Dr Claudia Lee unravels more secrets of The Mystery Gut in these two clips with Deborah and discusses ways to identify various gut conditions and gives tips on maintaining our gut health.
Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, Dr Claudia Lee and Jaime Rose Chambers have combined their knowledge and experience of gut health to write the “meticulously researched and highly practical book” The Mystery Gut.
“The secrets of The Mystery Gut”
A number of tests can be performed to help identify various gut conditions. Dr Lee suggests talking to your doctor about the types of tests available including blood tests for iron, zinc, B12, proteins and liver function along with breath tests and stool tests.
“Nowadays we can actually do a comprehensive stool test where can look at the bacteria in your gut which is like a fingerprint, everyone has their own one,” said Dr Lee.
“We do know that diets high in refined sugars and processed food can rapidly reduce some of those really good bacteria that are good for immunity and mood,” said Dr Lee.
“It’s a bit like a garden,” said Dr Lee. “If you can have a greater diversity of gut flora, there is a really strong link between that and weight, staying lean and stopping colds, preventing colds, immunity and actually moods as well.”
“So it’s a bit like having the Botanic Gardens compared to some weeds in the parking lot,” she said.
Gut Health – it’s a balancing act
Dr Lee believes that maintaining good gut health is a balancing act between external factors like stress and being mindful of the foods you consume and your body’s reaction to those foods.
Dr Lee promotes the intake of good bacteria as “fertiliser” for the gut “garden” and discusses the benefits of fermented foods such as kimchi, yoghurt and kombucha.
“They are all bacteria that help promote that friendly environment (for good gut health),” said Dr Lee.
Heeding the advice of our grandmothers, Dr Lee also talks to Deborah about the importance of mindful eating and maintaining a lean diet high in fibre.
As practitioners, Prof Phelps and Dr Lee know the problems caused by poor gut health and how an uneasy gut can make life miserable. Symptoms such as weight gain, diarrhoea and cramping are common, but few people receive a definitive disease label. Most of us are entirely unaware that by taking care of our gut we can improve our overall health.
In this meticulously researched and highly practical book, the doctors explain how we are on the threshold of a major revolution in the way we think about the gut and its relevance to our health. They explain common medical problems – from IBS to various food intolerances – and show you what’s going on and what to do about it.
Featuring a comprehensive guide on the mysteries of microbiota, a plethora practices and treatments to restore your energy, and 30 recipes to revitalise and heal your gut – produced with nutritionist and clinical dietitian Jaime Chambers – this is an essential guide to fixing your gut and improving your wellbeing.
The Mystery Gut by Professor Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers is available now.
About Dr Claudia Lee
DR CLAUDIA LEE is a General Practitioner of 15 years who graduated of from the University of Sydney. She has extensive training in women & children’s health, critical care & travel medicine. She currently practises in Sydney and is a regular contributor to Women’s Fitness Magazine.