EP 1133B - The Anti Viral Gut: Tackling Pathogens from the Inside Out

Summary: As viruses become more common, exposure to them is inevitable but illness is not.
Air Date: 1/31/23
Duration: 16:41
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Dr. Robynne Chutkan
Robynne Chutkan, MD, is an integrative gastroenterologist and the author of the digestive health books Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure. Dr. Chutkan received her bachelor’s from Yale University and her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also did her internship and residency and served as chief resident. She completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Chutkan has been on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital since 1997. In 2004 she founded the Digestive Center for Wellness, an integrative gastroenterology practice dedicated to uncovering the root cause of GI disorders. A former Board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Dr. Chutkan also chaired the ASGE Training Committee and Public Relations Committee. She has authored dozens of academic journal articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the microbiome and gut health throughout the United States and Europe.
EP 1133B - The Anti Viral Gut: Tackling Pathogens from the Inside Out
In The Anti-Viral Gut: Tackling Pathogens From the Inside Out, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, faculty member at Georgetown University Hospital, and bestselling author, demonstrates how vital a healthy microbiome is in keeping us protected against viral infections and supporting a healthy immune system. Combining groundbreaking research with patient stories, Dr. Chutkan gives a fresh perspective on what we can do to empower and protect ourselves against illness.

As viruses become more common, exposure to them is inevitable but illness is not. Science has proven that the majority of your immune system is located in your gut - microbes responsible for keeping a healthy gut also directly affect your immune system. These microbes:

She also goes into detail about how the immune system reacts to viruses and how we can keep it healthy - from what to eat for a healthy immune system (artichokes, leeks, bananas, etc) to tips for sleep, mindfulness, the importance of nature  - and a full anti-viral gut plan with tips and recipes. The human body plays host to a vast system of a trillion bacteria that comprise the microbiome, many in our digestive tract.

With 70% of our immune system located in our gut, keeping these organisms happy and healthy does more than just make us feel good - a healthy microbiome means a healthy body, and a healthy immune system. Western culture focuses so heavily on medicating and sterilizing that we kill off our gut bacteria, and the fewer we have, the fewer barriers we have against future viruses.
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