Your Gut Health Questions Answered By Donna Gates


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Your gut affects SO MANY aspects of your health — from your skin, to your mood, your fertility, your emotions, your hormones, your stress levels and more. So even the smallest improvements to your gut health can have amazing flow-on effects to the rest of your body and mind… but the opposite is true too: if your gut’s in bad shape, everything’s going to be out of whack. So it’s super important to get your gut sorted, which is why on this week’s show — due to popular demand — I have brought back the amazingly insightful Donna Gates, gut expert extraordinaire! Today she will be answering all your burning questions to help you understand this oh-so-important organ — and get clear on how to take care of it — so you can experience massive shifts in your mood, energy levels and general vitality.

If you’ve never heard Donna speak before, you’re in for a treat. As the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, she is on a mission to change the way the world eats. The Body Ecology Diet was the first ‘diet’ of its kind — sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and probiotic-rich. In fact, Donna’s ALWAYS been ahead of her time (she was teaching about fermented foods way back in 1994, and was the first to coin the phrase ‘inner ecosystem’). Over the past 25 years, she has truly become one of the most respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet, and nutrition.... so I cannot wait for you to hear us delve crazy-deep into all things gutsy!

If you care at ALL about your health (and you’re reading this, beautiful, so I know you do) this is a must-listen episode that has the power to impact your life in massive ways, for decades to come.

In this episode we chat about:

  • The 5 daily habits for good gut health (05:16)
  • The essential tests to find out what's going on inside your gut (18:06)
  • The truth about intermittent fasting and fertility (20:58)
  • Donna’s best-ever anti-aging tip (22:08)
  • The hidden cause of infertility (which so few women know about) (25:19)
  • Important eating strategies during pregnancy and breastfeeding (26:54)
  • What a keto diet is and if it's good for you (28:21)
  • Why knowing your genes is key to optimum health (29:38)
  • How to heal skin issues like acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea (if only I’d known this stuff when I was a teenager!) (33:26)
  • How to lower cortisol and support your adrenals (37:08)
  • Vegan bone broth alternatives (41:04)
  • How to heal histamine and SIBO (51:28)
  • Why you want to avoid alcohol and eating in between meals (01:06:26)
  • Plus so much more!

Episode resources:

Body Ecology Training in Brisbane October 2017
The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
Donna Gates on The Melissa Ambrosini Show
Genova Diagnostics
The Great Plains Laboratory
Smart DNA
TEDx Talk by Valter Longo
Intermittent Fasting on YouTube
Body Ecology Newsletter
Adrenal Fatigue by Dr. James L. Wilson
Low FODMAP diet by researchers at Monash University
Brain Octane Oil by Bulletproof
Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser
French Maritime Pine Bark

Thank you so much for listening to this episode. I am very honored that you are here and would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (I read every single one). And if you loved this episode, please share it with someone you know will benefit, and on your social channels. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes — that way we can inspire more people together.

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    • Amy Paulinich
      August 18, 2017

      Loving this knowledge! With the 14hr fasting is that daily or once a week?

      And is there a bit of a cheat sheet on what genes relate to different body functions?


      • August 19, 2017

        Hey honey, I do it daily but you have to tune into your body and do what works best for you. xx

    • Monique
      August 19, 2017

      Another amazing podcast thanks beautiful! Donna is just so incredibly knowledgeable ! I would love to know, is 23and me still (in your opinion) the best gene company you would recommend? Love + Light Mon xx

      • August 19, 2017

        I think it's one of the best honey and Donna loves it too. But do your research and find what resonates most with you. xx

    • Danielle
      August 21, 2017

      This was so helpful! Amazing podcast I've just recently started the keto diet alongside intermittent fasting so this was super helpful! Loved hearing about all this and more definitely took a lot away from the podcast!

    • Davina
      August 22, 2017

      Thank you so very much for this incredible podcast - I listened to it whilst walking my small puppy and we had to keep going so that I could listen right to the very end (it's okay she is now being treated to loads of water and cuddles). I am so excited to listen again (and possibly again), make notes and to take action. Thank you again ladies xo

    • Crystal
      August 22, 2017

      Loved this podcast! Donna is just so full of knowledge and it's great that you had her back on the show! I had one question - I know you have previously said that your husband Nick has had Lyme disease and chronic fatigue. Did he see a health practitioner at all for his Lyme, one that he can recommend in Sydney? Thanks!

    • August 25, 2017

      another great podcast Melissa. Definitely excellent listening hearing about the benefits of intermitant fasting and keto diet pros and cons. thankyou once again for sharing.

    • Penny
      August 25, 2017

      I loved this so much, thank you! I'm so curious to learn more about histamines and oxylates. I'm going to look at these, thank you!

      When Donna was talking about people getting too many oxylates (the smoothie example she was using with almond milk etc (43.00)) - She was saying we should be mindful of how many oxylates we have, do you know why this is? xx

    • Molly
      December 18, 2017

      Hey Melissa,
      I don’t think Donna mentioned a healthy weight gain protocol. She mentioned Intermittent fasting should be avoided when trying to gain. So does that to consume small meals or probiotics every few hours or something along these lines?

      • December 18, 2017

        Hi Molly, this is a very bio-individual question and depends on many factors around body type, digestion etc... Always best to see guidance from a practitioner like Donna or someone well versed in body types and functional medicine like Stephen Cabral.

    • Kayla
      May 8, 2018

      Hey Melissa. I’m new to podcasts in general and I’m now obsessed with yours! Thank you! This conversation is so interesting - I wish I knew about it 10 years ago! My question is, are there any clinics in Sydney that offer the DNA testing or is it done online? I’d love to speak to someone personally as I have issues with bloating. xx

      • May 10, 2018

        Hey Kayla, Dr Stephen Cabral does DNA testing and you can have a session with him over skype once he get's your results back. He is the best! Tell him I sent you. xx

    • Amy
      September 14, 2018

      Hey there

      I LOVE this podcast- clears up so much confusion and can’t waitbto read this article.

      My question is when getting the gene test where do I go and what do I ask for? I have asked naturopaths around if they specialise in gut health or perform gene tests and none of them know what I’m talking? Unsure if maybe I’m going to the wrong areas?

      Amy Paulinich

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