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Podcast with Dr. B

By July 15, 2021No Comments

A podcast about the gut with a gastroenterologist @theguthealthmd. This is such a good one to listen to!

A few thoughts from the podcast:

1️⃣Mental health and gut/brain connection:

In a December 2020 study, they found that specific microbes were enhanced in those suffering with major depression. Those microbes ended up affecting the neurotransmitter (which is effectively a hormone that affects our mood) GABA, which is a valuable anti-anxiety neurotransmitter. 

What foods help with mental health?
Foods that help with anxiety specifically are: fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts.

2️⃣Hormones:
The gut is part of the endocrine system that is involved in estrogen balance within the body. An enzyme produced by the microbes in the gut is called Beta-glucuronidase; this enzyme helps maintain that estrogen balance. When there is excess estrogen in the body, there is the potential for disease to manifest. Excess estrogen related diseases are: endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia and breast, ovarian & endometrial cancers. 

3️⃣Weight:
Calories vary by each individual person and how their gut processes it. Multiple studies show that twins with different gut microbiomes had a major effect on weight. In twins, their human genetics were literally the same but their microbiomes were only 34% similar! The microbiome interacts with metabolism and that affects our blood sugar, blood lipids and weight balance. This is why the weight can vary between some twins.

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