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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?

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