On my IG Live last Thursday, my friend and host of the Microbiome Report podcast Andrea Wein joined me to talk gut health.
The overall message, which I think is counter to mainstream marketing, is that gut health is found in basic nutrition habits, not probiotic supplements or “Prebiotic foods”.
Learning about gut health and healing my own gut issues changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve been practicing the simple gut health advice we discuss for over a dozen years. And it’s one reason I had a mild case of COVID (I was diagnosed two weeks ago). While privilege and the Great Mystery are part of my mild symptoms, my gut health was also a major factor.
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My top three take-aways from this IG Live:
1. Our gut health focus needs to be on resiliency, not individual food choices. Andrea and I discuss research showing it’s not what we eat but rather, can our guts regenerate from what we eat? She shares how in one study, everyone’s gut was affected by gluten. Yet, many people’s guts were able to repair from eating gluten. And despite elimination diets and probiotics being the en vogue path for gut health, diet variety is the foundation to resilient gut health.
2. Food is one piece of the gut health pie. How we eat and handle stress matter as much, if not more than, what we eat. We discuss the research showing how emotional stress and trauma are linked to poor gut health and non-food, free ways to make our gut health more resilient.
3. “Over-treatment” such as unnecessary antibiotics, hand sanitizer and all the COVID-era spraying of chemicals dramatically affect gut health. Our use of these interventions need more discernment; we discuss other effective choices that support gut health resiliency. If you’re a parent, please pay close attention to our discussion on how doctor’s give antibiotics for children’s ear infections for parents psyches, not our children’s well-being.
This Thursday’s Ask Me Anything IG Live is me going solo at 3 pm EST time.