Thanks for dropping in to #HealthHackers
I'm Gemma Evans. I've been a television news journalist, presenter, reporter & producer for Sky News, Channel 5 News and ITV in the UK for over 13 years.
I've been lucky enough to spend most of my career making telly in exciting locations; from the top of volcanoes to underground sewers (really) while meeting fascinating people with compelling stories along the way (see what I mean by watching this short video).
However, I also happen to be a major health geek, so it was only a matter of time before I combined my love of broadcasting with my solid wellness nerdiness, and HealthHackers - my video and podcast series - was born.
As is often the case, there's a backstory to my fascination with optimising health.
I spent much of my late teens and 20s looking for ways to improve my health after dealing with issues that were largely suspected to be linked to my nutrition and lifestyle.
I visited a fair few doctors, consultants, nutritionists, therapists and other practitioners in an attempt to put things right in a number of ways.
I had great success with some methods but not with others.
Over the years, I heavily researched health optimisation, blood sugar regulation, anti-ageing, skincare, hormonal balance, exercise, mental wellbeing and various diets - with some experimenting on myself (although I wouldn't recommended following my tactics).
I read various books, was constantly listening to the latest health and biohacking podcasts, and contacted more and more great thinkers, speakers and authors in the fields of health and lifestyle who were making headlines with their own methods to help people build up their strength and feel well.
That's when I decided I wanted to create a video and podcast series devoted to the insights, knowledge, habits and techniques of pioneering people in health, fitness and mindset.
These are people who are doing things a bit differently, unique or unprecedented in some way.
I've come to find there's never one answer or one explanation that is right for everyone to achieve optimal health. I'm still wading through new ideas everyday. But by getting inside the minds of those inspiring others on the health scene right now, you can at least see and hear different approaches and then make up your own mind.
Have a watch or listen to some of the episodes while you're here and let me know about your own health-hacking; what's worked for you and what hasn't?
Looking forward to hearing from you.