BONUS 275: Creating a Fertile Gut

September 4, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Cecilia Kitic, an exercise physiologist with a Ph.D. in exercise immunology and founder of The IVF Project and Fertile Gut.

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Dr. Kitic and Heather discuss optimizing your gut health for conception:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in exercise physiology and immunology?
  • Take us through your career.

FERTILE GUT

  • A healthy egg and sperm are the foundation for a healthy embryo, so what does the gut have to do with conception?
  • What is our gut microbiota?
  • How is our gut structured, and who is living in there?
  • What is dysbiosis?
  • LPS harms fertility, but what is it and where is it coming from?
  • What infertility conditions are associated with dysbiosis?
  • How does our gut microbiota affect our sex hormone balance?
  • What is the connection between our gut and our mental health?
  • How do our microbiota influence toxin exposure?
  • How does exercise affect our gut microbiota?
  • What food do our microbiota love to eat?
  • What is the difference between a prebiotic and fiber?
  • What type of foods contain prebiotics?
  • How do you find out who is living in your gut?
  • How can you adjust your diet to create a fertile gut?
  • What research has been done in this area recently, and what questions remain unanswered?
  • Do you have any success stories you can share with us?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are interested in optimizing their gut health for conception?

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