The Connection between Carbohydrate Malabsorption and Digestive Issues
Dr. Norm Robillard, microbiologist and founder of Digestive Health Institute, joins JJ in this fascinating episode to talk about the surprising underlying cause of digestive issues like acid reflux and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Listen as Dr. Robillard explains the connection between issues absorbing carbohydrates and the bacteria in your gut, signs of SIBO and methods of testing, and how to tell if carbohydrate malabsorption is a problem for you. Don’t miss Dr. Robillard’s recommendations on fiber intake, plus find out which foods are most likely to trigger uncomfortable digestive symptoms and how you can optimize your diet to feel better fast!
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Main Points From Today’s Episode
1. Dr. Robillard became interested in digestive health after discovering that a low-carb diet helped relieve his acid reflux symptoms. That led to the connection between carbohydrate malabsorption and gut bacteria.
2. Carbohydrate malabsorption leads to an overgrowth of gas-producing bacteria, resulting in increased pressure that drives acid reflux. Dr. Robillard talks about how to know if carbohydrate malabsorption is a problem for you and which foods are most likely to trigger digestive symptoms.
3. Dr. Robillard explains how diet and lifestyle changes can make a positive impact on your gut health. Simple shifts like chewing your food slowly can make a big difference.
[1:03] Dr. Norm Robillard’s career briefing
[2:32] How did Dr. Robillard become interested in acid reflux?
[4:54] Carbohydrate malabsorption leads to an overgrowth of gas-producing bacteria, resulting in increased pressure that drives acid reflux.
[7:42] What is SIBO?
[10:06] Symptoms of SIBO
[12:43] How can you tell if carbohydrate malabsorption is an issue for you?
[13:58] The ins and outs of breath testing.
[16:45] Dr. Robillard’s Fast Tract Diet
[18:33] Dr. Robillard’s recommendations on fiber
[22:34] How to know if you should limit your fiber intake
[27:05] Simple shifts like chewing your food slowly can make a big difference.
[29:05] Food intolerance can lead to a variety of symptoms, including weight gain, bloating, and lack of energy. Discover the 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerance in The Virgin Diet.
[29:42] Listener’s question: I’m chronically constipated. What can I do?
[31:50] Increase the amount of fiber in your diet gradually.
[32:45] Taking vitamin C and magnesium before bed can help with constipation.
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