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Nutrition, Diet, and the Gut Microbiome | Dr. Chris Damman

How does food impact your health? Learn about the effects of diet and the gut microbiome from gastroenterologist and functional food expert, Dr. Chris Damman.

The standard American diet doesn’t often support people’s gut health. Processed foods, imbalanced nutritional intake, and lifestyle stressors all contribute to a weakened gut microbiome. In this episode, Dr. Chris Damman, gastroenterologist and functional food expert, shares important findings on diet and the gut microbiome. He shares the importance of balancing your gut microbiome, what we can all do to live a healthier lifestyle, and more.


Dr. Chris Damman formerly led the functional food and microbiome initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Medicine and Global Health. He is a board-certified gastroenterologist and currently serves as the Chief Medical & Scientific Officer at Supergut, a company that makes prebiotic products that support the gut.


The Four M’s to a Healthy Lifestyle:

  • Molecules

  • Microbes

  • Movement

  • Minds


The Four F’s:

  • Fiber

  • Phenols

  • Fermented Foods

  • Fats


The Big C:

  • Community


Discussed in this episode:


  • Health and diet standards in different populations and how it affects public health

  • Why a balanced microbiome is so critical for health

  • The biggest diet mistake people make that harms gut health

  • Processed foods vs eating healthy in a busy society

  • What causes gas?

  • Why fiber supports the gut microbiome

  • How gut health changes in different phases of someone’s life

  • Antibiotics, probiotics, and prebiotics in the gut


“The gut is the gateway to health.” - Dr. Chris Damman


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