#21: Sofia Popov – Concrete Steps to Optimize Your Health Through Microbiome Research and Home TestFeb 12, 2019
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Poop test also called gut microbiome test seems to be the new black in health optimization From discovering what to eat, helping with IBS and so many other things. I, therefore, took a talk with Sofia Popov who is a microbiome scientist. She is also the founder of GUTXY which is a company that helps people figure out how to incorporate the latest scientific findings on the microbiome into their daily lives. In this podcast, we go through some of the latest research, how to use it, my experience with microbiome test and how a startup like Zemedy also focus on the microbiome for IBS.
“Gut is the pivot – the start of everything. And if you look at it more holistically, it is very central. If you are not digesting properly, other areas of your body aren’t functioning equally as well. It is key for everything.”
O1:20 – Sofia talks about how she got interested in studying more about the human microbiome
04:08 – The importance of the first 3 years of life in the foundation the gut microbiome
05:58 – Getting microbiome test and knowing your microbial signature: the key to better understanding health and nutrition
07:58 – The role of probiotics and prebiotics in inducing gut immunity
10:59 – Microbiome test: how it is done and what it tells you about your health
15:12 – Determining your healthy bowel, an overview of the Bristol Stool Chart
16:41 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), how it affects the gut-brain axis and how taking a microbiome test can help to solve it
22:19 – How GUTXY’s microbiome program helps individuals get the proper intervention after getting their microbiome test results
27:00 – Food to optimize your microbiome: Sofia talks about the different microbiome friendly foods
29:00 – How the Microbiome changed Sofia’s perception of having a healthy diet and restoring your gut
30:50 – Fermented food and its beneficial boost in getting good bacteria
32:47 – Microbiome and depression: how do they correlate?
33:56 – Sofia’s advice on becoming the best version of yourself
FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SOFIA:
- Eat more leafy greens.
- Focus on being mindful.
- Believe in yourself.
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