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TMHS 626: The Anti-Viral Gut – with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

TMHS 626: The Anti-Viral Gut – with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Update: 2022-10-173


Your gut is responsible for some of the most integral functions of your body like digestion and nutrient absorption. But did you know your gut also contains some of your body’s most powerful defenses against pathogens? When we gain a better understanding of how our microbiome and immune system work in tandem, we can make empowered choices that protect us from a myriad of infections and diseases. 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, integrative gastroenterologist, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, is back to share cutting-edge science from her new book, The Anti-Viral Gut. You’re going to learn about the important link between gut health and immunity, including the innate defense systems inside your gut that protect you from viral illnesses. Dr. Chutkan is sharing empowering information on how some of the most commonly prescribed medications can destroy your gut, and the role nutrition plays in supporting your microbial health. 

We’re diving into specific details on the function of the gut, and how our microbial health can impact our susceptibility to illnesses like COVID-19. Not only is Dr. Chutkan extremely knowledgeable about strengthening your health and immunity through gut health, but she also shares realistic, sustainable changes you can make, no matter your starting point. I hope you enjoy this empowering conversation with Dr. Robynne Chutkan! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The top three drugs that reduce our resilience against viruses. 
  • How the GI tract and the immune system are connected. 
  • What your gut microbes are and how they function. 
  • How your microbiome population can impact your body’s immune response.
  • The main difference between germ theory and terrain theory. 
  • Why eating plant fiber is critical for microbial health. 
  • An interesting statistic about the microbiome predicting health outcomes. 
  • What we can learn about our health from our stool.
  • How consistent lifestyle changes can impact the health of your microbiome.
  • The connection between obesity and COVID-19 outcomes.
  • Why obesity is a societal issue. 
  • How frequent antibiotic use affects the microbiome.
  • One key question to ask your doctor before taking antibiotics.
  • The connection between taking proton-pump inhibitors and susceptibility to COVID-19. 
  • Why acid reflux occurs, and simple strategies to reduce its symptoms.
  • The shocking statistics on unnecessary prescriptions for acid blockers. 
  • How the vaginal microbiome works to protect against viruses.
  • Why mucus is a key defense system in the body. 
  • The two ways that mucus can destroy pathogens. 
  • How to promote healthy mucus production.
  • The problem with taking a cough suppressant.
  • What percentage of the human genome is viral. 
  • The power of incorporating fermented foods into your diet. 
  • Real, sustainable tips for replacing or reducing medications that harm your gut. 
  • The relationship between nature and the microbiome.
  • Questions to ask your doctor about your medications. 

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TMHS 626: The Anti-Viral Gut – with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

TMHS 626: The Anti-Viral Gut – with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

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