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Posted by Autumn Smith

The ABC's of a lean gut (and body!) with Dr. Grace Liu

Dr. Grace Liu, also know by her blog name Dr. BG Animal Pharm, is a medical pharmacist with scientific, nutritional, and pharmacological training. She has studied plant biology and nutritional science, has a doctorate in pharmacy, is a certified Crossfit Nutritionist by Robb Wolf, and has a certificate from the Institute for Functional Medicine. She currently spends her time between the Bay Area and China.


Why she left the pharmaceutical industry to study the microbiome
Why the ketogenic diet did NOT work for her
Which foods helped her heal her gut
What the microbiome is
Why there will NEVER be "microbiome" drug
What dysbiosis is and why it matters
Why you may STILL suffer from dysbiosis if you're paleo
Why some paleo adherents don't thrive at first (and how to fix this issue!)
What your poop can tell you about your health
What a fecal transplant is and the disease it can treat
An important test for gauging digestive function (hint: it's not a stool test!)
The cause of MANY digestive issues today
Why certain people can eat wheat without issues
What oxalates are and how they can harm your health
The root cause of oxalates
How I resolved my candida
Why genes are NOT destiny
What the research says about weight loss and gut health
The ABC's of a healthy lean gut
How to eat to get a lean gut
The 3 foods that RUINS your gut health
How many grams of carbs you should eat each day for ideal gut health
Fibers and foods that can improve metabolic health
The problems with resistant starch
How your hydrochloric acid levels affect your blood sugar (this is fascinating!)
What supplements you should take if you get glutenized!
Her "secret weapon" probiotic that helps her keep a flat tummy
HOW you should take your probiotics to make them most effective
Lifestyle changes you can make that help you build a healthy gut!
Why having a pet is good for your gut
And much more!

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Posted by Autumn Smith

Summer Bock is a Fermentationist and founder of Guts & Glory, an online company dedicated to providing clients with the knowledge and actionable skills to heal their digestive issues naturally. Her practice is based on the premise that good health starts in the gut. She is a trained herbalist with a background in microbiology and is certified by Columbia University in Integrative Nutrition.

We met Summer at JJ Virgin's Mindshare event this summer and she was one of my favorites. She is not only incredibly knowledgable but also tons of FUN and I think you're going to love this interview!

Here are just a few of the gems you're in for:
Why fermented foods are the MOST important foods for gut healing
The many benefits of fermented foods
How to choose fermented foods at the store
How to make perfect ferments at home
Summer's favorite probiotics for optimal gut health
The population that should avoid fermented foods
What a "golden doodle" is and why you want one
A simple at-home trick for gauging your digestion
And much more!
Have a listen, add fermented foods to your diet and float through this holiday season with vibrant health!

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Posted by Autumn Smith

Today, Dr. Josh Axe, the guest of our 40th podcast, talks all about our war on bacteria, the importance of healthy bacterial exposure and his new book, appropriately entitled, Eat Dirt.

And in case you're a little skeptical and freaked out by the thought of eating a daily fistful of dirt in the name of health, just know, that is NOT what he's suggesting.

(I'm not even sure I would do that, and I'm game for pretty much anything that could improve health)!

Turns out there are far more sophisticated (and sneaky!) ways to get your daily dose of healthy bacteria without the awful taste and ridicule from your loved ones.

Trust me, it's worth listening to and your immune system will THANK YOU.

Here's what you'll learn:

Why Dr. Axe was inspired to teach people about the healing power of food
Why leaky gut is the most important health issue today
The 6 main factors driving the leaky gut epidemic
The #1 cause of leaky gut today
Why leaky gut may be the cause of your autoimmune condition
Why he believes grains are not ALL evil
Why your gallbladder can help prevent leaky gut
What a "Type A"'personality has to do with a leaky gut
What you must know if you're taking medication
Why local honey helps fight allergies
3 Not-so scary ways you can "eat dirt"
The devastating effects of 10 days of fast food on your microbiome
Foods to eat and eliminate for optimal gut health
Which 2 gut healing supplements Dr. Axe recommends for most people
A gut friendly at-home cleanser you can make in 2 minutes!
And much more!

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Posted by Autumn Smith

Mark is the founder and CEO of McAfee Farms and Organic Pastures Dairy Company. He is pre-med trained, a retired Paramedic and a Health Department medical educator. Mark has lectured on Raw Milk production, food safety, and nutrition at Stanford Medical School, Rutgers University, 30 different states and internationally. He is certified in HACCP management from Chapman University and has developed and implemented award winning Food Safety Plans including Raw Milk Risk Analysis & Management Plans (“RAMP”) and the 1997 Odwalla Apple Juice “Field HACCP”.

As you can see, food safety is one of Mark's specialties which made for a truly enlightening conversation. Here are some of the juicy tidbits you'll walk away with:

-Why Mark became a dairy farmer
-How a raw milk company became the #4 best selling organic brand in America
-Why raw, grass fed milk is VERY different than conventional milk
-How pasteurization creates an allergic product
-What pasteurization kills besides bad bugs
-Whether or not raw, grass fed milk IS safe
-How we know our ancestors consumed milk and cheese
-The profound, research-based benefits of raw grass fed dairy
-And much more

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Posted by Autumn Smith

Dr. Jack Tips, aka the WellnessWiz has dedicated his career to advancing the application of natural health practices and bringing to bear the latest research in his own clinic as well as passing on his vast knowledge to others. As a natural health practitioner, WellnessWiz Tips has touched the lives of thousands of people with his keen insights and foundational belief that he stands in service to the body's innate vitality from which optimal health originates.

Here's what you'll learn:
How to determine if you are suffering from suboptimal gut function
How to optimize the function of your microbiome and bolster your immune system
Why probiotics aren't always enough for optimal gut function
How to choose the perfect probiotic

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Posted by Autumn Smith

Donna Gates is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Young: and the Anti Aging Wisdom for Every Generation. She has been on a mission to change the way that the worlds eats for over 20 years and is a respected authority on digestive health and nutrition. No one is more passionate about the gut than Donna Gates and we are incredibly privileged to speak with her during our 17th podcast episode.

This episode is brimming juicy tidbits so if you have a gut, don't miss it!

Here's what you'll learn:

What inspired Donna to go on a mission to change the way the world eats 
Why she brought the sweetener stevia to America 
Why she was considered a crazy person in the beginning of her career
What are the biggest threats to the health of our guts today 
How the way you were born affects your gut health
Why most babies are born with yeast infections 
Why it pays to be a conscious parent 
What to feed your baby to ignite a preference for healthy foods 
Who should be eating fermented foods 
How to make your own fermented veggies
Any easy way to cure constipation 
Why some mothers feel better than ever after giving birth 
And much more!

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