The Surprising Role of the Microbiome in Health and Disease

Episode 889 44m


Your gut microbiome is your inner garden—the more good bugs you have in it, the more likely it is to flourish. Our gut bacteria regulate many bodily functions, from creating vitamins to controlling our immune system, brain function, and, of course, our metabolism and weight. In this episode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Boham and Shawn Stevenson about the ways in which our gut influences the health of our body and alternately how our lifestyle choices affect our gut health. Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA.

Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Shawn Stevenson is the author of the international bestselling book Sleep Smarter and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the number #1 health podcast in the U.S. with millions of listener downloads each year.

A graduate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology, and nutritional science, and went on to found Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, Muscle & Fitness, ESPN, and many other major media outlets. He is also an in-demand keynote speaker for numerous organizations, universities, and conferences.

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Ep. 889 - The Surprising Role of the Microbiome in Health and Disease