I listen to podcasts when I’m stuck in traffic commuting to work, going for a long walk by myself, doing meal prep, or even just taking a break after scrolling on the phone for too long (a great way to relieve eyestrain from smartphones but still embrace the technology!) What I love about podcasts is that they’re FREE and on-demand – it’s like passive learning in that all you have to do is listen, but at the same time you’re actively searching for ideas from a sea of knowledge.
Here’s a list of 10 podcasts that I want to share with you on holistic health, nutrition & fitness, mental & emotional health, and financial health:
- Hosts Jesse Chappus (a former Chiropractor) and Marni Wasserman (a nutritionist and natural chef who owned a plant-based cooking school) interview a wide range of guests who focus on different aspects of health and wellness, from nutrition, lifestyle, fitness, sleep, to spirituality and much more. They often end each podcast by outlining some achievable steps for listeners to take their health to the next level. After following their podcasts for a while, you can clearly see that they have excellent interviewing skills and they do extensive homework on each topic and guest in preparation for each show – many times their guests were even impressed by that! It is truly a well-rounded podcast that covers an extensive range of topics all related to health. This is my all-time favourite podcast! I also like their beautiful and easy-to-navigate website which has tons of resources.
The Doctor’s Farmacy with Mark Hyman M.D.
- Dr. Mark Hyman is a physician and NY Times bestselling author of numerous books on health and diets. His name often comes up in my online research as he’s very active on social media and various health conferences where he provides lots of materials covering topics in the realm of functional medicine, often with a focus on healthy eating. His podcasts have a really good flow and feature many guests who are leading experts in their fields. One downfall I see personally is that his books and the diets that he advocates are often targeted towards people who have overweight and obesity issues but not applicable to people like me who are underweight but still struggling with health. Nonetheless, still a genuine leader, activist and educator in what he does. He also has an amazing website and social media pages that showcase his work.
- There’s no need for a full introduction on TedTalks – this podcast is simply an audio-only version of what were originally on-stage presentations that feature various speakers and experts who talked about the latest medical breakthroughs and hot topics in the health world. One downside is that these presentations after removing the visual cues are not as interactive as interview-based podcasts.
FITNESS & NUTRITION
The Dr. Axe Show with Dr. Josh Axe, M.D.
- Dr. Josh Axe is the author of the NY Times best selling book Eat Dirt. He’s also a frequent guest in the Dr. Oz Show. In his podcast, he explores topics on nutrition, health and fitness with numerous guests who are renowned experts in the health industry. I love that he covers lots of information on Gut Health as that’s what I struggle with. The show has a good flow and often makes me do more research afterward. Also another beautiful website! However one shortfall is that the sound effect is not as good as the others listed here.
NutritionFacts with Dr. Michael Greger, M.D.
- In this podcast, Dr. Greger breaks down many frequently asked nutrition questions into bite-size pieces – most of the episodes are only 10- 20 mins long, so it’s like a nutritious snack when I’m in-between tasks and have no appetite or time for an hour-long podcast. It’s really quite entertaining – short and simple! He basically does all the tedious reviews on scientific literature for us and “connect the dots” on some of the controversial hot topics on food and nutrition. Also, it’s worth mentioning that there are no ads in the podcast so far so it’s quite fluent like a storytime without interruptions. Other than the podcast, Dr. Greger also creates lots of content on his Youtube channel.
The Genius Life with Max Lugavere
- I love that the show has a good flow thanks to the hosts great interviewing skills. Max curates a wide range of guests to talk about health and wellness, mindset, and diet. Even though the guests tend to focus on the area of their expertise, understandably, Max continues to keep an open mind on all the topics.
MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HELATH
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- The hosts Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft is a perfect duo! They have complementary personalities and give different “vibes” to the show. They talk about strategy and solutions to make our lives a little happier, healthier, and more productive. The show has an easy-to-follow structure: each week the sisters share their “Try This At Home” tips on easy, manageable action items that we can take to make their life a little easier and happier. Sometimes this is through an interview with a special guest on the topic. Then they share “Happiness Hacks” that are tried-and-true advice from their own life, pop culture, and their listeners. The show often ends with the sisters taking turns to share their “Demerits & Gold Stars“ of the week which are often common mistakes that we all make every day, struggles that we’ve all experienced, and things that we often take for granted and do not express our gratitude on.
- The show repeatedly touched on The Four Tendencies (Obliger, Upholder, Questioner, and Rebel) – a structure that Gretchen invented to explore our personalities and habits based on how we meet inner and outer expectations. Here’s a quiz to find out what your tendency is!
- This is actually the very first podcast that I listened to as I was tired of listening to pointless radio shows when commuting to work. I was trying to make use of the hour-long drive every day to be more productive and also trying not to fall asleep :).
Mo’ Money Podcast with Jessica Moorhouse
- I found her topics and discussions so relatable – especially for those of us who live in Canada. Many personal finance podcasts and articles are targeted towards the U.S. so this is a good one that covers both sides of the border. She shares many useful tips that help me improve my financial literacy in a fun and engaging way. In most episodes, she invites guests to discuss financial issues, and occasionally she gives “Money Minutes” – a short and informative monologue on her daily encounters on money and finance. I just love her energy and passion for the topic!
Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau
- The host Chris Guillebeau publishes a new episode EVERY DAY – what a commitment (he’s at episode #1222)! In his words, he never had a “conventional job” but he’s had countless side hustles himself and I can see that’s what he’s passionate about. In the podcast, he shares short and interesting stories on regular (but not normal!) people who strive to create a second or third income source for themselves by “side hustling”. Most of these side hustlers have or used to have a steady day-time job that they love, and yet they still invest the energy, money and time to do what they love. The sidekicks can simply be their hobbies, expanding their trade skills, or big ideas that magically come to their minds but no one else put in the effort to make it happen in real life. There’re some crazy ideas that certainly have a niche market, whether it’s re-selling, creating a new product, providing a service, or this – one of the most interesting episodes to date I’ve listened to is “Rent The Chicken” (who knew you can rent out chickens from your backyard to make extra money)! Having listened to many episodes, I’m just fascinated and inspired by all these unique stories and people and thought why the heck didn’t I think of that?!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- OK, I may be digressing a little bit. Some of the episodes are health-related, others not so much. But it’s my passion so I’m sharing it:) This podcast “examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on our plate“. A listener on Apple Podcast really spoke my mind:
It never ceases to amaze me how many approaches the program has found to this topic, each of which it handles in an all-around well-produced package”Zanimum on apple podcast review page
I really admire what these podcast hosts do – I can’t imagine how much time and effort they must have invested in researching, interviewing, editing, and not to mention trying to get reputable sponsors that suit their philosophy in order to provide us with great contents for free.
One simple thing you can do to support them is simply rating and reviewing podcasts on whichever platform you get podcasts from (apple, google, etc). Another way is to share these great contents you find to your friends and family – after all, sharing is caring!