Episodes
Digestive symptoms in eating disorders is common. Does one influence the other? This week I interview Rachael to discuss how restricted eating influences gut motility, and can worsen digestive symptoms – and how that can create a vicious cycle in disordered eating!
Published 07/13/21
Now more than ever, mental health and behavioral health are important. Working with a GI psychologist is typically short-term, but significantly helpful in improving your quality of life, coping with stress and decreasing the severity of your GI condition. Today, I interview Dr. Megan Riehl who is a GI psychologist who specializes in psychogastroenterology and anxiety related-disorders.
Published 06/08/21
IBS doesn't just effect the child, but the whole family. Diet is one tool to help manage this condition in kids, and many times we see the Low FODMAP diet as a first line approach. But should we be using the Low FODMAP diet in kids? Julia Celestini, RD and I discuss how and when to properly use the Low FODMAP diet in paediatrics.
Published 05/11/21
Probiotics, sugar, fermented foods, candida - what do we need to think about when it comes to our gut microbiome? Dr Megan Rossi debunks the most common digestive myths she hears!
Published 04/13/21
Did you know, the way we've framed bodily issues as separate from our mind has shaped (and stigmatized) how we treat patients? Dr. Drossman shares his immense expertise on neurogastroenterology and disorders of the gut brain interaction (DGBI)
Published 03/09/21
We’re often sold an idea that the solutions to our health problems have to be complex and cutting edge - often misinterpreting the science on the gut microbiome. How does this fit in patient care?
Published 02/09/21
What are some conditions that look a lot like irritable bowel syndrome but actually aren't? Kate explores conditions that can masquerade as IBS and often lead to prolonged digestive symptoms - and the importance of understanding IBS is a real diagnosis as well!
Published 01/12/21
Food made in a lab using microbes? It's happening now! New tech can be scary and none of us are immune to being mislead or adopting a belief based on misinformation.  In this episode Chana Davis, PhD and I discuss new and exciting food technology using microbes, and how improving scientific literacy can help to shape the conversation around food technology!
Published 12/01/20
Your microbiome plays an important role in your immune system and nervous system development, and can help or hinder our health long term. Can we use gut microbiota testing to tell us about our health and disease states? And where is the research going? I interview Colin Hill, Ph.D to answer these important questions and tell us what our microbiomes say about us!
Published 11/17/20
Bile acid diarrhea is a common cause of diarrhea in patients with IBS and IBD. Currently, our diagnostic tools are unaccessible and often, therapeutic trials with bile acid sequestrants are used in the diagnosis. Dr Robert Battat shares his research with a new diagnostic marker, C4, in the diagnosis and management of B.A.D., leading to more targeted care for patients.
Published 11/03/20
EDS is a rare connective tissue disorder that can drive many digestive symptoms. Hannah discusses her journey with digestive dysfunction, how it lead to developing an eating disorder as a way to control her symptoms, finally being diagnosed with EDS, and how she came to practice in cognitive hypnotherapy through her own personal journey when she had exhausted all medical management options. 
Published 10/20/20
Did you know? Your skin has its own microbiome that influences this important organs overall health and has been connected with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. While less populous than the gut, the skin microbiota plays an important role in our health. This week we talk about what we currently know about the skin microbiome, the gut-skin axis, and future research with microbiologist Elie Knaizeh.
Published 10/06/20
Resistant starch is something we get a lot less of in the diet, but plays an important role as a prebiotic, as well as exerting benefits to our health by way of the gut microbiota. This week I interview Solnul's Jason Leibert and Dr. Jason Bush on their research around resistant starch.
Published 09/22/20
The gut barrier plays a key role in our immune system and chronic inflammation. Desiree Nielsen, RD and I discuss how important nutrition and lifestyle factors influence our gut barrier and immune system function, and how restrictive diets can be harmful to our health!
Published 09/15/20
Today I have Kara Siedman here to chat with us about sucrase isomaltase deficiency (CSID) and discuss overlap with IBS presentation. Once thought of as extremely rare and only diagnosed in paediatrics, CSID is being found to be more prevalent than we once thought. With symptoms overlapping with IBS, learn how the conditions are similar, and how to move through helping patients find the right diagnosis.
Published 09/01/20
Today I interview Dr. Kelly Peterson on the role pelvic floor, abdominal muscles, and diaphragm play in digestion and digestive comfort - an often under recognized contributor to digestive symptoms & bloating!
Published 08/18/20
Today I interview Dr. Kumkum Sarkar Patel on gut motility in functional gut disorders, what normal motility is, and how and why this changes in pregnancy.
Published 08/04/20
Joanna and I talk about how food chemical sensitivity often presents like IBS but is unresolved with typical IBS interventions. In addition, these patients also have extra-intestinal symptoms. We discuss salicylates, glutamates, and amines as well as other sources of food chemicals, and gaps in the current literature around food chemical sensitivity.
Published 07/21/20
This week I interview Renee Simons, RMT on her massage and visceral manipulation work with patients with digestive disorders. In particular, we highlight a discussion around polyvagal theory, that can be applied to massage practice to enhance patient wellbeing and symptoms, especially in functional gut disorders.
Published 07/07/20
Are all fermented foods probiotics? Learn the important difference, and how to include them in your diet! In this episode of Let's Gut Real, I interview Dr. Bob Hutkins and Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders on the important difference between fermented foods and probiotics, and how we can use and recommend these sources of microbes!
Published 06/23/20
I interview Dr Suzanne Devkota on her research on the gut microbiota and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and colitis) and the role our diet plays in fostering a healthy microbiome, and possibly reducing the incidence of IBD. We also discuss how microbial changes have been implicated in the pathogenesis of IBD, including the theories around microbial extinction.
Published 06/16/20
Dr Armin Alaedini and I discuss non celiac wheat sensitivity, its symptoms, how the immune system is involved, current progress in developing diagnostic tools, the role the gut microbiome might play, and practical recommendations for clinicians who suspect non-celiac wheat sensitivity in their patients.
Published 06/02/20
Which diet is best for your gut microbiota? Andrea reviews the literature and ranks the paleo, keto, vegan and Mediterranean diets for gut health! Tune in to learn which diet may take best care of your gut!
Published 05/19/20
How does self compassion play a role in healing from digestive disorders and living your best life? Justine Dowd, PhD talks about * How to connect the mind & body through mindfulness * How 'making friends' with your digestive health problem can change the outlook of your disease and aide in getting better * Self-compassion to help with management of digestive struggles - how to practice it and what her research found.
Published 05/05/20
Dr. Parnell & I talk about what runner’s diarrhea is, how runner’s gut influences motility of the gut, how to 'train' your gut, and how the gut microbiota may play a role in the symptoms runners experience!
Published 04/28/20