The Switch4Good Podcast

Kickstart your Gut Microbiome with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Dec 14, 2022

Ever wonder why some people who get exposed to colds or the flu get really ill while others experience mild symptoms or don’t get sick at all? Fortunately, today’s guest is here to provide answers to this mystery. An authority on the “microbiome,” Dr. Robynne Chutkan is here to tell us all about the remarkable flora residing in our intestines, and how feeding it the right foods can promote health, prevent disease, and even help us with our weight. Dr. Chutkan is a board-certified gastroenterologist at Georgetown Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, and author of the books GutblissThe Microbiome SolutionThe Bloat Cure, and her most recent book, The Anti-Viral Gut, where she tackles the complexities of intestinal bacteria and how it relates to our immune system. She’s been a featured expert on several media outlets, including The Today Show and CBS This Morning. 

If you’re a person interested in strengthening your immune system, or you’ve experienced digestive troubles, or you’re just human, then this episode is definitely for you!

Listen to Episode 208 with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

What we discuss in this episode:

  • What the microbiome is and how it relates to overall human health
  • Viruses and human DNA
  • The microbiome and immunity
  • Important tips for expecting mothers
  • Causes of intestinal permeability
  • The benefits of being in nature on the microbiome
  • Tips to improve your microbiome
  • The effects of stress on the gut and immunity


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