International dietitian Sandra Mikhail joins us in our latest podcast to dive into the thriving research on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ‘biotics’ – prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics. In the episode, Sandra highlights that one size does not fit all when it comes to probiotic supplementation and explains the importance of strain and dose specificity. She also shares her analogy of probiotic supplementation being the seed that’s planted for a healthy gut environment, and how we can use plant diversity to nourish this ecosystem. Plus, Sandra dives into the ‘glitch’ between the gut-brain axis for those with IBS, and shares her thoughts on breaking the ‘it’s-in-your-head’ stigma.
Sandra Mikhail is an internationally-known Accredited Practising Dietitian and the founder and director of Nutrition A-Z by Sandra Mikhail. She holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Master of Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Health and is a member of Dietitians Australia. She also holds a Sports Nutrition Diploma by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). With experience spanning well over a decade, Sandra’s main areas of specialty are digestive disease, sports nutrition, eating disorders and corporate health working with local and multinational brands. As a mental health advocate, her workshops and articles on stress and nutrition have gained popularity internationally where she was personally invited by Arianna Huffington to contribute to her global platform Thrive.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Sandra’s go-to approach for common gut issues
- What happens between the gut and brain for people with IBS
- The basics of probiotic supplementation for dietitians
- Specific probiotic strains and doses that are effective for IBS
- The hype around fermented foods
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