Exploring the Gut-Immune Connection with Dr. Emeran Mayer

Exploring the Gut-Immune Connection with Dr. Emeran Mayer



70% of the immune system sits in the gut, but our 21st-century diet of processed food, poor sleep, and stress is reaping havoc with our gut and overall health. 

Gastroenterologist, neuroscientist and author, Dr. Emeran Mayer has done all the years of rigorous research for us, and the current gut climate is not looking good. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, are on the rise, and boosting immunity against viruses is at the forefront of everyone's mind. The solution? Tune in to hear the simple strategies that will reverse the slippery slope we're on, and build us back to better health.

Show Notes:

  • Emeran Mayer has studied gut-brain connections for much of his career, and now focuses on how the microbiome plays a role in that connection

  • There are two branches of the autonomic nervous system: the sympathetic (stress response) and the parasympathetic (resting system)

  • The integration of the vagal nerve and our autonomic nervous system sends signals to the brain based on what is happening in the gut

  • Certain microbes can change estrogen metabolites that go back into your bloodstream

  • Your gut is layered to provide different functions and it's all interrelated and can be impacted by changes in different layers

  • The Standard American Diet leads to gut dysbiosis and permeability and a variety of unhealthy sequences

  • Diet diversity creates a more healthy, stable, and resilient gut microbiome

  • Eat a large variety of plants, seeds, and nuts to create diversity in the gut, no supplement can substitute for eating a diverse, healthy diet

  • Optimize your microbes by feeding them diverse plants, giving them a ton of polyphenols to help the microbiome flourish

  • A poor microbiome can increase the issues related to chronic diseases or viruses


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