In this episode, Nicola and Florence interview Erin Kenney, a former HA patient who is also a Registered Dietitian, specializing in gut health and sports nutrition.
Erin starts by explaining why she became a RD and what the difference is between RDs and nutritionists (who may have very little training). She explains how her recovery informed her work, and why she doesn't believe that elimination diets should be the first point of call when people complain of digestive issues.
Erin also explained the immediate effect of dieting on one's microbiome's diversity and health. Short term, dieting can cause slow motility: constipation and bloating, as well as acid reflux, low appetite, gut dysbiosis. Within 24 hours, dieting can affect the composition of gut bacteria. Long term (1 to 2 months), dieting can cause atrophy of the GI muscles. When people are under fueling, that muscle needs energy to be repaired. When people don’t have robust, healthy muscles in their GI tract, they can experience constipation, gastroparesis (slow movement in GI tract), food sensitivities.
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