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During the coronavirus pandemic we learned a lot about our immune systems – including our gut microbiome, which is thought to be the cradle of our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a fast developing area of medicine, and here are three podcasts that delve into the, er, bowels of research.
In a world of over-sharing on reality TV and social media, we’ve seen and heard it all. That’s not to say this writer didn’t baulk when learning about Take a Stool, in which British rapper/producer Professor Green aka Steve Manderson invites celebrity guests to have their poo screened. Yes, their poo screened.
Not so long ago it was enough to turn up on radio with your Desert Island Discs; these days you’re nobody unless you’ve revealed the entire contents of your digestive system to the world. But far from being an exercise in product placement (after a lifetime of poor gut health, Manderson set up his own nutritional supplements company, Aguulp), Take a Stool, remarkably, works as a (necessarily potty-mouthed) chat show; so far the eating habits of actor Daisy May Cooper and fitness guru Joe Wicks are probed in ways that Grace Dent, Jay Raynor and Jessie Ware can only dream of.
ZOE: Science and Nutrition
Professor Tim Spector’s pioneering nutritional science company ZOE offers eating plans based on an individual’s own gut, blood fat and blood sugar results via at-home testing kits. And fortunately, the podcast ZOE: Science & Nutrition is so ram-packed with clinical research and advice that it never feels like a hard sell of Spector’s service.
Host Jonathan Wolf explains why and how to improve our gut health and in turn bolster our immune system, around 70pc of which is now known to be based in our GI tract. Wolf and fellow experts also dispel common myths, ie, that bread and coffee are evil, while offering interesting history lessons about how our foodstuff has evolved, for richer and poorer.
The Dr Louise Newson Podcast
The Dr Louise Newson Podcast has featured here before, the British GP and menopause specialist offering a lifeline to women in midlife.
Tune in to hear a new episode featuring Irish consultant gastroenterologist Professor Barbara Ryan and clinical dietician Elaine McGowan – aka The Gut Experts and authors of What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut – reveal how Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects around 10pc of the world’s population, and that 70pc of those are women. Hormones are largely to blame, hence they’re on a mission to educate sufferers about their microbiota. Fascinating.