Show #160 – Our Multiple Microbiomes with Dr Jason Hawrelak


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Do I have a show for you this week! Fan of exploring the gut microbiome? Did you know our nose, skin, mouth, and vagina all have microbiomes too and healthy or not, they have impacts on our overall health? We look at not only gut but vaginal and nasal microbiomes as well this week with Australia’s foremost probiotic expert Dr Jason Hawrelak – back for a second time and boy were there some mindblowing facts shared in this week’s show. Dr Hawrelak did his Honours (First Class) and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, irritable bowel syndrome, and the clinical applications of pre- and probiotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited over 900 times. Suffice it to say, this week’s show is a good one for the microbiome nerds among us.

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The Framework for our Discussion:

The robust and fragile aspects of our gut microbiome. The questions I asked –


  • You and your background (and then will refer back to our first chat for expansion on your work and gut microbiome focus)
  • A couple of questions that came out of our first podcast that I’d love to kick us off with. 1, was “How do I include more prebiotic foods when eating so much as half a lentil inflamed my gut and makes me the queen of farts?” and another was “Fermented foods – they seem to be my kryptonite rather than a health food: What might be wrong there and what can I do about it?”
  • Anything new in the last 6 months that you’re super excited about in the world of gut microbiome health?
  • Today I wanted to chat about what we didn’t get time for last time: All our microbiomes! We talked gut mainly last time… But we’ve got the nose, the oral microbiome, the skin the vaginal microbiome (do guys have a ‘down there’ microbiome too?, let’s take a look at each and see how we might care best for each and how to know when something’s amiss?
  • And then we can speak to each and from what you share, if we could look at a brief overview, how to know when we’ve work to do in each area, what some of the ill-health links are in each and how to ensure all of our microbiomes thrive…
  • And to finish: Any research you’re eagerly awaiting results on that are showing us promise in terms of better understanding the role of our various microbiomes and the impact that treatment and diagnosis can have on our overall health?


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