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Dr. Mike Ruscio on How to Improve Your Gut Health (and Why)

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Dr. Mike Ruscio on How to Improve Your Gut Health (and Why)

Dr. Mike Ruscio, author of the book Healthy Gut, Healthy You, joins me to talk about the ins and outs of gut function and improving gut health.

Gut health has become something of a buzzword these days and, quite frankly, a bit of a red flag, like “detoxing” or “pH.”

Whenever I hear someone talking about how to improve gut health, my Spidey sense starts to tingle because there’s a fair chance that shenanigans are afoot.

That said, it’s not all quackery.

Gut health is a very real thing and impacts your overall health and wellbeing in a number of different ways, and that’s what Dr. Mike Ruscio and I discuss in today’s episode.

Before I continue, however, I just have to give a sincerely sloppy kiss to my friends Sal, Adam, Justin, and Doug over at Mind Pump Media for inviting me to their #PODCASTHARD event where I met and interviewed Dr. Ruscio.

They have one of the biggest podcasts in the fitness space and are a bunch of cool dudes to boot, so head over their way and if you like what you hear, tell them I sent you.

Okay so back to business. In this episode, you’re going to hear from Dr. Ruscio on a number of hot-button issues, including…

  • What is a healthy gut, actually?
  • What is leaky gut and what can you do about it?
  • How can you tell what foods are good or bad for your gut?
  • Is gluten as bad for your gut as people say?
  • How does eating sugar affect your gut health?
  • And more.


5:54 – What is gut health?

7:43 – What are inflammatory foods?

8:30 – Why do certain foods trigger an immune response?

11:27 – What is the low-FODMAP diet?

12:27 – What are soluble and insoluble fibers?  

14:43 – What is leaky gut?

15:40 – What are symptoms of leaky gut?

17:17 – How does gluten affect your gut health?

24:24 – How can we improve our gut health?

27:01 – How does sugar affect our gut health?

29:38 – Why does sugar lead to weight gain?

32:24 – Do artificial sweeteners affect your gut health?

36:04 – How do probiotics help?  

42:42 – Are the probiotics at the store shelves already dead?

44:27 – Where can people find your book?

45:26 – Where can people purchase your supplements?

45:47 – Can lifestyle factors improve gut health?

48:32 – Is there a connection with exercise and gut health?

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What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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