The Gut Bone's Connected to the Brain Bone...
In this interview with functional medicine expert Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, we talk about the rarely acknowledged gut-brain connection. With modern research, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how digestion and the gut micro-biome effects the brain, and common symptoms of mood disorder, and poor concentration.
You don't always connect that your:
...are coming from the foods you eat or the damage that has been done to your gut. When we get into habits of eating on the run, eating processed foods, eating gluten, etc, we may not notice a direct correlation between the meal and the brain symptom. But in fact the internal inflammatory response could be increasing every time you eat.
Dr. Ritamarie is like a walking encyclopedia of health knowledge, and she is very generous about sharing it. Here are some things we cover in the interview:
1. How are the gut and brain connected?
2. How do we make neurotransmitters and what do they do?
3. What can go wrong in the gut that leaves us not digesting and absorbing nutrients?
4. How do we come to have parasites and candida in the gut, and what damage do they do?
5. What are some of the worst habits/things we do to our guts?
6. What are a few reparative things we can start doing right away?
Dr. Ritamarie shared some helpful links both to help educate practitioners on this important relationship, and to give everyone more tools to nourish their own gut-brain axis.
Dr. Ritamarie is offering a live training program in Austin, Texas this Oct 30- Nov.1, 2015. This will included high-level lectures on gut health and the brain from a variety of top experts. Learn more here.
Does what you eat matter for your mental health? According to Dr. Ann Childers, MD, it sure does.
Dr. Childers is a child and adult trained psychiatric physician with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep.
Dr. Childers was 'trying to eat right' when the low-fat craze was going on in the U.S. Despite her best efforts, she was getting increasingly dizzy and anxious, and had become pre-diabetic.
Since then she's adopted a ketogenic (high-fat, low-carb, moderate protein) diet, with great results for her own health. She also works with her pyschiatric clients to establish this diet, along with healthy sleep habits, for improved mental health.
We talk about her nutritional experiences, plus the new dietary guidelines for Amercians, in this episode. Dr. Childers is thrilled that the new guidelines, based on scientific evidence, are letting fats back into our diets, while limiting sugars.
Learn more about Dr. Childers, who blogs regularly and has a private practice in Lake Oswego, OR, here.
Learn more about yor host, Bridgit Danner, and pick up her free hormone guide, here.
Hormones are such a mystery! One month your cycle is behaving, the next month it's not. Why I love lab testing for hormones is that it reveals the cold, hard facts, and from there you can take the best action to get great results.
Our expert today is Ann Melin, who is a Clinical Nutritionist, a Clinical Master Herbalist, a yoga teacher, and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner.
I invited her over to talk to us about DUTCH, or the Dried Urine Test of Comprehensive Hormones.
Here are some things we cover:
Ann also shares two really interesting case studies that help you see how the symptoms, tests and protocols come together.
Listen to my interview with Ann through the player below, and be sure to also get subscribed to our weekly interviews at iTunes or most podcast players.