Mikki Williden

Mikkipedia is an exploration in all things health, well being, fitness, food and nutrition. I sit down with scientists, doctors, professors, practitioners and people who have a wealth of experience and have a conversation that takes a deep dive into their area of expertise. I love translating science into a language that people understand, so while some of the conversations will be pretty in-depth, you will come away with some practical tips that can be instigated into your everyday life. I hope you enjoy the show!

Play Trailer
Welcome to Mikkipedia
Nov 1 2020
2 mins
Why you need omega 3 in your diet, with Bill HarrisDom Harvey - For the love of running
This week on the podcast Mikki talks to Dom Harvey, podcaster, former radio DJ, avid runner about how running has transformed his life through some of his more challenging times. Dom is such a great personality and we talk on a range of topics in this podcast, including his training, his time on early morning radio at The Edge, his move away and now as a podcaster, his fertility challenges and how this impacted him. Importantly, as a runner, he shares his love of running. Something that we have in common. Usually Dom’s the one asking the questions, so it was a great opportunity to have him on the other side of the mic.Dom Harvey is a broadcaster, writer and runner.He was the host of nationwide The Edge breakfast show from 2001 to 2021.He has written three best seller books including Running a Love story which we discuss here. Career highlights include winning the Sir Paul Holmes Award for NZ broadcaster of the year.Outside of radio, he is passionate about running. He has run all 6 of the world marathon majors (New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Boston).His best time for the marathon was a sub 3 hour marathon in Tokyo where he ran in 2.57. He wrote about his quest to run a sub 3 hour marathon in his book Running: A love story.In 2018 he ran five marathons in five days and in the process him and his friends at The Edge raised $250,000 so a young girl could get cancer treatment in Barcelona. That effort earned him a Kiwi bank NZ Local Hero award and also an Outstanding contribution to radio award.Dom can be found here: https://www.dom.co.nz/Dom’s podcast, Runners Only, can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/runners-only-with-dom-harvey/id1590931602Dom’s books: https://www.dom.co.nz/buy-onlineContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nzSave 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at www.Hoka.co.nz
May 17 2022
1 hr 1 min
Prof Mike Murphy - Creator of Coenzyme q10 supplement, MitoQ
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Mike Murphy, Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology and co-creator of Mito Q, a coQ10 supplement  that is specifically designed to target the mitochondria and offset free radical damage created through oxidative stress and improve health-related outcomes related to mitochondrial dysfunction. Of which there are many! Despite the science-based nature of the topic, Mike is great at distilling down information that we can all understand, and we discuss the latest research that links mitochondria to our health and wellbeing, and some tactics to help improve our cellular health.Mike Murphy studied chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin (1980-4) and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (1984-7), carrying out research in the group of Martin Brand on mechanisms of mitochondrial proton pumping. Mike then carried out postdoctoral work at Columbia University (1988), followed by working as a VSO teacher in Zimbabawe (1989) and as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at Trinity College, Dublin (1990-2). He then moved to the Biochemistry Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand (1992-2001), to set up his own research group, moving up to the level of Associate Professor.  During this time he spent sabbatical visits in the lab of Jeff Schatz in Basel and that of Victor Darley-Usmar in Birmingham, Alabama.  Mike joined the MRC MBU to establish an independent research group to study mitochondrial dysfunction in 2001. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Hon FRSNZ) in 2012 and was awarded the Keilin Memorial Lecture and Medal in 2016. Mike has been a Wellcome Trust Investigator since 2016. He was appointed Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology (Cambridge University) in 2018.  Mike was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2019. Mike can be found here: https://www.mrc-mbu.cam.ac.uk/research-groups/murphy-groupMitoQ: https://www.mitoq.com/ Contact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nzSave 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at www.Hoka.co.nz
May 10 2022
55 mins
Fitness over 40 with Darren EllisFunctional health, gut testing and probiotics with Dr Joe Mather
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to functional medicine doctor Joe Mather, who is also the lead physician at The Ruscio Clinic, about how he uses diet and lifestyle to help improve overall health of his clients, the functional medicine tests that we should explore and the ones that we shouldn’t waste our money on. We talk about the importance of gut health on overall health and wellbeing and what to look for in a probiotic. We also discuss other helpful supplements that Joe uses to get the best results for his patients. A lot of practical tips with this one, We hope you enjoy!Joe Mather, MD, MPH&TM, is a board-certified Family Practice physician who practices Functional Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in 2014. In his medical practice he focuses on delivering cost-effective and practical medical care with a focus on GI health. He spends a lot of time working with patients suffering from complex diseases and helping patients to optimize their longevity. When he is not working with patients you will find him chasing his three small children, exercising or meditating.Joe Mather: https://drruscio.com/team/joemather/Healthy Gut Healthy You https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Gut-You-Michael-Ruscio/dp/0999766805Sign up to Mondays Matter https://mikkiwilliden.com/mondays-matterContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nzSave 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at www.Hoka.co.nz
Apr 26 2022
59 mins
Time restricted eating, metabolic health and cancer risk with Professor Dorothy Sears
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to Professor Dorothy Sears about her research into time restricted eating, metabolic health, prolonged sitting and breast cancer risk. Professor Sears talks about how she got into this field of research and what her research, along with others, has discovered about the risk of breast cancer and the timing of our food intake, other lifestyle factors that contribute to breast cancer risk, and the importance of avoiding prolonged sitting for metabolic health.Dorothy Sears is a Professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.Dorothy’s research focus is on obesity and risk for obesity-related diseases including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Her  approach incorporates dietary and behavioral intervention, systems biology, lipidomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, expression profiling, and single gene analyses in humans and rodent models. Her goals are to identify and characterize genes, metabolites, biochemical pathways, and behaviors that regulate and/or are biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease risk and which can be used as novel targets for disease risk reduction, therapy, and/or diagnosis.Prof Sears contact and links to publications: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/endocrinology/faculty/Pages/dorothy-sears.aspxNext week talking to dr Joe Mather from the Ruscio Clinic about gut health, functional testing (and if it’s worth it) and probioticsContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nzSave 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at www.Hoka.co.nz
Apr 19 2022
59 mins
Macros and metabolic adaptation with Eric Helms and Cliff Harvey
Cliff Harvey, PhD, is New Zealand’s expert on the effects of a ketogenic diet in a healthy population, but so much more than that. He has been  helping people to live healthier, happier lives, and to perform better since starting in clinical practice (way back...) in the late 1990s. Over this time he has been privileged to work with many Olympic, professional, Commonwealth and other high performing athletes. He has also worked with many people to overcome the effects of chronic and debilitating health conditions. Along the way he has founded or co-founded many successful businesses in the health, fitness and wellness space, including the Nutrition Store Online and Holistic Performance Institute, NZ’s leading certification and diploma for health, nutrition, health coaching and performance that has many of the world experts teaching on the course, so students are learning from the best. Cliff has  over 20 years experience as a strength and nutrition coach and, in addition to his PhD research, he is a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, qualified Naturopath (Dip.Nat – NCNZ) and holds a diploma in Fitness Training (AUT) and Health Coaching in Patient Care.You can find Cliff over at https://cliffharvey.com/Nutrition Store Online: https://www.nutritionstore.online/Eric is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. A trainer since the early 2000’s, he’s worked in the US Air force, commercial gyms, private training studios, medical fitness and strength and conditioning facilities. As a part of 3DMJ he coaches drug free strength and physique competitors at all levels. Eric has competed since the mid 2000’s in natural bodybuilding, unequipped powerlifting and dabbled in Olympic lifting. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter.Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science and speaks internationally at academic and commercial conferences for fitness, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. He is also co-founder for MASS monthly strength and conditioning review.Links:Eric Helms: https://3dmusclejourney.com/about/eric-helms/Iron Culture podcast: https://ironculture.libsyn.com/MASS monthly research review: https://www.strongerbyscience.com/mass/Contact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nzSave 30% on Hoka One One with the code TEAMMIKKI at www.Hoka.co.nz
Apr 12 2022
1 hr 46 mins
Optimising bone health with Dr Eimear DoolanMindset Matters with Michelle MatangiKeto explained with Dom D’AgostinoBody transformation with Melanie WalesExploring the benefits of creatine with Professor Darren Candow
This week Mikki speaks to Dr Darren Candow, one of the world’s experts in creatine. They discuss the role of creatine in health and performance, what the research shows with regards to creatine as an ergogenic aid, and the emerging research that illustrates its role in brain and bone health. They also discuss the mis-information that exists with creatine and sets the story straight.Dr. Darren Candow, PhD, CSEP-CEP, is a Full Professor and Associate Dean-Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies, University of Regina. Dr. Candow supervises the Aging Muscle and Bone Health Laboratory and serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and Biogerontology. Dr. Candow has received over $1.5 million in research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Nutricia Research Foundation and has published over 100 journal and knowledge dissemination articles involving exercise and nutrition. Dr. Candow also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for TDF Sports. https://www.uregina.ca/kinesiology/faculty-staff/faculty/candow-darren.htmlContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nz
Mar 8 2022
1 hr 1 min
Lola Berry - Fearlessly Failing
This week Mikki talks again to Lola Berry, the host of the Fearlessly Failing podcast – leading Aussie nutritionist and bestselling author, about her new book of the same name. As one of the key creators of the early wellness scene in Australia, Lola knows a thing or two about how to overcome body and mental health issues with a complete life reset. She also knows the pain of fear and failure, having experienced life’s inevitable ups and downs in her professional life and intimate relationships.Fearlessly Failing is about how to grow through challenges and embrace the lessons so-called failure can teach us, and the discussion today centres around that.Born and raised in Melbourne, Lola Berry is the bestselling author of eleven books, including the groundbreaking The Happy Cookbook. With a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine, her mission through her books, content creating, podcasting and speciality coffee company is to help as many people as possible live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.Lola’s big on chasing dreams. That’s where her popular podcast Fearlessly Failing was born from – she interviews people about how failure can be a gift and is often the key to success.Currently studying acting and TV presenting, Lola divides her time between Byron Bay and Los AngelesContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSave 20% on all NuZest Products with the code MIKKI20 at www.nuzest.co.nz
Mar 1 2022
1 hr 4 mins
Robb Wolf - Ancestral health and paleo pioneerTom Williams (Marathon Talk, Park Run COO) on building community and connections through runningProf. Grant Schofield reflects on the vaccine mandates
Feb 8 2022
1 hr 5 mins
Better body composition, better health - Dr Bill Campbell Ph.D.
Feb 1 2022
1 hr 7 mins
Achieve better ageing with Dr Charles Brenner Ph.D.
At Dartmouth College (2004) Dr. Brenner discovered nicotinamide riboside (NR) to be a vital precursor of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). Dr Brenner explains the significance of NAD and why he believes supplementation with NR could help us “age better.” He also elaborates on why he refuses to describe NR as “miraculous or magic” and we talk about the ‘anti-aging’ claims in the marketing of human longevity.NAD+ is fundamental to the creation of energy in every cell of your body.  NAD+ regulates pivotal cellular processes that are key to looking and feeling our best.In 2007 Dr. Brenner’s lab discovered a second pathway by which NR is converted to NAD+ and showed that NR can extend the lifespan of yeast cells. Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is converted by the body into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) which is an essential molecule found in every living cell and plays a significant role in energy production, regulation of the circadian rhythm and cognitive function. It’s received a lot of attention since its discovery (and Dr Brenner was responsible for the NAD+ pathway discovery)  with many claims to how it helps improve overall health and longevity. Dr. Charles Brenner is one of the world’s leading authorities on the biochemistry behind NR and its potential to extend life in some organisms. Dr. Brenner was the Roy J. Carver Chair and Head of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa and founding co-director of the University of Iowa Obesity Initiative. He is also chief scientific adviser to Chromadex, a California-based company behind the NR supplement, Tru Niagen. Now, Charles Brenner is the Alfred E Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism at the City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and national leader in advancing research and treatment protocols. His laboratory focuses on disturbances in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), the central catalyst of metabolism, in diseases and conditions of metabolic stress.  He continues to research how the NAD system is dysregulated as a function of postpartum, coronavirus infection, inflammatory conditions, diabesity and specific malignancies with the dual goals of defining mechanisms of biological regulation and developing safe preventative and therapeutic interventions for people.Dr Charles: https://www.cityofhope.org/charles-brenner-labContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwilliden
Jan 25 2022
1 hr 8 mins
Reaching your potential with Olympian, Sarah Cowley Ross
Sarah Cowley Ross is a NZ Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative in the heptathlon and high jump, a sports commentator and LockerRoom columnist in addition to being a marriage celebrant and amazing mum to Poppy and Max.The versatility Sarah Cowley Ross displayed during her international athletics career has stood her in good stead for her life after sport. Sarah is a sought after and an experienced MC and Keynote speaker. She is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee athlete commission, community education ambassador and works within the Olympic movement in the Oceania region.A staunch proponent of women in sport, particularly in leadership and governance roles, Sarah is an alumni of the NZOC’s Women in Sport Leadership Academy (WISLA). Sarah’s athletics career spanned 15 years during which she became the New Zealand high jump and hepthalon champion, and attended numerous world championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. We talk about Sarah’s experiences growing up as an athlete in Rotorua and how her passion for the ultimate experience as an athlete led her to heptathlon and to represent NZ in the commonwealth and Olympic Games.We also talk about her transition from athlete to mum and women’s advocate for sport and how she navigated this new chapter in her life.Sarah can be found over at Lockerroom, where she regularly writes about sport, interviews athletes and shares her experiences, and over on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahcowleyross/?hl=en aqContact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwilliden
Jan 18 2022
1 hr 3 mins
Keto v carbs with Matt Carpenter
Matt's research explores both the physiological and qualitative aspects of a low carb/keto approach through a series of interviews in addition to his laboratory studies. We talk about how the research findings compare to the real-world experience and what we can take away from it. Matt is super enthusiastic and a wealth of information. Click here for the link to previous podcasts.Matt enrolled at Kingston University in 2014 to complete a BSc in Sport Science, achieving first class honours. Following this he completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise (performance), also at Kingston University, achieving a distinction. During his masters degree, he completed a research project entitled 'Acute Carbohydrate Supplementation Improves Ultra-Endurance Performance in a Keto-adapted Individual.'He began his PhD at Kingston University in 2018, in order to further investigate the role of ketogenic and low carbohydrate dietary interventions on health and exercise performance, in addition to addressing the role of acute supplementation in ketogenic athletes, and the impact this has on substrate metabolism and exercise performance.Matt can be found at: https://www.kingston.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/research-degree-students/profile/matthew-carpenter-251/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattCarpenter14 Contact Mikki:https://mikkiwilliden.com/https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwillidennutritionhttps://www.instagram.com/mikkiwilliden/https://linktr.ee/mikkiwillidenSign up to Mondays MatterMikkiwilliden.com/mondays-matter-2022 (all prices in US dollars)
Jan 11 2022
1 hr 19 mins