How does your gut affect your overall health and wellbeing? In this episode, I talk about the microbiome, the importance of gut health, and how understanding what’s in your gut could help you understand the cause of some of the things that you might be suffering from, whether it’s mental health or physical health.
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Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- Why our gut health is important
- What we need to know about our gut microbiome
- My Viome test results
- How I try to improve my digestive health
- The foods I eat and the foods I avoid to heal inflammation
- A lot of conditions such as depression, autism, various autoimmune conditions, and even rheumatoid arthritis can all be linked back to the health of our gut, specifically the microbiome.
- The bacterial strains or the wrong amount of bacteria or an over-prevalence of bad bacteria or a lack of diversity could be linked to many different conditions. For instance, there is a certain kind of bacteria that scientists think might protect against cancer.
- We are far more microbial than we are human. The human gut is comprised of 10 times more microbial cells than human cells.
- There are roughly 100 trillion bacterial cells in the human gut and about 4,000 different species. About 1 trillion of those are in the colon, and the total weight of all of these bacterial cells is about 3 pounds.
- The human gut contains most of our immune cells
- Children that are breastfed and children that are born vaginally tend to have more robust immune systems.
- It takes about 90 days for the effects of your diet to manifest in your gut activity and gut health.
- Probiotics introduce new strains of bacteria into the gut. Prebiotics just feed the existing bacteria that are there.
- Get a gut test.
- Pay attention to your gut health.
- Eat a variety of different foods that come in different colors.
- Eat fermented foods.
- Limit your exposure to antibiotics.
- Avoid inflammation.
- Limit your sugar intake.
- Minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake.
- Manage your stress.
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Links to things mentioned in the show:
- Viome Test
- DNA Test
- Dr. Gabor Mate’s Website
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate, M.D.
- Oura Ring – use discount code BODYSHOT for €50 off
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