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103: Exciting BreakThroughs in Gut Health with Tina Anderson & Kiran Krishnan

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In this episode, we talk with two former members in the drug industry who experienced firsthand the “kabuki theater” endless loop of research (that didn’t accomplish much) along with the troubling practice of hard-selling drugs to doctors’ offices. Meanwhile, they both witnessed friends and family members take six to twelve prescriptions, yet seeing little to no improvement. Fed up, our two guests did not grow discouraged, jaded, or give up. Instead, they became leaders in microbiome health and gut supplementation. 

Tina Anderson is a former trial lawyer specializing in settling cases through mediation, bringing both sides together. Mediation is her passion. So is her family, which is why she left the high-stress job behind to start a business with her husband, creating a unique supplement containing the super probiotic strains of renowned researcher Dr. Simon Cutting. Tina is now a wellness evangelist, helping people live their best physical and emotional lives. 

Kiran Krishnan is a research microbiologist whose focus is the human microbiome and wellness. His expertise is in the newest frontier in microbiology: gut commensal spore bacteria. Kiran is a frequent lecturer worldwide and as a guest on various radio and satellite podcasts. He also speaks frequently at autism conferences. Kiran established the Clinical Research Organization, where he conducts human clinical trials in human nutrition for over 17 years. Kiran began his rigorous research in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa.

In this podcast, we cover:

  • The two traits of a healthy gut
  • How to “go granular” in determining the root cause of health issues
  • The gut health/autism connection
  • The “next generation” of probiotics
  • How your natural environment impacts your microbiome
  • Leaky gut and chronic illness
  • Why “diet diversity” is suitable for your microbiome
  • Much more

What are the two distinguishing traits of maintaining a healthy gut? 

Generally speaking, there are two characteristics of a healthy gut that sustains a level of healthiness: 

  1. The first trait is diversity in your microbiome. Over the past 15 years of microbiome research, study after study concludes that the more diverse your gut microbiome is, the healthier you are, and the more resilient you are to disease. Longevity studies also show a correlation between diversity in the microbiome and living longer. 
  2. The second trait of a healthy gut is permeability. In other words–how dysfunctional is your intestinal barrier? Is the gut highly permeable? This condition is known as “leaky gut syndrome,” but many research papers of the past were calling this barrier dysfunction, endotoxemia, mucosal barrier system dysfunction, and epithelial dysfunction. All these terms mean the same thing: leaky gut. This is when the barrier system, the “tube” known as our intestines, separates our digestion from our circulation. When this barrier is compromised, it becomes one of the root causes of disease in the world. 

A paper published in 2015 showed a correlation between barrier system dysfunction is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. 

What role does commensal spore bacteria play in overall wellness?

Spore bacteria is crucial to gut health and sorely lacking in most human’s microbiome today due to environmental and dietary influences. 

Kiran stumbled upon this several years ago when he began searching for “the next new thing” in the field of probiotics. At that time, the industry was stagnant, with supplement companies competing through higher strain counts (30 billion! 50 billion!) or more doses. The market was all about increasing the CFU count in those days. Kiran wanted to find a new way to improve probiotic effectiveness for consumers, so he began researching spores. After studying for two years, Kiran presented a new recommendation for commensal spore bacteria to be the next generation probiotic. 

Early on, when Kiran laid out the plan for clinical research, the company he worked for was acquired by a larger company, and they were not interested in continuing the research. Kiran decided to pursue this work independently, and his search began for a business partner. Tina and her husband took the risk (thankfully), and now commensal spore bacteria is helping many people.

Stay tuned as Kiran and Tina share more about this fascinating new form of probiotic and how it can contribute to a healthier YOU. 

Tina Anderson and Kiran Krishnan’s message for the world is that a healthy life begins in the gut. Be open-minded to new ways of boosting your microbiome and see the results for yourself! 

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