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06. The brain you never knew you had

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There’s a special relationship present within your body – the mind-gut connection. It’s the delicate internal balance between your brain and digestive system. If this balance alters because of something as common as emotional stress or poor eating habits, then we may see change in the way we function emotionally and physically.  

Welcome to The Shift, an investigative series that follows naturopath, nutritionist and author Katherine Maslen as she explores the dysfunctional nature of the health industry and provides people with the tools, knowledge and understanding to make the shift in their lives. Each episode of The Shift features interviews with industry experts in gut and general health from across the globe. They accompany Katherine in tackling the difficult questions surrounding global health. If you want to make the shift towards more informed decisions regarding better health, then this podcast is for you.

In episode #6 of the Shift The brain you never knew you had, Katherine dives further into how our emotional well being and gut health are intertwined. She discusses inflammatory markers, leaky brain, serotonin levels in the gut and what the biggest digestive problems we’re facing today are and how we can remedy this. Katherine is joined by Angela Pifer, FMN, CN, Nat Kringoudis, Summer Bock, Charlotte Watts, Christine Hassler, Dr Leo Galland, Dr. Vincent Pedre, Dr David Perlmutter, Lee Holmes and Dr Tom O’Bryan.

Also featured within this episode:

  • The definite no’s relating to digestive health
  • The effects of stress on your gut
  • Fight or flight response, chronic stress and bad diet affecting your microbiome
  • Why people are unaware of their stress
  • How emotions can cause internal stresses upon the physical body
  • Stress inventories and taking charge
  • How an improved diet can affect behaviour
  • Why gut microbes love stress and the vicious cycle they create
  • Gut bacterial changes and their relation to depression
  • The biggest issue people are facing today
  • How the relationship between your gut and mental health works
  • The gut and its role in the inflammation of the brain
  • The interconnectedness between the blood-brain barrier and the gut
  • How neurological degenerative diseases could relate to past inflammatory markers

Useful resources:

Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function – UCLA study, May 28, 2013
The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health – Dr. Emeran Meyer:


The Shift Episode #06 guests, in order of appearance:

Angela Pifer, FMN, CN

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Nat Kringoudis

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Summer Bock

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Charlotte Watts

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Christine Hassler

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Dr Leo Galland

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Dr. Vincent Pedre

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Dr David Perlmutter

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Lee Holmes

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Dr Tom O’Bryan

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