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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.

Aug 10, 2021

Stress has a profound impact on our bodies. It impacts our nervous system by way of altering the gut-brain connection. Some people experience stress in the form of hypermotility (as seen with IBS-D) and other people experience it as hypomotility (as seen with IBS-C). Learning to manage our mindset is a helpful tool which can help improve how we cope with IBS and other digestive symptoms.

This week I interview Dr. Parastoo Jangouk on the gut-brain connection and the ways that our mindset perspective influences our intestinal health.

Dr Parastoo Jangouk is dual board certified in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and a life coach. She has particular interest in gut health, brain-gut interaction, gut microbiome, fitness, weight loss and mindset work. Dr Jangouk incorporates her coaching skills in promoting gut health, weight loss and treating patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders. She authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals.

She is currently living in Austin, TX where she practices Gastroenterology.

We talk about:

  • How Dr. Jangouk became interested in the field of gastroenterology
  • The gut-brain connection
  • The role that hormones play in digestion
  • How our gut microbiome interacts with our gut
  • Where the main source of serotonin production is in our bodies
  • What influences our digestive health and how it impacts our gut microbiome
  • The interaction between our gut and our immune system
  • How stress, what we think about food, and our symptoms influence digestive disorders
  • The difference between circumstances and thoughts
  • How to deal with stressful situations
  • How shifting our thoughts influences our symptom perception and builds resiliency 
  • How to shift our mindset perspective and strategies to help resolve unhelpful thoughts

Connect with Parastoo on her website at on Instagram @mindgutfitmd or on Twitter or on her Facebook here as well!