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    The Liz Earle Wellbeing Show

    Welcome to The Liz Earle Wellbeing Show, the podcast helping all women have a better second half. I’m Liz Earle and, with so many of us living longer than ever before, I’m on a mission to help women thrive in later life by investing in our health and wellbeing today. This means picking up good habits in our 20s and 30s, navigating the changes that come in our 40s and 50s and fortifying our bodies with everything we need to stay fit, flexible, sharp and energised in our 60s, 70s and beyond.

     



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    What your sex life might be missing, with Charlene Douglas

    What your sex life might be missing, with Charlene Douglas

    Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable? Psychodynamic and psychosexual therapist Charlene Douglas joins Liz on this podcast to reveal why we’re so afraid about seeking help for our sex lives.


    Charlene, who you may recognise as the therapist from Married At First Sight UK, shares why we should really interrogate our relationship with sex and consider therapy, plus she shares the one thing that will improve your sex life.


    Liz and Charlene also discuss why pleasure is often left out of the conversations about sex (especially during sex education), whether there is ever a place for pornography, and common issues couples come up against in their sex lives in midlife.


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    Weight loss to love: how to manifest your dreams, with Dr Sabina Brennan

    Weight loss to love: how to manifest your dreams, with Dr Sabina Brennan

    Do you believe in the power of manifestation? Neuroscientist, health psychologist, and author Dr Sabina Brennan joins Liz to share why this ‘woo’ practice might actually have more science to it than expected.


    Whether you're looking for love or want to hit your health goals, Sabina shares how the power to manifest our dreams is within us all. Meanwhile, Liz shares her own experiences of manifesting a relationship with the help of her daughters.


    Sabina also reveals how visualisation can help us through challenging scenarios and talks Liz through ‘intentional blindness.’


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    How to balance stress and live longer, with Dr Torkil Færo

    How to balance stress and live longer, with Dr Torkil Færo

    Do you wear any kind of fitness tracker? On this podcast, Dr Torkil Færø joins Liz to share how wearable pieces of tech can help us better understand our heart rate variability (HRV), and ultimately live a longer and healthier life.


    Torkil explains what our HRV can tell us about what's going on in our bodies - and how it this number can even alert you to serious health issues such as heart attacks and disease.


    Liz and Torkil discuss how we can optimise our HRV with our diet, exercise and lifestyle tweaks such as cold showers, supplements and fasting - plus, the impact alcohol can have here.


    The episode also covers how having a positive attitude to ageing may be able to help you live longer.


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    Vaginal oestrogen could save your life, with Dr Rachel Rubin

    Vaginal oestrogen could save your life, with Dr Rachel Rubin

    With more than half of women experiencing at least one urinary tract infection in their lifetime, Liz chats to urologist and sexual medicine specialist Dr Rachel Rubin to reveal why UTIs must be taken more seriously.


    Rachel shares the realities of how dangerous UTIs can be, plus how the lack of knowledge on this common infection is just another example of medical misogyny.


    Rachel talks Liz through the symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and how vaginal oestrogen could be lifesaving.


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    Get fit in just 11 minutes, with Lavina Mehta

    Get fit in just 11 minutes, with Lavina Mehta

    Struggle to find the time to fit in your workouts? Award-winning personal trainer Lavina Mehta joins Liz to share how you can get fit with just 11 minutes of exercise every day.


    Lavina talks Liz through exercise ‘snacking’ and why this can be a better approach for midlife women, plus why we should exercise for sanity not vanity and prioritise strength over cardio. Liz and Lavina also reveal a simple trick to help mitigate glucose spikes after meals, and try out a live exercise snacking session.


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    Finding love online in midlife, with Garance Doré

    Finding love online in midlife, with Garance Doré

    Have you ever used dating apps or websites? Beauty brand founder and author Garance Doré joins Liz to chat about how they both found love in the digital landscape. Garance reveals why she doesn’t fear heartbreak, and how our parents’ behaviour often influences our own with our partners.


    Liz and Garance also talk through their experiences of being in relationships with a significant age gap, and how this affects their perception of their own ageing bodies.


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    Are weight loss drugs too good to be true? – with Johann Hari

    Are weight loss drugs too good to be true? – with Johann Hari

    Can a 'magic pill' can fix the obesity epidemic - or are we creating even more problems? Author Johann Hari joins Liz on this podcast to discuss the benefits - and 12 potential risks - of new weight loss drugs, such as Ozempic.


    Johann reveals his motivations to use weight loss drugs personally, plus talks through shocking statistics on the realities of being overweight on our health.


    He also shares some of the positive effects that may come with these anti-obesity drugs beyond fat loss, along with the risks - including malnutrition and eating disorders.


    Meanwhile, Liz questions the true cost to our health here and whether we’re opening a Pandora’s box of unknown adverse effects when considering these drugs.


    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains bad language and frank chat about suicide, sexual assault, and eating disorders, so please take care while listening.


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    Why your UTIs keep coming back, with Dr Kate Stephens

    Why your UTIs keep coming back, with Dr Kate Stephens

    Do you struggle with urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Dr Kate Stephens, a doctor of microbiology specialising in the human microbiome, joins Liz to share how we can better support our vaginal microbiome and avoid recurring UTIs.


    In this episode, brought to you in partnership with Optibac, Kate and Liz discuss the common causes of UTIs and why perimenopause and menopause often leave us more vulnerable to them.


    Liz and Kate talk through the best bacteria strains for intimate health, and address old wives’ tales - like whether cranberry juice can fight a UTI.


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    Are we too shy of the sun? - with Dr Leland Stillman

    Are we too shy of the sun? - with Dr Leland Stillman

    Have we become too shy of the sun or are we right to be extra cautious? Dr Leland Stillman joins Liz to share why he believes current advice about sun exposure is only skin deep.


    Leland discusses his perspective on how light impacts our eyes and our overall wellbeing, and Liz questions whether we can really avoid damaging our skin when seeking more sunlight.


    Leland shares how he keeps his skin safe in the sun plus how light may impact the gut, while Liz asks whether a vitamin D supplement is the same as getting it from light itself.


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    Healthy fats, weight loss and ‘reversing’ diabetes, with Eric Edmeades

    Healthy fats, weight loss and ‘reversing’ diabetes, with Eric Edmeades

    You’ve likely heard of pre-diabetes. But what about post-diabetes? Serial entrepreneur and Wild Fit founder Eric Edmeades joins Liz to share why we need to change our approach to type 2 diabetes - along with the practical changes needed to reverse it.


    Liz and Eric discuss why we should view type 2 diabetes as more of an injury rather than a disease with a life-long sentence, plus why it’s important to distinguish between pre- and post-diabetic in healthcare plans.


    They also cover the benefits of ketosis and autophagy, the importance of cutting down on sugar for our health, and other lifestyle changes that we can make to cut the risk of pre-diabetes.


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    Is mould sabotaging your health? - with Dr John Kim

    Is mould sabotaging your health? - with Dr John Kim

    Do you struggle with keeping mould at bay in your home? Functional medicine pharmacist Dr John Kim joins Liz to take a deep dive into the impacts mould may be having on our health.


    Inside this episode, John and Liz discuss whether everyday household mould might be the cause of sickness, and how mould could have even played a role in Liz’s daughter's own ill-health over the years.


    John and Liz also cover how to avoid mould getting inside food - such as coffee and grains - why juice cleanses can't actually detox the body effectively, and other endocrine disruptors that may be lurking in our homes.


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    Reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease, with Patrick Holford

    Reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease, with Patrick Holford

    With one in 11 people currently suffering from dementia in the UK, Liz chats with Patrick Holford, founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, to learn how we can reduce our risk of Alzheimer's disease.


    Patrick, who is also the chief executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation, talks Liz through the role omega-3s and B vitamins play in protecting our brains, and they also discuss 30 factors associated with a heightened risk of Alzheimer's.


    Liz and Patrick cover foods to include in your diet, such as eggs and nuts, and the foods to avoid (spoiler: sugar!), plus key supplements that might help to protect our brains from cognitive decline.


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    What are your dreams trying to tell you? With Dr Rahul Jandial

    What are your dreams trying to tell you? With Dr Rahul Jandial

    How much thought do you give to your dreams? Neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Dr Rahul Jandial joins Liz to reveal what your dreams are really trying to tell you.


    Liz and Rahul unpack where our dreams stem from, what recurring ones actually mean, and how what we dream about at night can impact our capabilities during the day.


    The episode also covers 'sleep pressure', techniques that can enhance our dreams, and whether doctors can use our dreams as diagnostic tools.


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    Solving your midlife dilemmas, with Liz Earle

    Solving your midlife dilemmas, with Liz Earle

    In a midlife muddle and in desperate need of direction? To celebrate the launch of her new book, A Better Second Half, Liz Earle sits down to answer YOUR questions on how to thrive in midlife - from weight loss to veganism and beauty routines to new relationships.


    Liz answers Sue’s question on how to get a handle on midlife weight gain, advises Claire on why she shouldn’t turn vegan like her daughter, and covers all things protein and intermittent fasting for L.Odile.


    Liz also reveals how Zereen can create a supplement plan that works for her and the key nutrients we need in midlife, and shares advice with Samantha on keeping consistent with her wellness journey when in a new relationship.


    Liz offers advice to Zoe on how to find a sense of purpose in midlife, and which products can help Emma achieve her skin goals.


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    Liz’s secrets to a better second half, with Gabby Logan

    Liz’s secrets to a better second half, with Gabby Logan

    Want to know how to truly thrive in midlife for your best years yet? Esteemed broadcaster and podcaster Gabby Logan turns the tables on Liz on this podcast, to discover her secrets to help you dial back your age for a longer, happier and healthier life.


    On this special episode celebrating Liz's new book, Liz opens up to Gabby about her own journey to a 'better second half', and shares practical, easy and economical advice to help you navigate midlife with confidence.


    Liz and Gabby talk effective exercise and nutrition (and why it doesn't need to be complicated!), the lesser-known symptoms of menopause which they both experienced, and how epigenetics can help you better understand your body.


    This episode also covers HRT and hormonal health, sex and relationships in midlife, plus how to find purpose and identity as you age.


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    The pill, HRT, and medical gaslighting, with Kate Muir

    The pill, HRT, and medical gaslighting, with Kate Muir

    Have you ever used some form of hormonal contraception? Kate Muir, documentary maker, investigative journalist and women's health expert, joins Liz to share what the contraceptive pill is really doing to our health - from our sex drive to our mood.


    Inside this episode, Kate shares what prompted her concerns about the pill, and why more attention should be paid to the synthetic hormones commonly used in this type of contraception - just like the push for body identical HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for midlife women.


    Liz and Kate discuss the mental health outcomes of female contraceptives such as the pill, the coil and the injection, plus talk through why women don't actually need to take a break from their contraception for a bleed (despite being told otherwise!)


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    Can food help you fight cancer? - with Sheila Dillon

    Can food help you fight cancer? - with Sheila Dillon

    What role does food play in preventing and treating cancer? Food journalist and BBC broadcaster Sheila Dillon joins Liz to reveal why she wants food to feature more heavily in conversations about cancer.


    Sheila shares her own experience of Multiple Myeloma (MM), a cancer of the bone marrow, and how her approach to treatment differed from her sister’s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.


    Sheila also talks through the changes she made to her diet during this time, and discusses with Liz the potent powers of natural medicinals, such as turmeric and medicinal mushrooms.


    Liz and Sheila cover the impact of pesticides, the role diet can play in cancer prevention, plus how we can cut down on ultra-processed foods - and why this must be a priority.


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    Stop making the same mistakes, with Emma Reed Turrell

    Stop making the same mistakes, with Emma Reed Turrell

    Stuck in a rut? Guilty of repeating the same bad habits? Always find yourself in the same arguments with loved ones? Therapist Emma Reed Turrell joins Liz on this episode to help you figure out how to stop repeating the same patterns of unhelpful behaviour and finally break the cycle.


    Emma shares why identifying blind spots and thought super-highways are crucial to self-development, plus how we can better understand the four blind spot people profiles: The Gladiator, The Bridge, The Hustler and The Rock.


    Liz reveals what blind spot profile she most identifies with and why, while Emma discusses how we can avoid passing unhelpful behaviours to our children and how to mitigate blind spots in our personal and professional lives.


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    Avoid the anti-ageing trap, with Dr Lubna Khan-Salim

    Avoid the anti-ageing trap, with Dr Lubna Khan-Salim

    Want in on the secrets to healthy and glowing skin in midlife? Dr Lubna Khan-Salim joins Liz to share why beauty isn't about being wrinkle-free, but more about retaining strength, vitality and suppleness.


    Lubna, a surgeon specialising in cosmetic aesthetics, discusses why, like Liz does too, she loathes the term anti-ageing, what changes you might notice in your skin in menopause, plus why you should nourish your body from within before considering tweakments.


    The episode also puts the lens on new skincare treatments, beauty bio-hacking and epigenetics, and why social media skincare trends such as ‘glass skin’ might be doing more harm than good for our complexions.


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    How to worry less in midlife, with Brigid Delaney

    How to worry less in midlife, with Brigid Delaney

    Are you a worrier? Or perhaps prone to mood swings? You might learn a thing or two from the ancient Stoic philosophers, says journalist Brigid Delaney. Listen in as Brigid talks Liz through the core principles and values of Stoicism, how to achieve an enduring tranquillity known as Ataraxia, and simple ways to lead a more calm and drama-free life.


    Liz and Brigid also discuss why dizzying highs often mean devastating lows (and how we can aim for a more moderate middle ground), plus other helpful exercises practiced by Stoic philosophers, such as negative visualisation and journaling. 


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    ·         Purchase Reasons Not To Worry by Brigid Delaney

    ·         Follow Brigid on X

    ·         Listen to our podcast with Sarah Wilson

    ·         Email us your questions at podcast@lizearlewellbeing.com

    ·         Pre-order A Better Second Half by Liz Earle



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