The Health Diaries

‘I do very little social media — it’s not really my style.’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Melissa Hanna is changing the way new moms and babies access health care. She is the founder of Mahmee, a platform that lets hospitals, health systems, and their patients coordinate comprehensive maternity health care, from birth to baby’s first birthday. Mahmee helps moms easily access all of their providers, like doctors, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, nutritionists, and more.

Founded in 2015, Mahmee has over 900 practices in its network and has received funding from the…

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‘People that are more “successful” than me have made a different set of choices’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Will Dean is always on an adventure. The founder of Tough Mudder has launched yet another venture: a tech startup called Immersive Game Labs that allows users to create shared memories through gaming. Described as “part indoor theme park, part video game, part escape room,” the new company will launch in London this year and recently acquired over $3.2 million in seed funding.

Dean shares with Medium how he plans to help people make lasting…

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Dean and Anne Ornish say diet and exercise can go a long way in preventing and reversing many chronic illnesses

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Nearly six in 10 Americans live with chronic disease. Lifestyle medicine advocates Dean Ornish, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and his wife Anne, vice president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, want to change those statistics. They’ve done research to show that many chronic diseases — including heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, and more — can be reversed through changes to diet and lifestyle.

The program…

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‘I’m a very low-maintenance eater. If I even eat lunch, that’s a good day.’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

About 80 percent of health care decisions for children are made by women, and Kate Ryder wants to make that responsibility easier. Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, a digital health company and family benefits platform founded in 2014 that’s focused on women’s and children’s health with an extra emphasis on supporting working mothers and new mothers returning to work.

Maven members have access to more than 1,400 providers — OB-GYNs, therapists, nutritionists…

The musician turned scientist has translated his intermittent fasting research into a lifestyle

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Intermittent fasting is one of the hottest fields in longevity research, and Valter Longo, PhD, author of The Longevity Diet and director of the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute, deserves much of the credit. Several studies, including Longo’s, have linked calorie restriction to a lower risk of disease, better brain function, and, yes, a potentially longer life. …

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‘People have woken up to the fact that another prescription pill is not the answer.’

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Robin Berzin, MD, is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health, a digital health care membership company focused on utilizing technology to provide primary care and nutritional health coaching for about $150 per month. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the company is growing fast. (In 2018, it received $10 million in funding.) Learn more about Berzin’s personal health philosophies and why she’s always looking for hacks to drink more water.

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Here’s how he stays healthy despite traveling 45 weeks out of the year

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

When Eric Kufel became CEO of CorePower Yoga, three years ago, he was already a well-known fixture on the health scene. He previously served as CEO of Van’s International Foods, focusing on bringing healthy food to the masses. He’s doing the same at CorePower Yoga, making yoga accessible and welcoming to yogis old and new. It appears to be working: CorePower Yoga, which started in 2002, now has more than 180 studios in 23 states…

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The transgender advocate and YouTube star doesn’t believe in deprivation

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

Social media maven and LGBTQ advocate Gigi Gorgeous got her start in 2008, when she began uploading beauty tutorials to YouTube, garnering a following of more than 2.7 million subscribers. In 2013, she shared with her followers that she was transgender. Since then, she’s used social media to talk openly about her gender identity and has parlayed her following into a successful career, including a 2017 documentary on her transition.

Her upcoming memoir, titled He…

What are prebiotics, and should you be taking them?

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Gut health is all the rage. From fermented drinks like kombucha to high-fiber diets, nutritionists and researchers alike have zeroed in on the gut microbiome as a compass for a person’s overall health.

As a result, probiotics, also known as beneficial gut bacteria, are experiencing a renaissance. Now their closely named peer, prebiotics, is also gaining traction as one of the latest darlings in gut health.

What’s the difference? While probiotics are themselves gut bacteria, prebiotics are the food that feeds bacteria. Prebiotics resist digestion in the small intestine and, upon reaching the colon, are fermented by bacteria in the…

Nutritionists sound off on the trend that’s taking over your Instagram feed

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The list of healthy drink trends spurred by social media is innumerable: from golden milk to matcha lattes to activated charcoal drink mixes. Now, you can add celery juice to the list.

The bright green beverage is taking over social feeds for its allegedly stellar health benefits (check out #CeleryJuice). The craze was started by the Medical Medium, author Anthony William, who has three New York Times best-selling books on natural food cures. …

Emily Shiffer

Emily Shiffer is a freelance health writer and editor living in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared on Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Prevention, and more.

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