most of us don’t see it that way.
Episode 102: PMS vs PMDD Understanding the Difference
Date: November 6, 2020
In today’s episode I’m sharing the interview that I had with Erika Diaz-Castro in her podcast Stronger Than You Think. We did it in Oct. which was National mental health awareness month. We dished on what is PMS vs PMDD and in general how you can boost your mood with little everyday things. I discuss what is the difference between PMS and PMDD and things that you can do to specifically help yourself in these areas. Hormonal imbalances should be thought of as mental health issues and we discuss why.
Episode 101: Bacterial vs A Viral Infection Which Do I Have?
Date: October 28, 2020
Bacterial and viral infections are different, but they also have plenty of similarities. Both infections are caused by “bad bugs”. Bacterial infections are due to bacteria, and viral infections are due to viruses. Knowing their differences can help you understand how they are diagnosed and treated and that is what we are discussing in today’s episode. We also explore how to know if you have a weakened immune system. What supplements are the best to help boost our immune system.
Episode 100: What Is Autumn Anxiety
Date: October 14, 2020
Anxiety is a type of mental health disorder that affects millions of people, from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Different people get anxiety for many different reasons, year-round. However, there is one type of anxiety that mental health professionals are seeing more often, which is anxiety that starts around the fall season and is called Autumn Anxiety.
Episode 99: 5 Reasons Why You Should Go for a Walk Every Day
Date: October 7, 2020
If you haven’t exercised in a while or are looking for something easy you can do every single day then I’d like you to consider giving walking a try. It’s the perfect low impact way to exercise for any level of fitness, It’s easy to do, you don’t need any special equipment, you can start at the fitness level you’re at, and best of all it is free.
In today’s episode we will be discussing these 5 reasons why you should go for a walk every day.
Episode 98: Interview with Beauty Guide Founder, Terri Bryant
Date: September 16, 2020
Today I am delighted to bring you a wonderful interview with Guide Beauty founder, Terri Bryant.
I first heard Terri talk about her story and her brand on another podcast and I was so moved by how she looked and described make-up that I had to have her on the show. Her story is like so many of ours, a product being born out of personal need, but ending up helping so many others.
Episode 97: Understanding the Problem with Emotional Eating
Date: September 9, 2020
Is food your best friend in times of stress? Do anxiety-ridden situations send you running to buy your favorite comfort food? In today’s episode, we’ll talk about emotional eating, the health concerns that arise from it, and how you can reverse this potential problem.
Episode 96: Boost Digestion with Digestive Supplements, Herbs, and Superfoods
Date: September 2, 2020
In today’s episode we are taking a look at how to boost digestion with digestive enzyme supplements, herbs, and superfoods.
Episode 95: To Douche Or Not To Douche…That is The Question
Date: August 12, 2020
This is a hot topic for me. Well not the exact topic about douching but the whole idea that brought douching about and that is – that women smell and are dirty down there. As if men never smell..right? So, today I talk to you about the myths that have came about as to what douching can do and what it can’t do.
Episode 94: Ask Michele
Date: July 29, 2020
Episode 93: Why Coaching Is Needed Now More Than Ever
Date: July 23, 2020
Episode 92: Healthy Lifestyle
Date: July 2, 2020
So, y’all may have noticed that I haven’t released a podcast episode in several months. In today’s episode I explain why and I thank you for your grace and space during this crazy time.
Episode 91: Simple Steps To Help You Detox
Date: March 19, 2020
This week we continue the conversation about detoxing and I thought it would be good to give you some simple steps if you are thinking about trying a detox for a short period of time or even for just a day or two.
Episode 90: The 3 Phases of Detoxification
Date: March 11, 2020
Last week we discussed how important your liver is to your overall health and especially in the detox process.
This week in simple terms I dive into the 3 phases of detoxification and how it works and how each phase must support one another to work.
Episode 89: Healthy Liver Healthy Life
Date: March 05, 2020
As we approach summer every year the big push for all the magazines is on the topic of weight loss. With weight loss you start to hear the golden word “detox” start to surface.
First, I find that most people don’t even know what a detox is even all about or even the science behind it. In my book if you’re going to do something you should know why you are doing it.
Episode 88: Oh To Love Your Heart
Date: February 19, 2020
February may be known as the month of love in the consumer world, but over here in the health world, it is known as heart health month.
So, I couldn’t let the month go by without bringing you an episode all about heart health and things that you can do to lower your risk of heart disease.
Episode 87: Creativity Equals Good Health
Date: February 11, 2020
Creativity is something we all use in some form, but many believe they aren’t creative. But the creative mind can be developed. The best way to do that is through practice. The more you do the things, regularly, that flex your creative muscle, the more you will develop a natural ability to be creative.