Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders.
Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true.
Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action.
Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.
Connect with Andrea to learn and laugh on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @andreahardyrd or at www.andreahardyrd.com, or at her private practice www.ignitenutrition.ca
Patient Experience of Disorders of Gut Brain Interaction with Johannah Ruddy, MEd & Dr. Doug Drossman
Two previous guest of our Let’s Gut Real Podcast, Dr. Drossman and Johannah Ruddy, join us again today to talk about their newly released book. Gut Feelings: The Patient's Story Personal Accounts of the Illness Journey A Guide for Patients and Doctors Gut Feelings: A Patient’s Story. Now available on Amazon.
Dr. Drossman received his M.D. degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and subspecialized in biopsychosocial medicine and Gastroenterology. He received his gastroenterology training at the University of North Carolina where he founded the UNC for Functional GI and Motility Disorders. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry in Gastroenterology at UNC. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology, Past-President of the American Psychosomatic Society (1997) and Founder and President of the Rome Foundation for 29 years. In addition, he founded the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care as an entity to help train physicians in relationship-centered biopsychosocial care with an emphasis on communication skills and enhancing the patient-doctor relationship.
Dr. Drossman is joined today by co-author Johannah Ruddy who is a national expert, researcher, and writer on teaching communications skills to patients and providers. Johannah currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rome Foundation. She has 22 years of executive leadership experience working with a variety of non-profit organizations nationwide and a strong background in writing for patients as well as a speaker at GI practices, medical centers, and conferences in the area of provider communication and patient advocacy. She holds a Bachelor of science degree from the University of New Mexico in Political Science, a Masters of Education from New Mexico Highlands University and is a doctoral student at Campbell University. She lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with her husband of 21 years and their two sons.
Dr. Drossman, Johannah Ruddy and I talk about:
- Dr. Drossman’s and Mrs. Ruddy’s backgrounds and how they came to work together
- Disorders of gut brain interaction
- Typical patient experiences with these diagnoses and the reasons why they hold so much stigma
- Each of their biggest learnings as practitioner and patient in doing these interviews
- Common mistakes/pitfalls practitioners experience in working with patients and how this may be a disservice to our patients
- The key things clinicians can take away from this book, with a focus on patient centred care.
- How patients advocate for themselves to feel heard in their journey
You can find their new book: Gut Feelings: The Patient's Story Personal Accounts of the Illness Journey A Guide for Patients and Doctors Gut Feelings: A Patient’s Story
which is also available on Amazon: https://romedross.video/patient-story
You can find their previous book: Gut Feelings- Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions, A Guide for Patients and Doctors which is available on Amazon: https://romedross.video/GutFeelingsWebsite
Check out the video version of the audio recording excerpt featured in this presentation: https://romedross.video/LesleyGutFeelings4X
Connect with Johannah on Instagram @johannahruddy on Twitter @JohannahRuddy or on LinkedIn.
Learn more about the Theromefoundation.org or here: https://romeonline.org
Is IBS a Mental Health Disorder? with Heidi Staudacher, RD
Did you know that it is more common to have anxiety and depressive symptoms if you have IBS compared to if you don’t have IBS?
This week I interview dietitian Heidi Staudacher to discuss how patients can often end up in a vicious cycle where they have gastrointestinal symptoms that lead to mental health problems and then that further leads to more gut symptoms.
Heidi Staudacher is an accredited practising dietitian and has had extensive experience in the clinical management of people with clinically functional gastrointestinal disorders. Heidi completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2016 in which she investigated the use of the low FODMAP diet in irritable bowel syndrome and its impact on symptoms, the microbiota and diet quality. Her research interests include understanding the effect of different dietary components on gut microbiota, and therapeutic diets for gut disorders and their influence on gut microbial composition. She is passionate about conducting high quality research in the field of diet and gut health.
We talk about:
How Staudacher became interested in the area of functional gut disorders and mental health The prevalence of mental health disorders in IBS How IBS impacts mental health Whether or not developing IBS predisposes individuals to developing mental health issues How it is the chicken or the egg when it comes to mental health and IBS How so many patients have heard the phrase ‘it’s all in your head’ and how the onus is placed on patients to ‘fix’ their IBS and how distressing that can be How patients have often felt like it’s their own fault through challenges with their mental health that they have IBS How nutrition influences mental health in IBS Some interventions for IBS that have been shown to improve mental health Whether or not changing the gut microbiota might influence mental health and IBS. The role of probiotic, prebiotics, and dietary changes in order to change the gut microbiota The influence of diet on mental health in IBS. Including the impact of disordered eating and eating disorders The big take aways clinicians need to know regarding the intersection of mental health in functional gut disorders Connect with Staudacher on Twitter or on her website at foodandmoodcentre.com.au as well!
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and IBD Nutrition with Brittany Roman-Green, RD
Although the etiology of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is poorly understood it is a progressive disease characterized by inflammation of the bile ducts.
This week I interview RD Brittany Roman-Green and we discuss primary sclerosing cholangitis, its relationship to ulcerative colitis and what the current research says about it.
Brittany Roman-Green is the founder of Romanwell and is an IBD focused registered dietitian nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and behavior change specialist. Brittany's the national coleader of the diet and nutrition national scientific advisory committee for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the national leader of the registered dietitians in IBD practice group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brittany has lived with ulcerative colitis for over 20 years and also has IBS and PSC.
We talk about:
What is primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) What are the symptoms of PSC? Why do people with IBD develop PSC? Does nutrition influence PSC management? Nutrition management of IBD, including a discussion about inflammatory foods The use of restrictive diets and their potential side effects The 2020 International Organization for the study of IBD guidelines Connect with Roman-Green on her website at romanwell.com on Instagram @weareromanwell or on her Facebook here as well! You can also checkout their IBD starter kit that's full of tips for advocating for oneself when you have IBD.
Do Digestive Enzymes Help IBS? with Anjie Liu and David Hachuel
Enzymes are important for any living organism and play a huge part in the day-to-day operations of the human body. Enzymes provide a number of very vital processes – not only for digestion but for the nervous system, muscles, and many other important bodily functions.
This week I interview Anjie Liu and David Hachuel creators of FODZYME® to discuss how digestive enzymes can specifically help with IBS symptoms.
Co-founded by Anjie Liu and David Hachuel, MPH, Kiwi Biosciences is a human-centered biotech company developing elegant scientific solutions for extraordinary gut relief.
FODZYME® was developed with a group of world-class experts in enzymology, biotechnology, medicine, and nutrition, FODZYME® was released to the world in Spring 2021.
On a mission to make more foods painless, the team is working on a novel polyol-targeting enzyme to address the polyol group of the FODMAP family in development. The new solution will be transforming polyols like sorbitol and mannitol into sorbose and mannose that are more readily absorbed in the gut.
We talk about:
What enzymes are, and how they work in the body Why certain enzymes are beneficial in IBS Why FODMAPs cause symptoms What enzymes are found in FODZYME® (including information about alpha galactosidase, lactase, and inulinase) and what their research has found How FODZYME® and its unique delivery system works to improve patient symptoms How the production of fructose occurs with inulinase, and when this may or may not be problematic Glucose isomerase - is it beneficial to fructose malabsorption? Why or why not Next steps in novel enzyme development Connect with FODZYME® on their website at fodzyme.com on Instagram @fodzyme or on Twitter or on their Facebook here as well!
How do Eating Disorders Impact Digestive Symptoms? with Jessica Begg, RD
Diet culture has a profound impact on our beliefs about nutrition and health. It can impact our behaviours and may lead to disordered eating which can have far reaching impacts on our bodies ability to digest food and further lead to uncomfortable digestive symptoms.
This week I interview Jessica Begg, RD on how emotional eating and binge eating influences our digestive symptoms.
Jessica Begg is both a Registered Dietitian as well as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Jessica’s double qualifications make her uniquely suited to helping clients address the psychological issues that underpin their challenges with eating. She has been working in the area of disordered eating and within eating disorders treatment programs since 2006. Jessica works from a trauma-informed, emotion-focused, weight-inclusive and weight-neutral, anti-diet or non-diet approach. Jessica’s approach allows her clients to live their lives to the full by unshackling their beliefs about diet culture.
She is currently living in Vancouver where she practices clinical nutrition counselling.
We talk about:
How Jessica became involved in working with patients with eating disorders The prevalence of digestive symptoms in eating disorders and what symptoms people usually complain of Why manipulating the diet, being the knee jerk approach that registered dietitians MIGHT use, may not be appropriate (Especially registered dietitians without eating disorder experience) The importance of screening for eating disorder behaviours How emotional and binge eating influences digestive symptoms Important things to consider/do to reduce emotional and binge eating How restrictive diets for digestive disorders might trigger binge eating /emotional eating, and the problems with that Connect with Jessica on her website at shiftnutrition.com or on Instagram or on her Facebook or on Twitter here as well!
How Does Diet Impact the Gut Microbiome? with The Alpro Foundationv
With diets like keto and carnivore gaining traction, I've had many people ask - what impact do plants specifically have on our microbiome and human health?
Today I interview Dr. Veronique Braesco, Dr. Petra Louis, and Dr. Ian Rowland, researchers that have contributed to the latest scientific update summarizing the impact of plant-based diets on the gut microbiome and published through the Alpro Foundation.
The Alpro Foundation has been a scientific platform for over 25 years dedicated to supporting research and the dissemination of evidence-based knowledge on plant-based nutrition and its impact on health and environment amongst academics, healthcare professionals and key stakeholders in nutrition. The ultimate aim is to help drive the transition to more healthful plant-based diets for human and planetary health.
Underpinning Alpro Foundation’s scientific integrity is an independent Scientific Advisory Board of 8 leading academic experts who provide direction and advice and ensure the scientific credibility of the education tools. Professor Ian Rowland is the chair of this Scientific Advisory Board.
Professor Ian Rowland is editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Nutrition. Until his recent retirement, he was the Hugh Sinclair Professor of Human Nutrition at University of Reading. He holds a BSc and PhD in microbiology from University College London. Prof. Rowland’s main research area is the role of diet (in particular probiotics, prebiotics, phytoestrogens, and phytochemicals) in the prevention of colon, breast and prostate cancer. In his current research, he is investigating the role of fruit and vegetable intake on markers of cancer risk. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Gent in Belgium for his work on nutrition and cancer. Professor Rowland has published over 300 papers.
Petra Louis is a molecular microbiologist with an interest in the human gut microbiome, diet and health. She obtained her Diploma in Biology and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Bonn, Germany, where she conducted research on osmoadaptation in halophilic bacteria.
Véronique Braesco holds a PhD in human nutrition. Her academic carrier in Public Research at INRA, as senior scientist, has been focused on vitamins. She then headed the Nutrition Research Department of the Danone Group. In this position, she managed the design and implementation of scientific strategies, in particular in the field of probiotics. She was later responsible for the Human Nutrition Research Centre in Auvergne, dedicated to studying the role of diet in healthy aging. She is now at the head of VAB-nutrition, a consulting firm specialized in human nutrition that she created in 2007.
We talk about:
What characteristics are associated with better health by way of the gut microbiome Beneficial and deleterious dietary components and their influence on gut microbiome Fibre from supplements versus food - is one ‘better’ for the gut microbiome? The role of the food matrix, the various chemical compounds found in food like polyphenols, and the role variety of fibres plays in the gut microbiome composition Polyphenols - where are they found, and what are potential ways in which they influence our health by way of the gut microbiome What are SCFA’s, what their role is in our health, and what influences the production of SCFAs in the gut Microbial metabolites from protein - when do we digest protein, how this occurs, how does it influence health? How fibre impacts microbial metabolite production in our bodies Dietary recommendations we can ultimately take away from the current evidence
The most recent Scientific update with the Alpro Foundation is about the 'Interaction of Plant-based diets and gut microbiota'
Andrea, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of nutrition and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Andrea, host of the Let's Gut Real podcast, highlights all aspects of nutrition, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
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Andrea is the best!! The show really lives up to it's name - even the most complex topics are broken down into easily understood, actionable tips that you can directly apply to your own diet and lifestyle. Super grateful for such an amazing resource!