Celebrating International Podcast Day with the Top 10 Episodes of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories

Last week we celebrated International Podcast Day by taking a look at the top 10 most downloaded episodes of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories.

An award-winning podcast hosted by our own Tamika Bickham, we share stories of entrepreneurs, pro athletes, community leaders, and nonprofits fulfilling their purpose and living their best lives!

Our guests have certainly been through a lot, from near-death experiences to their challenging health journeys. So, let’s break down our most popular episodes!

#10 Insulin Resistance and Weight Gain with Baptist Health’s Dr. Pascual De Santis

In this episode we’re diving into the details of our health and learning all about Insulin Resistance – what it is, what it means, and how we can all prevent it. We’re joined by Pascual De Santis, M.D., an endocrinologist with Baptist Health Medical Group, for this eye opening episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories. Dr. De Santis breaks down the answer to common questions you might already have, while leaving you with healthy habits you can start today.

#9 Is This My Life? Help For Healthcare Professionals with Dr. Naomi Jean-Baptiste

Almost 400 medical professionals die by suicide per year, and that was before the pandemic. Medical professionals, like today’s Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories guest Dr. Naomi Jean-Baptiste, are experiencing something many haven’t before — and as a result are under unimaginable stress. Dr. JB has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since day one, and she identified needs that weren’t being met — mental wellness support for her peers, access to medical information for the public, and a need to reduce burnout rates in the medical profession. In today’s episode, Dr. JB tells her story of becoming an Emergency Medicine Physician, how the pandemic has impacted her, and why she founded Hope4Med.

#8 Preventing Breast Cancer & Achieving Better Health with Dr. Kristi Funk

On this episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories, we’re talking everything breast health, the methods of cancer prevention, and the powers of plant-based eating. Our guest Dr. Kristi Funk is a wealth of knowledge, known for her work as a board-certified physician, TV personality, author, and celebrity physician. In this episode, Dr. Funk tells the story of her path towards advocating for the breast health of women around the world, and provides actionable advice for breast cancer prevention.

#7 Vegans Can Build Muscle? Tips From A Pro Vegan Bodybuilder with Torre Washington

Torre Washington is changing the perception of bodybuilders as we know them. As a vegan for the last 22 years (and vegetarian since birth), Torre has mastered what it means to build muscle on a plant-based diet. On today’s episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories, Torre walks us through his journey to plant-based eating, bodybuilding, and educating people around the globe on the importance of a vegan lifestyle.

#6 Naked and Afraid Stars Talk All Things Survival with Matt and Brooke Wright

Could you survive harsh environments, with no food, water or shelter, and rely purely on your survival know-how? After years of watching one of her favorite shows, Naked and Afraid, Tamika is thrilled to host this episode’s guests for a chat on survivalism and entrepreneurship. Brooke and Matt Wright have not only challenged themselves on Discovery’s Naked and Afraid many times, but they’ve also built a thriving business sharing their expertise with others across the country through their business Extreme Instinct. In today’s episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories, get a glimpse into what prompted their passion for survivalism, and leave with actionable steps to increase your survival skills – no matter your skill level.

#5 Ultramarathon Man: Pushing Through Pain To Find Purpose with Dean Karnazes

You might want to be standing for today’s episode of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories. Why? Because our guest Dean Karnazes spends most of his life doing just that! Not only does Dean stand for almost his entire day, but he’s accomplished a lot more. The author is best known for being an ultramarathon runner, inspirational speaker, and was voted Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world. In today’s episode, Dean shares with us the turning point that took him from a “non-runner” to running 100 miles at a time, and more.

#4 Where Are We Now? Health & Happiness Lessons We’ve Learned in 100 Episodes

Episode 100! We made it to triple digits here on Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories. After two years of recording, we are proud of the 100 stories we’ve had the opportunity to share as an award-winning podcast. To celebrate, Tamika sat down for another solo episode reflecting on the past 100 episodes and broke down some of the health and happiness lessons she’s learned and implemented.

#3 Flipping The Script: My Journey from TV Reporter to Entrepreneur featuring Tamika Bickham

On episode 1 of Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories, Tamika takes back the mic to share her personal story — a journey of career changes, health challenges, entrepreneurship, and why she’s launching this podcast. As a former local TV news reporter she has spent her career telling others’ stories, and in this episode, she’s telling hers.

#2 Runway of Dreams: Making Clothing Accessible to All with Mindy Scheier

Thanks to Mindy Scheier, the world is becoming more accessible to people with disabilities. During her 20 years in the fashion industry, it never occurred to Mindy (or her peers) that there was a huge demographic of people missing out on having clothes made with their needs in mind. Like many Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories guests, it took a life-changing event for Mindy to find her new passion. Mindy had her “ah-ha” moment when her 8-year-old son (who was born with Muscular Dystrophy) wanted to dress like everyone else, despite his disability.

#1 Goodbye Lupus, Hello Optimal Health: Reversing Autoimmune Disease with Plant-Based Eating with Dr. Brooke Goldner

We’ve shared dozens of inspiring health stories over 80 episodes, but this week’s podcast guest is truly special – and a big inspiration behind Lift U Up: Inspiring Health Stories. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Brooke Goldner, a board-certified medical doctor, author, and founder of Goodbye Lupus. She is sharing her story of reversing her Lupus diagnosis through lifestyle adjustments. She inspired Tamika’s personal health recovery and the idea behind this podcast – that sharing inspiring health stories can make a difference in the lives of others. Tune in to hear Dr. Goldner’s story of living with an “incurable” autoimmune disease, how an accidental lifestyle shift led her to living over 16 years Lupus free, and how she’s using her proven protocol to help others heal.