Episode 12

Diet & The Gut Microbiome with Dr. Gary Wu

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There are few topics that are more popular as well as more controversial than the topic of a healthy diet. Over the last few years, this discussion has increasingly included the role of the gut microbiome as a mediator between what we eat, the health of the gut microbiome and our overall health.

There is nobody more qualified to talk about the interactions between diet and our gut microbiota as Professor Gary Wu, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Director of the Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine (PenNSAM). In addition, Dr. Wu is Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Gastroenterological Association Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education.

In this episode of the Mind Gut Connection Conversation, we discuss:

  • The role of diet in the composition and function of the gut microbiome
  • The effect of a vegetarian vs an omnivore diet on the gut microbiome.
  • The differential effects of a ketogenic and a plant based diet on the gut microbiome
  • The ongoing decrease in diversity and loss of species in our gut microbiome and their effects on our health
  • And much more…