TPV Podcast, Episode 268: How Do I Know if My Gut is Healthy?

Ep. 268: How Do I Know if My Gut is Healthy?

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk poop! They discuss how you can tell if your digestion is in shape and what to do if it’s not.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 268: How Do I Know if My Gut is Healthy?

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • The phrase is: “Trying to get credit for things you’re supposed to do.” It was inspired by a profane Chris Rock bit from Bigger and Blacker.
    • Stacy has become a big fan of Felix Gray computer glasses! They are awesome!
    • This week our topic is all about gut health! Stacy is SO into it!
    • We have a lot of questions about it, probably because the topic is so taboo in polite society.
  • Genia says, “How do you tell if you have an unhealthy gut? What are the best things I can start doing now to start working on my gut health? I am very new to paleo and there is a lot of info out there. Thank you for any info or tips. Also I am slowly listening to your past podcast. What do you think are the best episodes for a newbie to listen to first?” (8:26)
    • Don’t listen to our first Mark Sisson episode where Sarah fangirled all over him. (Do listen to that!)
    • What Do I Do After a Bad Reaction
    • Stefani Ruper’s shows are Episode 80, Episode 87, Episode 6, and Strong Woman Radio 25
    • Denise Minger is here and here
    • And check out our Paleo 101 series here.
    • At home gut health tests are in Paleo Principles and on The Paleo Mom.
    • Gastrointestinal symptom checklist:
      • gas
      • bloating
      • bleching
      • constipation
      • diarrhea
      • heartburn
      • indigestion
      • pain or straining
      • undigested food
      • mucus
      • blood in the stool (dark clotted blood. bright blood is from anal fissures probably)
    • If you notice your digestion, there’s probably something wrong.
    • Normal frequency is 3 times per day to 3 times per week.
    • Sarah is a fan of Dr. Jeff Leach from the Human Food Project.
    • Stacy reminds herself that only humans are embarassed by poop this way.
    • Compare your poop to the Bristol Stool Scale. You should consistently at level 3 or 4.
    • Transit time test: eat something you can see in your stool like corn or sesame seeds or beets. Time from eating to pooping. Ideally between 12-48 hours.
    • If your concerned, see a doctor. They can do more tests like stool analysis, colonoscopy, biopsy, etc.
    • If you don’t need a doctor’s care, then you probably need to change your diet.
      • Increase fruits and vegetables. It’s the fiber.
      • Increase Omega-3 fat intake.
      • Lower saturated fat
      • Eating fermented foods, especially wild fermented.
      • Some nutrients help form the intestinal junctions: fiber, quercitin, burburein, zinc, and glycine.
    • Don’t get overwhelmed by feeling like you need to do everything at once! Take it steps at a time.
    • Focus on nutrient density and everything else can follow. Is this food helping my health, hurting my health or neutral?
  • Rate and review us. Goodbye!
  • Outro (46:45)


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