Episode 62: Feeding Your Gut - The Role of Fermented Foods, Fiber, and Plant-Based Protein with Anu Simh

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[2:47] The importance of plants
[3:59} The gut
[4:58] The connection we have with our microbes
[6:11] Stool labs
[8:19] Feeding the microbes
[10:17] Protein
[13 :07] Fiber
[16:08] Animal vs plant protein and nutrients
[27:16] Steps to start feeding your gut to optimize health
[35:29] Cooking
[38:27] What did your ancestors do

Micronutrients and Gut Health for Women Over 50: Expert Tips from Anu Simh

In Episode 62, host Debi invites National Board Certified Functional Health Coach & plant-based chef Anu Simh to delve deep into the relationship between gut health, nutrition, and overall wellness. 

As a health coach, Anu uses her Nine Arms of Wellness Program to teach the value of using food as medicine, using an interactive and integrative approach that pulls from over 100 dietary theories; everything from Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between. In this episode she explains how the slow introduction of fibers can aid those suffering from gut issues like IBD. Through her extensive research and practical experiences, Anu presents tailored dietary strategies that help nourish the gut and enhance energy levels.

Listen today for a guide on how to incorporate nutrient-dense foods into your daily routines, from breakfast smoothies to volumetric salads for lunch. Anu also emphasizes the importance of personalized diet experiments and the symbiotic relationship between human health and gut microbes. Together, Debi and Anu explore how a plant-forward diet not only fosters gut health but also aids in weight management, better sleep, and improved overall well-being.

We hope you’ll join us for an enlightening conversation that will empower you to make informed dietary choices supporting a healthy gut and a stronger body.

"In the West here you’ll hear everything beings in the gut. As a yoga therapist and someone who really believes strongly in yogic philosophy therapy I'm gonna say everything begins in the mind." [4:06]

"The connection we have with these microbes, I think of them as forever guests." [4:58]

"Food is everything, not just what you put into your mouth." [18:18]

"Instead of thinking about what shouldn’t I eat if we start to focus on what should I eat." [23:21]

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which help balance the gut microbiome. The beneficial bacteria in these foods can aid in digestion, improve nutrient absorption, and boost overall gut health.

It’s crucial to introduce fiber gradually if you have gut issues. Start with small amounts of easily digestible fibers and slowly increase the quantity as your gut adapates. This approach helps prevent discomfort and other adverse symptoms.

Anu recommends a breakfast smoothie consisting of green banana, various greens, moringa, berries, and Amla. This combination provides an excellent mix of nutrients beneficial for gut health.

Eating foods in a specific order can help manage blood sugar levels. For instance, starting your meal with fiber-rich vegetables can slow the absorption of sugars, thereby preventing blood sugar spikes and improving overall metabolic health.

Bio-individuality recognizes that each person has unique nutritional needs. Anu suggests experimenting with one’s diet to find what works best, rather than following generic advice from social media. This personalized approach helps ensure you are feeding your body and gut microbes optimally.

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