Badass, Naturopathic Doctor, health optimizer — my guest today is all of those things. Dr. Elena Zinkov works with entrepreneurs, high-achievers, and top performers to help them optimize their health and live their best lives. Really, what she wants for both herself and her clients is to get the most out of life — both personally and professionally! 

For our high performers in the crowd, we’re going to totally shake things up in today’s episode! So much of this interview today was about the tips, tricks, mindset pieces, and intentions that you need to have in place so that you’re not only living the life you want, but you’re doing it from a place where your health has your back. The tools and tips Dr. Elena Zinkov provides will help you maximize your capacity for growth and recovery. And I guarantee you, if you start to implement them on a regular basis, you’re going to have an opportunity to live a life full of joy — and isn’t that the ultimate hack we’re all looking to achieve? 

Key Takeaways: 

[1:05] About today’s episode. 

[2:29] Welcoming Dr. Elena Zinkov to the podcast! 

[2:48] Dr. Elena Zinkov introduces herself and provides some background on what it is that she currently does. 

[4:12] Elena shares her journey as a competitive athlete and how that led to her becoming a naturopathic doctor. 

[7:57] How did Elena get her family on board with this idea of naturopathic medicine? 

[11:00] Elena explains how she leverages testing in her office to really get a sense of how well her patients are optimizing their health. 

[14:14] Elena elaborates on what she is looking for when she is conducting a gut analysis on her patients. 

[16:35] What kinds of patterns does Elena see consistently in high-achievers who are struggling health-wise (which are leading them to poor health outcomes)? 

[20:58] Elena highlights the patterns she sees in high-achievers with good health habits and outcomes. 

[24:10] The truth about health: how we can achieve truly optimal health without burning ourselves out! 

[28:47] You can find joy anytime, anywhere — and it doesn’t cost anything! 

[29:54] Elena shares a personal experience from when her business was going through growing pains and the lessons she learned from it. 

[35:06] Elena’s tips and tricks for keeping her health and life on track when things are getting just a little bit crazy! 

[40:55] Elena’s key-performance indicators. 

[46:54] Where to learn more about what Elena is up to. 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

Dr. Elena Zinkov 

Proactive Health 

The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav 

More About Dr. Elena Zinkov 

Dr. Elena was introduced to sports medicine and nutrition and how it affects performance from her background as a competitive athlete. From there, she grew passionate about finding the most innovative and evidence-based techniques for pain management. Now, Dr. Elena is best known for helping busy men and women regain their vibrant lifestyle after years of doctors’ appointments and testing with no results. Through her signature program, she helps clients reach their full potential through optimal health. 

Dr. Elena believes that as doctors, we do more than look at lab tests and numbers, we become a coach and ambassador for our patients. 

Connect with my Guest: 


Social Media: IG: @drelenazinkov & FB: @proactivehealthnd 

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Elena and I would love to hear from you! Let us know if you follow any of the negative patterns Elena highlighted in today’s episode. If you do, how are you going to commit to changing that? And do you already follow any of the health habits that lead to success? If you don’t already, make another commitment to add one of these into your life too! And be sure to follow-up with us on The Entrepology Podcast Facebook page — because when you’re accountable, you’re helpable! 


“I knew that if I wanted to be a top performer in any aspect of my life, I had to be healthy, first and foremost.” — Dr. Elena Zinkov 

“Naturopathic and medical doctors understand that it’s not one or the other and that we really need to have this integrated approach in medicine because we all have a different purpose that we’re serving in our patients’ care.” — Dr. Elena Zinkov 

“With exercise, more does not necessarily equal better.” — Dr. Elena Zinkov 

“You have to make time to recover. …Your neurons shrink during recovery to accommodate lymph flow to get rid of all the junk in the brain. So if you’re not taking the time to rest and recover, you’re not getting stronger or smarter.” — Dr. Elena Zinkov 

“Health does not have to be so time-consuming. It’s really the consistency in what you do during the day — those little things you do 10-15 minutes — those minor changes that can lead to really big results.” — Dr. Elena Zinkov 

“What in heck is the point of doing anything if you’re unhappy?” — Dr. Elena Zinkov