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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.

Apr 14, 2020

Simone Withecomb is a clinical research coordinator in GI currently working on the IMAGINE study – which is looking at the interactions between the inflammation, microbiome, diet and mental health in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Through her personal struggles with IBS, she became passionate about how she could help patients who are diagnosed with gut disorders.

  • Hear her story about her IBS journey, and how she joined the IMAGINE study (Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation: Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects)
  • How she uses story telling & sharing supports patients with digestive disorders
  • What the IMAGINE study is
  • Why this research is important to discover all the different factors that influence IBS & IBD symptoms and quality of life
  • How patients are getting involved in the IMAGINE study
  • How their study is looking at diet, probiotics & treatment options for IBS & IBD
  • The microbiota-gut-brain axis – the link between depression & the gut microbiota
  • Mental health and the gut microbiota – how fibre plays a role
  • Do you have IBS or IBD and live in Canada? You can participate in the IMAGINE study! Get involved in the IMAGINE study at – – there’s over 20 sites across Canada!