Want to improve your gut but don’t know where to start? Look no further, Dr. Megan Rossi is here with us today to debunk every gut health myth and share her fad-free advice. Dr. Rossi is the founder of The Gut Health Clinic – A clinic of gut health specialists and registered dietitians in London. She’s sharing the truth on prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics while sharing 4 expert tips to build better gut health. We discuss exactly what she eats in a day, while she debunks every fad diet you’ve ever wanted to try (spoiler alert: you don’t have to cut carbs). If you’re tired of all the information out there on gut health and don’t know what to believe anymore, this episode is for you.
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Molly & Emese ask Dr. Rossi how she got into gut health. Dr. Rossi explains, “my grandmother died of cancer, and I hated gut health because it killed her, but everyone kept coming to me about their guts in 2010.” This made her become fascinated with the gut. While earning her Ph.D. she learned that “nourishing the gut can improve your life, and if we neglect it, it can cause a lot of damage.”
Dr. Rossi explains, “bloating and constipation are so common. 20% of females have IBS. Our gut is linked to every organ in our body. On my website, I have a 10 question assessment that grades your gut health on a scale from 0-20.”
“Probiotics are hugely misunderstood,” explains Rossi. “Each different bacteria has different skills and different roles. Ultimately, uf you are healthy there is no need to take a probiotic capsule. Probiotics are hugely powerful but we have to use them right. The average person can get prebiotics from whole foods.”
Molly asks Dr. Rossi why she’d never cut carbs.
“People who include whole grains have better health outcomes and weight management,” explains Dr. Rossi
“Having whole grains in our diet keeps us fuller longer because they have different fibers that keep us fuller longer. You have to have the whole grains, not refined grains.” She recommends quinoa or buckwheat.
“70% of our immune system lives in our gut and it is important to feed your immune system” She recommends eating:
Dr. Rossi emphasizes the 4 categories she tries to focus on for optimal health.
Diet, sleep, stress, and movement
For breakfast, Dr. Rossi loves to eat overnight oats. And for lunch, she loves to snack – she chooses from a handful of mixed nuts, prebiotic chocolate bark, salmon, vegetables, sourdough bread, Frozen berries with yogurt. When dinner time comes around she loves a stir fry. And then another snack. She loves the fudge brownies