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Let's Gut Real - Easy to Digest Nutrition Science

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.

Feb 25, 2020

Kristina Campbell, a science and medical writer from Victoria, Canada, is co-author of Gut Microbiota: Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health, and author of The Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook. She covers the field of microbiome science and gut health, aiming to cut through the hype. Her work has appeared in online and print media throughout Europe and North America, and she currently holds the position of contributing editor at Microbiome Times.

Kristina and I discuss:

  • The difference between gut microbiome and gut microbiota
  • What do you think is the single most important thing people can do to take care of the gut microbiota?
  • How does nutrition impact the gut microbiota?
  • Kristina’s cookbook
  • Clues as to what fibre does in the gut microbiota and how to feed them
  • What are the things the media gets wrong about the gut microbiota?
  • Why the term ‘healthy gut microbiota’ needs to be used with caution
  • What can people look forward to in terms of science trends around the gut microbiota in 2020?
  • Drug development aspects of probiotics
  • Next-generation probiotics – probiotics harvested from the human gut that are used as a regulated prescription drug
  • Live bugs as medicines – how this will change the prescription drug landscape & nutrition landscape
  • Diet + drug (probiotic) combinations to treat health conditions
  • What should people be cautious of in the gut microbiota space (fecal microbiota transplant, gut microbiota testing)
  • How to keep up-to-date on gut microbiota interventions

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