Natural Health SimplifiedTake charge of your health and wellbeing with Natural Health Simplified.  

Listen in as author Lesley Braun and her team at Blackmores Institute provide simple science-based strategies to help you live a healthier life.   

With snack-sized segments that are easy to listen to on-the-go, the podcasts offer practical tips and advice for anyone wanting to take more control of their health and wellbeing. 

*Disclaimer: Information provided on this website and podcasts are for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.


Natural Health Simplified


Welcome to our new podcast, Natural Health Simplified.


Immune Essentials: Superstar nutrients

Can nutrients promote immune system function? We’ve all heard about vitamin C, but what about the evidence for other nutrients like vitamin D, zinc and selenium?


Immune Essentials: Do I need a supplement?

Diet is an important way to support immune system function. But is a good diet always enough? We discuss when lifestyle or life stage may call for a nutritional upgrade.


Immune Essentials: Can herbs help?

Herbal remedies have been used medicinally for generations in many cultures around the world. But where’s the evidence? We explore echinacea, astragalus, pelargonium and even a kitchen favourite, garlic.


Immune Essentials: Eat yourself healthy

“Food as medicine” is an appealing idea, but how do we do it? We discuss some simple science-based tips to add some immune-boosting foods to our diet.


Immune Essentials: Got a cold? Let’s sort fact from fiction

Let’s be honest, there’s no fun in catching a cold and no shortage of theories in how to deal with them. Join us as we sort fact from fiction.


Kids vs the common cold - 4 super nutrients

Did you know that some kids can get up to ten colds a year? We look at zinc, iron and vitamins C and D, and how good nutrition can help ...


Kids vs the common cold - 4 immune helpers

We all want to help our kids do better against the common cold, but how can we tip the scales in their favour? In this episode, we take a look ...


Fighting a cold? Natural tips to soothe calm and clear

Got a cold? Fear not! There are plenty of options for natural relief to help you feel better and get better. Listen in for practical tips to calm a cough, ...

Stress less with 5 natural ingredients

Stress less with 5 natural ingredients

Stress can cause problems if we don’t rest and recover. In this episode we discuss proven tips and tricks to help you stress less including St John’s wort, Siberian ginseng, ...

Burnout 3 ingredients to support

Burnout: 3 ingredients to support

Exhausted, overwhelmed, and finding it difficult to perform at your best? You may be experiencing burnout. We discuss what to watch out for, and three well-researched natural medicines to help ...

Getting a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep and wellbeing go hand in hand, however, many of us have struggled with either getting to sleep or staying asleep at times. We review glycine, valerian, lemon balm and ...

The ABCs of probiotics

The ABC's of probiotics

Probiotics have grown in popularity over recent years, but what they are? How do you take them? And how do they work? We answer these questions and more while discussing ...

The science behind probiotics

The science behind probiotics

Join us as we look at a range of health conditions and the science-backed strains of probiotics best suited to treat them.

Need more energy

Putting more energy in your day

Have you considered how managing your energy levels can support your wellbeing? Join us as we discuss some energy-boosting strategies you can add to your day.

The ABCs of Omega-3s

The ABCs of Omega-3s

Omega-3s might be swimming in health benefits, but dose and format play a critical role. We discuss why we need them and why it’s about more than just fish oil.

Six science-backed omega-3 benefits

Six science-backed omega-3 benefits

Omega-3s are one of the most widely studied nutrients. Join us as we discuss the science-backed omega-3 benefits for pregnancy, infant development, arthritis, brain, eye and heart health.


The 4 foundations for healthy bones

Our bones are made up of living tissue and require good nutrition and care to thrive. In this episode, we discuss four strategies to support bone health.

5 go-to ingredients to tackle mild aches and pains

Five go to ingredients to tackle mild aches and pains

Don’t simply put a little muscle stiffness or mild joint pain down to getting older. We look at five science backed ingredients to help reduce those niggles.

Creative home exercise hacks to stay motivated

Creative home exercise hacks to stay motivated

The only workout you regret, is the one you didn’t do. How can we stay motivated and make the most out of home workouts?

Preconception for him and her

Preconception for him and her

With research suggesting that a large proportion of Australian women don’t plan their pregnancies, we discuss the importance of healthy preconception and the necessary steps to support wellbeing during pregnancy.

Now you're pregnant

Now you're pregnant

There is a wealth of research behind the safe use of nutritional supplements throughout pregnancy. In this episode, we look at the nutrients that warrant consideration and how they can ...

Supporting healthy breastfeeding

Supporting healthy breastfeeding

Breastmilk is often the primary source of nutrition for the newborn baby, so having a good, nutritious supply is vital to support the growing baby. Join us as we explore ...

The ABC's of longevity

The ABC's of longevity

Over the years, various factors have been shown to impact longevity positively. In this episode, we look at some of these factors, from both well-established studies and exciting new research ...

Building better brains

Building better brains

As well as supporting energy production, B vitamins also support the health of the nervous system. In this episode we look at some of the latest research into the B ...

Star Nutrient - Vitamin D: More than bone health

Star Nutrient - Vitamin D: More than bone health

Often referred to as 'the sunshine vitamin', vitamin D supports healthy bones. In this episode we take a closer look at some exciting new research into other potential roles for ...

Star Nutrient – Think Zinc

Star Nutrient - Think Zinc

Zinc has a wide range of actions in the body. In this episode we look at some new research and ask if its time for you to 'think zinc'?