Ep. 2: Gut and Digestion Part 1: Our Gut and Energy Balance

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In this episode we discuss:

  • What ideal gut function looks like for humans
  • What the differences between our guts and those of other apes tell us about our diets
  • Why certain gut toxins may be some of the main factors holding our health back and blocking our cellular energy production
  • Which compounds in foods are harmful to our guts (and lead to bloating, indigestion, and gut inflammation) and which ones support a healthy gut
  • Why many of the conventionally "healthy" foods are terrible for our guts

1:39 – ideal gut function and comparative gut physiology, and what this means for our ideal diet

17:38 – relationship between our gut, our microbiome, and energy balance

28:41 – healthy and harmful compounds in foods and how they affect our gut

Links from this episode

  • Gorillas are actually on a high fat diet due to short chain fatty acid production in the gut (1)
  • Genetic starch-digesting adaptations in humans (1, 2, 3)
  • Relationships between metabolism and the gut/digestion (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Damaging metabolic and gut effects of endotoxin (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Endotoxin as a cause of sepsis (1)
  • Grains and Legumes and Antinutrients, Oh My! (article)
  • Expensive tissue hypothesis (1, 2)
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