The Gut Vibes Podcast

Understanding Potential Root Causes that Influence Gut Imbalances and Chronic Disease

September 27, 2022 Lauren McCarthy, MS, RD, LD Season 1 Episode 2
The Gut Vibes Podcast
Understanding Potential Root Causes that Influence Gut Imbalances and Chronic Disease
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This episode is an overview of how integrative practitioners and dietitians utilize the nutrition-focused physical exam and the IFMNT radial to DIG DEEP and look at potential underlying causes of gut imbalances and chronic disease.

This episode covers:

  • STAIN model: stress, toxins, adverse food reactions, infections, and nutritional imbalances
  • DIGIN model  (5 primary categories of GUT imbalances), focusing this episode on "digestion/absorption" to explore motility, gastric acid, pancreatic enzymes, and bile salts
  • nutritional takeaways

Contact information:
IG: @thegutvibes.podcast

Apps referenced: MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Cronometer, Baritastic

Episode References:

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Adverse Food Reactions
Nutritional Imbalances/Deficiencies
STAIN Take-a-ways
Digestion & Absorption
Episode Take-a-ways