TMHS 251: Hidden Causes Of Digestive Issues & The Bloat Cure – With Dr. Robynne Chutkan

It’s time for a gut check.

Even the smallest digestive problems can be a sign of some bigger issues bubbling up. Although you may not have any noticeable symptoms of digestive distress, and instead have skin issues, struggles with your energy, joint pain, or other health challenges, today you’ll discover how many of those things are connected to the action happening in your belly.

One of the glaring issues we might notice when digestion is a little (or a lot) off is a distended belly. Being bloated is not fun, and it definitely does not make us feel sexier. Today, you’ll learn a plethora of ways to knock bloating out for good. We have the author of the bestselling books The Bloat Cure, Gut Bliss, and The Microbiome Solution, Dr. Robynne Chutkan. She’s a wealth of knowledge on a subject that we all need to be more informed about. Just push play, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why the topic of bloating needs a greater focus by the medical and health community.
  • How I personally struggled with bloating.
  • The surprising way that conventional treatment of acid reflux can damage digestive health.
  • What your body’s microbiome represents.
  • How antibiotic use can lead to significant digestive problems.
  • The action steps you need to take if your doctor ever recommends antibiotics.
  • Why alcohol consumption might be playing a role in your digestive health.
  • How dairy products can lead to bloating.
  • The interesting difference between the male and female digestive systems.
  • How the menstrual cycle can affect digestion and bloating.
  • Why being in an improper pooping position can cause digestive distress and bloating.
  • The role that water plays in proper digestion.
  • Why yeast organisms can be healthy, benign, or problematic.
  • What’s happening with the rates of colitis and Crohn’s disease.
  • How antibiotic use is it linked to autoimmune diseases.
  • How the hygiene hypothesis has influenced healthy human bacteria populations.
  • What molecular mimicry is and how it’s connected to autoimmune disease.
  • How stress can lead to bloating and digestive problems.
  • What essential role your gallbladder plays in digestive health.

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  • Maria
    7 Nov 2017, 8:00 am

    Curious as to why vaccines are never brought up as a potential cause of these gut origin autoimmune diseases? Hello, rampant flu shot season anyone. My guess is intense fear of backlash but until people rise up and put vaccines squarely on the table of potential cause where they belong, how is it supposed to get better for any of us, most of all our kids? Diet plays a huge role but injecting neurotoxins, foreign DNA, and other hardcore chemicals has nothing to do with it? Come on?

  • Brady Madden
    20 Nov 2017, 11:31 am

    What an awesome episode. As someone who has Colitis this information is amazing to hear. I bet you could count on one hand how many medical or Gastro doctors are talking about what is mentioned in this episode. Thank you Shawn for sharing this information.

  • roberto
    15 Jan 2018, 5:10 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    Thank you for this podcast i have listened to it 5times already and learning new things each time. My name is Roberto Genito and i am from Australia

    I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 10yrs ago, i went and had a colonoscopy and 25cm of my colon was affected. Within two weeks of being on the drugs from the Gastroenterologist i was clear and in remission for 10yrs.

    Unfortunatly my colitis has returned, i had a colocoscopy and was put back on the drugs from the Gastroenterologist, but this time the drugs have not worked at all and i have been on them for 4 courses over the last 3months. I went to a naturopath and have even changed my diet to a low salycilate diet and eliminated all (processed foods, alcohol, acid fruit/veg) i have included more fermented foods into my diet Kimchi, Keifer, Sauerkraut but nothing is helping me.

    I am an active guy i workout 4-5times a week eat healthy, get good sleep, drink 3 liters of water a day and am positive

    I am lost for remedies to help me recover and have a normal life, i really do not want my colon removed and i am willing to try anything to recover from this.

    If there is anything you can help me out with or direct me to someone i would appreciate it, i am a huge fan of the model health show your podcasts have helped me out so much. I have also written to Dct Robynne Chutkan.

    Thank you for your time.