#69 Moods Issues? Maybe It's In Your Gut - with Lynda Griparic

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"There are many ways that our gut microbiota communicate with our brains, and vice versa. We commonly call this the Gut Brain connection, but it happens in many ways, like microbial metabolites, the vegus nerve, intestinal permeability, lipopolysaccharides, and via a host of neurotransmitters. So, the foods we eat can all affect the gut brain connection in different pathways, and cause mood alterations like depression and anxiety."

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In Episode 69 of The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast, Natalie Douglas, Kate Callaghan, and their guest, Lynda Griparic (Naturopath & Creator of BetterMe Tea) discuss ways to improve gut health and the links between the gut brain connection.

  • How the microbiota impacts our mood
  • The relationship between the microbiota and our mood
  • What the heck is endotoxemia and LPS and why you need to know about it
  • Dietary practices that are potentially negatively impact our microbiota and therefore our mood
  • How you can support the gut and brain relationship?
  • How stool testing can help navigate treatment for a depressed or anxious individual
  • What parameters we want to look out for in the stool

Lynda Griparic
Naturopath & Creator of BetterMe Tea

Intro 0:00
Hello and welcome to The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast, with your hosts Natalie K. Douglas, Thyroid Healer, and Kate Callaghan, The Holistic Nutritionist. Nat and Kate are degree-qualified dietitians and nutritionists, certified fitness instructors, speakers and authors. If you love unfiltered banter, unedited bloopers and authentic heart-sharing then we are your ladies! Now it’s time to sit back, relax and get ready for our latest tips on living your healthiest life possible..

Natalie K. Douglas 0:38
Today we have an interview with the lovely Linda group rich Linda is a naturopath nutritionist podcaster Radha and yoga teacher with close to 20 years of experience in the health industry. Linda specializes in digestive health, namely CBOE and constipation. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable by care programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of gut disturbance. Linda has an intense interest in Peru which using great company here, and she’s also the creator of the delicious that may take a tease on to promote improve gut health and digestion, assisting those who struggle with constipation and sluggish bowel movements to go to the bathroom with ease. I absolutely loved this chat with Linda and I’m sure you will too. So let’s jump in. Hello and welcome back to another episode of the holistic nutritionist podcast today, not NI interviewing the wonderful Linda grip or rich I’m hoping I got that right. That was just

Kate Callaghan 1:46
a couple of minutes. Welcome along, Linda. Linda is an incredible natural path. How are you?

Lynda Griparic 1:52
Very well. Thanks for having me on Natalie and Kate. I really appreciate it. And yes, you didn’t botch up the last name did a good job. Did the shoulder shake with it? You did? Yes. The role of the tongue in the show to shake

Kate Callaghan 2:07
so my son Actually, he had a chicken any so he is really good at rolling his eyes like that, that I’m not so good and my daughter’s learning Murray I’m just the all the broken in between.


today we’re going to be talking all about gut health. And everyone who listens knows that we are really really passionate about gut health. So it’s awesome to have an expert here we just bought you on the podcast and we have your video on and you had that beautiful diagram of the justice system right behind you. And I’ve had a little look into your blog and that you’re the Pooh whisperer which is very

Natalie K. Douglas 2:46
exciting. I love that

Kate Callaghan 2:52
I you know not not and I always talk about the importance of and digestive health and chicken a flu, so we’re really excited to dive in deeper sense of best now, we always ask our interviewees the same question. What did you have for breakfast?

Lynda Griparic 3:11
You know what, during the week, it’s generally a smoothie, but I tend to like my smoothies really quick. So it ends up being like a pudding that I use with a spoon I use I eat with a spoon. I just love spoons. It’s really odd. But so in the smoothies just feel like it’s a bit of a appeal in a powder concoction at the moment because I’m doing a preconception care. So there’s a lot of powders and then there’s also the protein base is a fruit of some sort, whether it’s a berry or a poor, poor. You know, I’ve got some cacao in their cinnamon and your nut butter and various other things. Yeah, so that’s pretty much my standard Monday to Friday because it needs to be quick and then on the weekends, it’s just something different.

Kate Callaghan 3:54
Now I know that our listeners will be wondering this but are there any specific concoctions power concoctions that you put in that are particularly supportive for preconception. I know that’s not what we’re focusing on, but I know that people will wonder, good question and I think you know, this really depends on what’s going on for the person but for me at the moment, I’ve got some shadow very powder in there.

Lynda Griparic 4:18
I also do a bit of seed cycling too. So I at the moment, you know, a different points of the menstrual cycle, you might be having two different types of seeds. And so at the moment, it I’m in that first half of my cycle, so I’m having, you know, ground up flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. What else do I have in that? I put a bit of magnesium powder in there as well. What else? And yet, those are the main powders when it comes to my NQK you know, it’s a it’s a lovely prebiotic, and, you know, you want to be supporting your gut microbiome if you want to be supporting preconception care as well. But you know, after that comes a big you know, honestly Lot of the supplements that I’m taking is well beyond the speedy

Kate Callaghan 5:05
you rattling around with always I am in

Lynda Griparic 5:07
a little bit over it to be honest but

Natalie K. Douglas 5:11
funny sometime yeah I sometimes I go through phases where I am doing like a therapeutic intervention for myself and I really appreciate all the recommendations I give to clients because sometimes I forget how like switched on you kind of need to be to take your supplements regularly if you’re not someone that finds that easy so it’s kind of like a good reminder sometimes at all. Actually, it isn’t as just simple as just take it it’s like okay, actually there is some like thinking about this. So I often like revisit that and I’m like, okay, must give more strategies to help people get this supplement in consistently I love kill containers to be honest, they were

Lynda Griparic 5:52
bloody lunch box. It’s ridiculous. Like I’ve got this because I had a miscarriage. So it’s for me, it’s just me just trying to really pro I’m up my nutritional status to make sure I have a viable pregnancy and, and everything. And so I’ve got like a little lunch box, that it’s a stall in there and I take it out after I’ve had my smoothie and put what I need to pop. But sometimes you just don’t feel it, you just don’t feel like popping the capsules, you don’t feel like taking the powders, you just he just doesn’t sit well. So it’s a, it can be a it is a commitment. And it’s a bit of an effort at a time. So yes, it absolutely does make me appreciate my patients and you know, how much am I actually giving them? What’s actually really, really crucial for them to take right now. You know, and and, you know, giving them instructions on how to take them when they don’t necessarily feel like taking them. Can you soften the blow by putting it in something if it’s got a bit of a sweet flavor or something like that. So yes, it’s good to be the patient once in a while.

Kate Callaghan 6:48
Yeah, totally.

Now, I think we should start off with our with our questions, but first before we before we dive into those awesome questions. Can you tell us a little bit more about how how you came to become the Pooh whisperer.

Lynda Griparic 7:04
Right? Well,

how do I become a poo whisperer? Well, I guess you know, I was working for I was in naturopathic practice many, many moons ago, in the early 2000s for about four years and got totally burnt out because I was working some other jobs to support that business as I was growing it. And so then I left that and went to work for a supplement company, which was, which is meta genetics for numerous years. And then I came out of that and back into practice to work for a colleague friend of mine, and then now on my own, and what I found, I was always interested in gut health, but what I found was that constipation was just rife, and people were really, I guess, ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it. It took a lot of prodding sometimes to really drill down, that that was an issue for a lot of people. So I guess I’ll just Just quite passionate with making it a light subject. And I can have a bit of a nature that’s a bit awkward and bit dorky and a bit light hearted. And so I kind of wanted to infuse a bit of that into the content that I wrote, you know how I delivered it in my, my social media platforms and you know, jumping on podcast and all the rest of it just to really drive home the message of why constipation is not something that that we should ignore, and to really look at the consequences of leaving those things unattended. And back in the day, I had many, many gut health issues and one of them would be sluggish bowel movements in my late teens, and so, you know, I can totally appreciate that, you know, the feelings behind feeling toxic or sluggish or constipated. And I was always really shy to even talk about those things. I probably wasn’t even aware of my body back there. So yeah, that’s where the passion lies with that. I just kind of wanted to talk about Something that almost feels like a bit of an epidemic at times. And maybe that’s just who I see in clinic because I see a lot of people with those issues. But you know, it’s it’s a big issue.

Natalie K. Douglas 9:09
Yeah, definitely I can so resonate with so much of that story I actually worked for by a studio called number, right? anyone listening that is a practitioner knows that those two are like, kind of the leading Australian supplement companies. At least they were for, I don’t know if they still are in terms of numbers, but definitely the two that most people think of. And similar to you did my own thing burnt out a bit from doing two things at once, and kind of a very similar journey. And yeah, I don’t think it’s just you in terms of what you say I treat. I specialize in thyroid health, and I definitely see a lot of got issues. And it’s funny because I think where there’s not a lot of conversation around what is normal, there’s conversation around what is common, but there isn’t a conversation around what is normal and you’re totally right like some people are just very uncomfortable without discussing it. I mean, some people on and it’s great, but I think, you know, for a lot of clients that I talked to at least, it, they’re not worried if they’re not going to the bathroom every day, whereas I think there’s an assumption that that’s, that’s okay. Like I think constipation a lot of people’s head is like I don’t go for multiple days or weeks. Whereas constipation, at least in my mind is if you’re having anything less than one, you know, complete bowel motion a day, but it’s interesting, isn’t it?

Lynda Griparic 10:33
Oh, totally. And I think, you know, that comes down to a few things, doesn’t it? I remember maybe having a conversation with my parents back in the day and they would say all my doctor said it was fine to go, you know, three times a week. And you know, and I would sit there and debate with them, but they didn’t really understand the consequences of not going and you working with thyroid health, you would you would truly understand that how much constipation can affect our hormones and in impact of I wrote health so You know, the consequences are far and extending if when our when our elimination channels don’t work well, but I think many people maybe do not understand that. And so therefore they’re comfortable with that feeling of not going every day. Some I feel slightly both bloated, some may not have that symptom and may not, you know, recognize that maybe joint pain, or maybe thyroid issues or, you know, resistant weight loss as being an issue or having constipation as being one of its drivers. And so, you know, that’s where the education comes into it, doesn’t it? You know, yeah, like me leaving it something with the car on attended, because I’m like, well, it still works. So here’s my debate. And then it totally crashes because I have no idea why I should have checked on that in the first place.

Natalie K. Douglas 11:48
Yeah, I know, I think constipation is one of those things that I don’t know sometimes I’m like, how do people ignore it? I mean, because I had a lot of gut issues growing up myself and I was chronically constipated one quite like I went it I’m totally have no filter but and got an abdominal scan and there was like fecal impacts up in like, like off towards my ribs almost and it was like horrible I ended up having a parasite h pylori at that time. But it’s just crazy like how much constipation can make you feel sluggish and you kind of don’t realize how amazing you can feel when you are having regular bowel motions and everything digestive Lee is functioning well. It’s kind of like this newfound liberation when it happens.

Lynda Griparic 12:35
Yes, absolutely. Yeah.

Kate Callaghan 12:38
That was a really good point that you just touched on then net in terms of gut health when things are working well, we feel really good. And we really wanted to pick your brain a little bit more Linda about how our gut health impacts our mood and how the bugs in our belly the microbiome impacts our mood. Can we talk a little bit more about that in the relationship between the two place?

Lynda Griparic 12:58
Yeah, absolutely. If I go on a tangent places rein me back in.

Well, there’s many ways that the gut microbiome communicates with the brain and vice versa. It’s not a one way street, you know, the brain communicates with the gut as well. So the ways in which they communicate with each other, and I’m going to break some of these down, but in a nutshell, it’s through your microbial metabolites, like B vitamin production because your microbiome or your bacteria produces B vitamins. And then you’ve got things like beauty, right, which is the short chain fatty acid, and again, I’m going to go through all these specifically in a moment. So obliterate is one way that they communicate with each other. The Vagus nerve, which many people have heard about, is a way in which they communicate with each other. And that’s basically that long wandering nerve that, you know, starts in the brainstem and then moves all throughout the organs and into the digestive system. You’ve got other other things like intestinal permeability, so that when that’s compromised, for example, That is one way in which the gut can communicate with the brain because we’re looking at LPs and that’s another thing that I want to get into in a moment LPs being lipid poly saccharine, otherwise known as NO toxin, the production of neurotransmitters so our bugs our gut bugs produces neurotransmitters like Gabba and serotonin and dopamine and noradrenaline. Insulin resistance is another way that it communicates with the brain end. Also, what we, what people may not be familiar with is this pathway called the chi nearing pathway. So our gut microbiome and production of things like LPs, again, which I’ll get into in a moment, which is probably what the hell is that is that those things can compromise the way in which tryptophan is broken down, tryptophan is broken down. Generally we want it to be broken down to five, five HTP and then serotonin. Making serotonin more available to us. And you know creating more production of serotonin and serotonin so that you know that feel good hormone. So when that the gut microbiome is out of balance or when there’s an excess of say LPs in the system that in detox senior, we can shut the trip to tryptophan in a different pathway, which is the current neuronal pathway, which makes less serotonin more available to us as a human. So therefore that alters the mood. So those a bit of a summary, but did you want me to get into some of those in particular, because that’s just me spraying it all out there in the different in the ways in which they communicate with each other?

Natalie K. Douglas 15:44
Yeah, yeah, I think that’s really interesting. I think probably the first place to start is maybe explaining what LPs is and maybe expand on the involvement of LPs in terms of what what it does in our body.

Lynda Griparic 16:00
Yeah, absolutely. So, LPs is like a structural component of the external membrane of gram negative bacteria. And, you know, some of the bacteria that are Gram negative may be eco life, for example, but there are many more. So as bacteria die off, and bacteria actually have a short lifespan as they die off, LPs is shared into the lumen, and it can create numerous things in the body. Now, we all have a certain amount of LPs in the gut, however, the amount differs and we only really want miniscule amounts, it’s when it’s in excess, it can create a problem. And so it can create systemic inflammation, for example, and we know that those that have depression have this underlying low grade systemic inflammation going on. It can also impact the blood brain barrier. It can also, you know, affect, you know, cause things like Brian inflammation and again that can contribute to alterations in the mood. It can also affect the intestinal permeability, so otherwise known as leaky gut. And that’s a bit of a vicious cycle. Because when we have LPs we get inflammation in the gut and that can create leaky gut. And that leaky Enos leads to more LPs going into the bloodstream and therefore inflammation but that inflammation and the endo Taksim, you that LPs in the blood is called endo talk Samia that can create leaky guts and that’s a bit of a vicious cycle. So LPs kind of underpins a lot of the mood alterations and can really affect the way in which we feel in the way of depression and anxiety. Did you want me to get into like, say ways in which we end up with higher levels of LPs, like certain things like diet and other things like that, because that will probably land for people to

Kate Callaghan 17:57
you’re going to be great and also How you know if someone’s actually struggling with this? I mean, we know that things like anxiety and depression and multifactorial. So how do you know that it’s the LPS and the inner child senior causing these issues or or contributing to these issues? What are some warning signs for you?

Lynda Griparic 18:17
Yeah, I guess you definitely want to be looking at some symptoms, so I can get into that. But you also, I mean, luckily, some of the newer the meta genetic stool testing actually shows LPs in the system. So certain parameters I guess you want to be looking at when it comes to store testing, for example, that may indicate that someone may have you know, issues with depression or anxiety and obviously going to be looking at their symptoms and what they’re telling you as well. But you might see inflammatory markers like CRP, interleukin six, you might be looking at, you know, leaky gut parameters as well. So the lecture listen and men at all times. would be one way. Other things you know, when it comes to I’m just thinking dietary wise if you’re looking at someone’s diet if they’re been shrinking, for example, or if they’re having an excessive amount of alcohol that can impact the gut lining and integrity, but can also increase blood levels of LPs when they’re using medications such as non steroidal anti inflammatories, such as like ibuprofen, or even, you know, pp eyes that can increase LPs concentrations because it really does disturb the intestinal lining and permeability. If someone’s got like a very Western diet that is high in fat and low in fibers and you know, prebiotic rich foods and resistant starch that can certainly lead to higher levels of LPs in the system. And the reasons why is that and what I’m talking about higher fat levels that could include things like even animal fats are saturated fats and even coconut oils, you know being being included in that saturated fat picture. And I know a lot of us these days are eating lots of those foods. And if we’re having excessive amounts of them, what we might be doing is affecting the gut lining and integrity. And again, I mentioned that if there is that leaky gut present, we can be creating more LPs concentration in the blood, but also we could be producing lots of bacteria that go into the phylum of proteome, bacteria and back to royalties. And these particular bacteria is love to feed off bile. So not necessarily feeding off fat altogether, but when you’re eating lots of fats, you’re producing more bile to break down that fat and so these bacteria like to feed off the bile. So for eating lots of fats, we’re producing more of these bacteria that are Gram negative bacteria that contain LPs. Hopefully that makes sense that makes sense. Yeah. You guys be looking at that in the stool as well, like I do they have high levels of pro bacteria and vector royalties and those sorts of phylum. But I guess you know, you want to be marrying it up with their Cyst Symptoms, you want to be looking at those parameters in the blood as well as those inflammatory parameters in the blood as well as the store testing would be what I would be. And I would always just be looking at the symptoms I will be looking at, you know, looking at their diet, looking at what they might be experiencing, what sort of inflammatory symptoms like depression or anxiety are they experiencing, but are they experiencing other things like bloating or joint pain or, you know, those sorts of things? It’s interesting that sorry, that you

Natalie K. Douglas 21:45
were to like go. I’m going

Kate Callaghan 21:47
on a little tangent. So you mentioned the excess fats. And I think that’s really interesting to just touch on there. Because you know, in the last 10 or so years, we’ve really been given that permission to go back to eating those Traditional fats and some of those saturated fats but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think we’ve taken it to the extreme? You know, we’ve gone Okay, we can now we know these fats aren’t going to give us heart disease and know that we’re just going to eat all the fat all the time, because there’s no issue but what I think we just touched on then is we can have too much and that can negatively affect target.

Lynda Griparic 22:21
Yeah, absolutely. And yeah, I think we A lot of us have gone too far me included. I mean, I did my store test and I tell the story often because it’s a personal experience of this LPs situation. So that’s why I’m so passionate about it, because we’re using you know, say for example, coconut oil, butter and ghee, which are great. I’m not saying no saturated fats or together they’re awesome for us. But just in moderate amounts, and you know, argument around saturated fats, your olive oils, your macadamia nut oils, your avocados and those sorts of things. But my stool test I think it was last you showed quite a bit of these bile eating bacteria. And so I would assume at the time I was using a 16 SR in a stool testing you know, didn’t show the LPS concentrations but I was producing a lot of these Gram negative bacteria that would be creating LPs high levels of LPs concentrations in my blood. So by Ophelia Wadsworth here and various different species and so I changed my diet through the guidance of a health practitioner because we all need only that. And I was having lots of coconut oil, lots of ghee, lots of butter, you know, lots of animal protein, you know, lots of those things and yes, all still having olive oil, love olive oil and avocado and all the rest of it, but it was probably more skewed in the saturated fat direction. So recently, I just did a stool test and I’ve been my diets probably changed in the last five months where I’ve started to increase the mono unsaturated fats and decrease my saturated fat. And I’m started to bring in big gasp everyone a bit of legumes. And I know that Yeah, so I’ve started to bring in well I know I actually do as well. So I started to bring in you know, so well selected legumes like you know and well prepared you know, making sure that you know, you’ve broken them down with soaking it overnight or if you’ve bought you know, really good organic brand like Cerise organics, you know, knowing they’re sitting in the water, so for example, the lentils for some time and then you rinse it off thoroughly. So I’ve brought in certain legumes here and there, just to start to improve those concentrations in my diet because I wasn’t getting a lot of legumes, to be honest, I hadn’t had it for a long time. So I started to bring in lentils, black beans, maybe a bit of chickpeas. And those were the main ones and after four to five months, my beauty right levels had increased and beautiful Right, which I mentioned before is one way that the microbes communicate with the brain. You’re right is a short chain fatty acid, and it’s like the main fuel source for your intestinal lining like your cult colonic cells. And so it really helps to support the gut lining and integrity, but it’s also really anti inflammatory as well. And it helps to really decrease levels of LPs concentrations in the blood, which is really important. So my beauty right levels had increased because I was bringing more of that sort of resistant starch Enos and those sort of fiber rich probiotic rich foods into my diet. my diet was very heavy in vegetables, which was awesome. It was always that way, but it was lacking those other forms of prebiotic fibers. So that had increased but also those proteome bacteria, those pro inflammatory Gram negative bacteria is had decreased dramatically. So my microbiome had shifted to one and my LPs concentrations because I’m now using a shotgun marriage nomics, which shows LPs concentrations, the LPS concentrations were miniscule. So I changed it dramatically within, you know, four to five months, because I had changed a lot of those parameters that really increase LPs concentrations in the blood. Did I got some tension there? But yes, I think to answer your question, yes, I think that we do take it to him. And I certainly did, like I love that I really do. And I think that it just needed to, I probably went too far with, you know, those were my main cooking fats, butter and ghee, and you know, coconut oil, and probably a lot of people would resonate with that or they’re making, you know, paleo desserts with a bucket load of coconut oil and, you know, that sort of thing.

Natalie K. Douglas 26:52
Yeah, I think that’s Yeah, it’s a good point. And I definitely have had that same experience. I went too far in the other direction at once. point as well, but I think a question I have because I’m just thinking of the listeners listening as listeners do.

Lynda Griparic 27:11
wouldn’t have noticed if

Kate Callaghan 27:14
I was having a chuckle.

Natalie K. Douglas 27:17
Maybe there’s something wrong with my brain got crew to coach.

So I guess I treat a lot of people with Zeebo and parasites and for a lot of those people listening, they would get really symptomatic if they just started increasing these kind of really resistant starch and fiber rich food. So if you have someone that comes to you who perhaps is eating a higher fat diet because they can’t ate higher kind of fiber foods because it gives them such digestive discomfort, what would be the process that you’d recommend for them in terms of being able to get to a place where they can actually eat something like legumes or higher I guess for the bat food without the symptoms but still getting the benefit of all the wonderful kind of theater a production and healing their colonna site or gut lining.

Lynda Griparic 28:15
Great question and especially I work with CBOE as well so I can completely appreciate that so I think the first thing I would do would I’d I tend to use the the basic diet So for starters, I would check their fats and oils intake like is it more skewed in a saturated fat direction because that’s an easy one that they can change you know, they can change that to be more skewed in the minor one saturated fat that’s not going to really affect the symptom picture when it comes to see but I guess, then you then probably I would look at things I could include like you definitely just make sure you’re getting enough vegetables with every meal, you know, aiming for about two cups, you know, per meal that may not be realistic for breakfast, for example. Bluebird just aiming for around about that much per per main meal of the allowable CBOE friendly vegetable. So you’re getting a bit of fiber then that are going to be feeding your gut bacteria, short chain fatty acids. I would also as part of that by phasing, diet lentils is allowed. So that would really be case by case. So you just want to be looking at Okay, maybe seeing if they can tolerate a really small amount of well prepared lentils. So making sure this so the board is discarded, it’s rinsed Well, all that sort of thing. That’s probably better tolerated for a lot of people, but just small amounts, maybe a teaspoon, maybe a tablespoon in a meal, once every second day, see how you tolerate that. Expect a little bit of gas that’s normal. But hopefully that’s self limiting and that will sort of reduce over time. If they can tolerate it. I know that with my CBOE treatments, and even during the anti microbial treatment, I tend to give partially high July’s guava. And that’s a good way to increase your short chain fatty acids. So you could use certain prebiotic supplements like that some are better tolerated than others. So partially hydro squad gum, I would start at a very low dose, and then increase to the maximum dose that I want to give them because people are going to be responding differently. And it could just be that you’re giving them like, you know, the tip of a knife for a week and increasing it to a quarter of a teaspoon and then increasing it to one teaspoon, you know, on a weekly basis until you get it to a place that you want to get it to an omega three, so things like fish oil, if you really wanted to. I guess if you suspect that there’s higher levels of LPs concentrations in their blood or in their body then you and mega threes in the wave Fisher can be very supportive in a few ways. It really it’s been shown to improve gut microbiome diversity, but it also helps to decrease LPs absorption in the blood. So what saturated fats do is actually bind to LPs and make it I guess they increase the absorption of LPs, whereas the mega threes helps to reduce LPs concentrations in the blood. So those are those probably are the main areas that I would look at when it comes to someone that does suffer with and I wouldn’t go to hell with legumes absolutely not, especially in the early stages. So after you’ve done the anti microbial work, if you’ve reduced the gas levels, to where you want them to be, I would then start to reintroduce some foods eventually. So maybe a couple of months of So, you know, not maybe not straight after treatment, you want to kind of you know, try to avoid that sort of relapse that can happen with CBOE. So you want to keep them on say the face to the by Facebook diet too. So still low afford map Then start to eventually do bit more gut restoration, improve the gut lining and integrity. Because again, like I said, that really supports reducing LPs concentration. So making sure you’re using nutrients that really support the gut lining and integrity. And some of those can be, you know, like I mentioned, the partially hydro squad gum could be glutamine, but at the adequate doses, people just don’t take enough glutamine you actually need 10 grams or more a day, a lot of the supplements out there do not have that amount. Things like vitamin D and zinc are important too. And then I would start to just reintroduce them foods like slowly slowly, maybe bring some well prepared black beans in maybe some sweet potato cooked and cooled and that sort of thing because you can have it in the basic diet you can actually have white potato and phase two so you could probably bring that cooked in called in to give them that resistant starch earlier. So There’s various ways that you could work with that and still support gut restoration and short chain fatty acid production. Hopefully there’s some in there that you could that people might want to

Natalie K. Douglas 33:11
tap onto. Yeah, I love that and I also use the hazy diet so if anyone listening it’s from neurology Colby developed it, I believe, for and you can get it from seabird test.com I’m pretty sure people can just download it, even if you’re not a practitioner. But I would obviously always recommend that you work with someone because there’s more to it than just the diet side of things. Because, as you said, Linda, it’s, you know, antimicrobials. It’s rebuilding that gut microbiome and I definitely agree with you you there with the partially modularized blog, um, I find that works really well for people as long as it’s like a start low and go slow kind of situation. And I think another important point which you made is that you know, Little bit of gas when we’re eating these kind of foods, like legumes is normal as long as it’s kind of transient and not, like so uncomfortable and it gives you pain. I think sometimes when people have had a lot of gut issues, and perhaps they’ve gone through a gut treatment protocol, and then we start getting to this reintroduction phase, at the first sign of any gas, they can freak out and think, Oh my god, it’s back. And I think you made a really good point there just like hey, you know what, a little bit of gas is long as it’s transient. And it’s not kind of, you know, large, large amounts and really uncomfortable or really smelly, like, it’s okay, like there are bacteria in there fermenting those carbohydrates and they are going to produce a little bit of gas because I think, yeah, it can kind of get a bit scary for patients sometimes

Lynda Griparic 34:48
totally. And you know, that’s what happened to me to not having like legumes is a big part of my diet for a long, long, long time. you’d imagine if you bring introducing something new into that environment, be changing environment, you know, and so you’re creating these different types of bugs and they’re going to, you know, you altering things. So I expect to have a little bit more guests and maybe an early stage a little bit more bloating as it all starts to adjust. But you’re right, if there’s extreme pain, or if it’s debilitating, like doubling over, you know, really, really uncomfortable, then, and if it persists, then it’s something that you might want to not bring it this stage and do some more repair work before you do start to reintroduce those things.

Natalie K. Douglas 35:31
Yeah, definitely. So I guess in in relation to maybe taking like a slight step backwards in relation to you know, testing with all these kind of situations. I’m particularly interested in how we can actually use door testing to help navigate treatment for a patient that might be you know, having mental health issues in relation to depression or anxiety and that kind of thing. Like what where would you start with that and and what do you see as being useful? In that situation?

Lynda Griparic 36:01
Yeah, absolutely. Great question. And so I, when I’m looking at a stool test, what I really want to be assessing is the diversity of different bacteria in the gut. species richness, I want to be looking at levels of, say, anti inflammatory sort of bacteria, like the killer bacteria and present it to young and bifida bacteria. And so making sure they’ve got enough of that, and they’re not deficient in those particular bacteria because they really are anti inflammatory in the body and they they support us when it comes to because like I said, there is that low grade, systemic inflammation that occurs and depression and anxiety. I’d be wanting to look at levels of those Gram negative bacteria, so Protea bacteria back to avoid at ease, even our stickies and interior bacteria, so those things can indicate that there’s higher levels of LPs in the system, and that we’re producing more systemic inflammation and that might be damage to the gut lining and integrity. And like I said, with the newer, the more sensitive type of store testing, like the shotgun method generics, they can go down to, you know, species and strain level, but they can also show us metabolic pathways and microbial genes, but they can show us LPs concentration specifically. So those are the main things that I’d be looking at when it comes to store testing, just to sort of, and like I said, I’d want to be doing some blood work too. So I probably want to be doing,

you know, looking at the inflammatory markers in their blood, as well.

Kate Callaghan 37:40
Great. And then and so with that information, what are some general things that you would be recommending to help support the gut and the brain relationship for your clients?

Lynda Griparic 37:51
Yeah, there’s a lot of them I’ve probably mentioned already, let’s go over them again. So people can really drive at home and start it today. So I guess the The main things that you want to be doing is you want to be really reducing the inflammation in the body and you want to be producing more of the bifida bacteria and the killer bacteria in species. So certain prebiotic supplements like lecture los, FOS and gos can be supportive in increasing those species but also things like daily consumption of fiber rich foods Polly female rich foods of those colorful ritually you know fruits and vegetables that act as food for bacteria that in produce short chain fatty acids, things like resistant starch. Also, you know, I did mention probiotic like foods also decreasing the amount of fat so decreasing now the saturated fats in the diet can really be supportive. Also making sure that you’re avoiding the Western diet so high fats and low prebiotic rich foods and lower Whole Foods. What else can be between We’re looking at decreasing alcohol intake if you’re if you excessively drink alcohol or if you’re a binge drinker, that can really increase the absorption of things like LPs and interfere with the gut lining and integrity. Official can be really supportive as well. So getting that in a food in food is what a supplementation for some. And those are the main ones and making sure that you not having an excessive amounts of a mega six in your diet because that can increase the absorption of things like LPs. And what will be the main sources of omega six? So you’re like so your vegetable oils would be your main sources of omega six.

Kate Callaghan 39:43
So we’re talking things like canola oil, safflower soybean.

Lynda Griparic 39:47
Absolutely. Yep. What are your

Kate Callaghan 39:49
thoughts on baking with like almond flour and the content of omega six in those what’s what’s your opinion on that?

Lynda Griparic 40:00
Yeah, good question. haven’t really thought about that. I

Oh, I guess in moderation, I wouldn’t be doing it every day I don’t have a big issue. I just make sure that you’re getting really good quality when it comes to your source of the almonds, like preferably organic wherever you can just avoid eating so pesticide

you know, use on them, but you know, what’s your thoughts on them? Sounds like

he’s around that.

Kate Callaghan 40:32
I generally recommend not going overboard with them not going nuts. Because, you know, I like to think of how we would have eaten things back in the day and you generally wouldn’t have a cup or two of ground and so you’re going to check in the oven you would be shelling your almonds yourself and then eating them in small quantities in that whole food form rather than baking them. Temperatures which could potentially negatively impact those polyunsaturated fatty acids isn’t a six fatty acids,

Lynda Griparic 41:06

Kate Callaghan 41:07
Yeah, that’s my thoughts.

Natalie K. Douglas 41:08
Yeah, I agree. I thought I think some people tend to fall in the habit of just kind of like paleo fighting everything in terms of like, Oh, I need like a paleo cookie and I need like a or like I need a raw vegan like dar not and you know, the most common things that are used in those kind of recipes are not flowers. And so I feel like I’m with you guys like moderation is key. It’s not like you have to avoid it completely, but kind of not making it like your daily snack. I think sticking to more on processed Whole Foods is a better way to go for sure.

Lynda Griparic 41:48
Absolutely. Absolutely. And the one thing I did do forget to mention was like, making sure you’re not getting enough of like that free Fritos like the you know, high fructose corn syrup, because that actually does increase the levels of LPs in the system too. And that can include you know that those sort of things you find in like soft drinks or fruit juices or fruit tastes rich drinks, but not whole fruit. So I want to get people to understand it’s not avoiding whole fruit whole fruit is really important and you’ve got the fiber component to it as well. But it’s just the soft drinks and the fruit juices and Fritos for each drink that you want to be kind of, you know, decreasing in your life.

Kate Callaghan 42:26
Yep. on dates. I know a lot of people will make baked goods with dates. And then there’s a big camp of saying no dates. I don’t have a particular opinion on this, but I would like to.

Lynda Griparic 42:36
Yeah. I think what you were saying before though, like in moderation, you know, absolutely in moderation. I don’t think dates are something that should be like an everyday handful consumption sort of thing. I think, you know, if you have a date in a smoothie here and there, no big deal. But again, it goes down with the whole paleo raw foods thing. People are just probably bubbly. I don’t know if they’re doing it much anymore but in the early days and those roll treats don’t come out there was a bucket loaded dates and nuts and nut butters and all the rest of it in those things. But I’d say in moderation because I would think that that would start to really interfere with your blood sugar balance having a bucket load of dates every day.

Natalie K. Douglas 43:19
Yeah, get your dates elsewhere everybody I think like it’s it does it adds up really quickly and there I don’t know about you guys, but those like date ball things are addictive. No, like, I find it very hard to just have one little tiny date ball and then be like, Okay, I’m satisfied. I am.

Lynda Griparic 43:38
Like, somebody hide. But once you talk,

like Pringles

Natalie K. Douglas 43:48
think that. One other thing I’m curious about your experience with particularly in clinic. I don’t know if you say it much, but what’s your opinion on the gut health of people following a Long term or motor Aug medium term ketogenic diet, because I think that there’s a lot of benefits to keto in some situations. But I’m also interested to hear the you know, the opposite side of that, Kate and I speak a lot about it in relation to hormones and that side of things, and also thyroid health. Is it not being the best option in that situation? But what about for gut health? What’s your opinion they’re experiencing in practice?

Lynda Griparic 44:27
I love this question. And I’m with you there like I really do. I think that there are so many different varieties of the keto diet isn’t there, I mean, people, but for the most part, I think that these particular diets to the keto diet was designed therapeutically, you know, for short term, I personally don’t think it’s a long term diet that wants to stay on. And in fact, like a very high protein and very low carb diet can decrease beauty right and be the right producing bacteria and that’s that short change fatty acids that we love, and we want more off because it protects the gut lining and integrity and is anti inflammatory to the body. So I would be kind of cautious of going keto, for a long period of time. I think if you’re using it therapeutically, for a short period of time, under the guidance of health practitioner, great, but I don’t see it as being beneficial for the gut microbiome long term at all. And having said that, you know, and this might be controversial to like, I don’t think low find that for a long period of time is is great for the gut microbiome either. You know, so I think, you know, that’s my stance on keto, I think we lot of us have just jumped on the bandwagon and a jump using it long term, because maybe it has led to some weight loss or you know, the rest of it, but like you said, it can really interfere with hormonal health. And and I’ve seen that in practice, absolutely. But also gut microbiome. And again, I can be an example of that, because I went very locate, I went pretty keto, very low carb for a long time, and again, started to see all of those parameters in my microbiome that works fantastic for my overall health, even though physically, I wasn’t presenting with any major symptoms, like eventually that probably would have caught up to me. So yeah, that’s where I stand with the kiddo. I think it serves a purpose. But again, just a therapeutic purpose, not a not a lifestyle.

Natalie K. Douglas 46:31
Yeah, and we do there and I agree with the life I’d nap thing Long, long tail, I’ve had lots of people come to me and they’ve been following the low format diet for years to manage their symptoms. And I think if you’re finding that you need to follow a low format diet to manage your symptoms, you need to go after the root cause because once you fix that, I find you know, you can expand your diet so much more and without symptoms. I think that you know, need To follow a low fat diet is a hint to you that there’s, you know, an overgrowth and imbalance or something there that needs addressing. And again, it should be a short term therapeutic intervention type thing and then expand, to be able to kind of include the most amount of foods with the least amount of symptoms, and it is totally possible. But I think working with someone in that kind of situation is really important because even just I’m just thinking, like, listening to this people are probably like, Oh my gosh, like, there’s so many options and there’s, you know, there’s benefits to this. There’s benefits to that there’s this test, there’s that strategy. So I really think, you know, when it comes to gut stuff, certainly there are things that you can practically implement yourself but working with someone if you do find that you still have issues after you’ve, you know, implemented some of the basic strategies of anti inflammatory and trying to expand prebiotic foods and then you know, if you run into a bit of a battery They’re definitely investing time and money into getting it sorted out. Because once it’s sorted, it’s very easy to maintain good gut health. Once you’ve got more balance there, which is that what you see Linda?

Lynda Griparic 48:13
Yeah, definitely. And I like what you said there, I think. And you might have experienced this as well, when you might have someone that has come into the clinic they might have, they might have have done a, you know, food sensitivity test, and they’ve ripped out all these foods from their diet. And maybe they’ve gone on some antimicrobials but they’ve done nothing to look at what is driving the fact that they’re sensitive, or they’ve become newly sensitive to all of these foods. There’s been no gun restoration work or investigation on why that is happening. There’s just been let’s take it all out. Let’s kill off something and let’s keep killing, killing, killing, killing, killing. And so I’ve had to often go in there and say, Okay, well what sort of got restoration work could be done. It’s not It’s not good enough to just come off the foods for Like why why can’t you tolerate this now? Yeah, well to there’s a reason for that. So and we don’t want someone starting to become so narrow like we want to be able to get as much of a diverse diet as much as we can to to create all these different types of bacteria that have multiple different functions in the body that support our overall health.

Natalie K. Douglas 49:23
Yeah, a great I’m not a huge fan actually did a post about this the other day, I’m not a huge fan of food intolerance testing on me too. Because I just think if you’ve got leaky gut, which most people do, if they’ve got any form of got your information, then of course you are going to have food intolerances and we can do a food intolerance test and then we can take out those foods that you’re intolerant to but all all that will happen is the ones that you start eating the most of next will be the ones that you start to become intolerant to because you haven’t actually addressed why there’s a leaky got in the first place. I think it can be like sexy and attractive to do a food intolerance. Test and be like, oh, can’t eat these foods, but it doesn’t really solve the kind of root cause of it all. I think you’re better off investing in a really good kind of stool test or if you’re a big red flag for saber that investing in the saber breath test as opposed to a food intolerance test in most situations. Absolutely.

Lynda Griparic 50:22
It’s almost just like a band aid treatment but and I get that it gives relief to people. So I get that when you start to remove these foods that you’ve that has come up to be a bit of a sensitivity for you. You then go okay, I feel I feel great. I feel good. I’ve got less into the less bloated less gassy. You know, I get that but there’s, there’s that’s not enough. That’s just, you know, mopping up the water on the floor sort of thing. We’re not turning it off at the tap. So yeah, I’m with you there. I’m very, very rarely if at all to the food sensitivity testing.

Natalie K. Douglas 50:57
Yeah. I mean, if people have like money to just throw every That unless you’re like, I love testing so you want to do it then we can but in like most people like when it comes to functional testing in my experience can only afford usually one one test. And so, like a decision between, for me a stool test or a CBOE breath test, and sometimes To be honest, I do struggle with that decision of when they’re coming back with symptoms of both. What do I What do I test if they can only afford one? I would, I’m interested in your opinion on this if that if that happens to you as well. I mean, for me, I would say most of the time if they’re coming back with red flags, before both like CBOE and maybe a parasite or despises I usually lean towards the store testing because I get more information. And then, but yeah, I do definitely struggle with that decision. Sometimes I’m interested. Do you have that experience or what’s your kind of thought process there?

Lynda Griparic 51:59
I’m definitely Yo, if I could do both that would be ideal. But, again, I if they have if they coming up with all of this, like many of the symptoms of CBOE and some of their past history show that they might have had a post infectious gastroenteritis or something going on and something yells at me that Yeah, okay, you just really need to figure out a see both present because I might tend to go there first because I’ll then because the treatment for that is very specific, as you know. Yeah. So it’s like, okay, I just want to roll that out that that exists. And it’s it’s usually less expensive tests as well. Yeah, at least, like any less expensive by little amount, but it’s, it’s, I want to roll that out because that treatments really, really specific, but I definitely think, you know, eventually, if that comes out as being negative, and they’re still experienced quite it quite a bit of symptoms that I will, you know, encourage them to do the store test when they can afford to do it. So we can get a bigger picture of the large Bell and what’s going on in there.

Natalie K. Douglas 53:03
Yeah, totally. And which if you don’t mind me asking which stool test Do you use at the moment? And is it one that patients can order without a practitioner? Or do people need a practitioner to order it?

Lynda Griparic 53:14
So the two ones that I have used lately, so I used to use the 16 s RNA sequencing technique, and I used to use the smart gut microbiome testing. So that can be ordered online through smart God, I think, but you would need to go through a practitioner to do the interpretation, as you know. Yeah, and but now at the moment, I use the shotgun marriage and I mix by microbiome, because it’s a little bit like I said it that it gets to the species and even the strain level, and it’s a little bit more sensitive. So it detects genes from bacteria, RKR, fungi, protozoa, and viruses and it can determine the abundance so it’s a little bit more sensitive and specific, and yes, they can do it online. But again, You’d want someone to interpret those results to you, because you wouldn’t know what to do with half of the information on there. Totally,

Natalie K. Douglas 54:08
totally smacking it another degree. I agree I, I love using kind of the DNA sequencing type ones and I’ve been using lately. And I’m always open to changing because I think there’s, there’s kind of pros and cons to every kind of gut test you do really like in terms there’s not one perfect one is, so I’ve been using the GI map lately, the one I designed for health and I find that quite useful. It also tells you beta glucose today’s levels, which is in I guess, for me, when I’ve got a lot of patients that have hormonal dysregulation, it is an interesting thing to see. But I’m going to look into the ones that you mentioned because I have I have used smart gut before but I haven’t used the other one and yeah, they’re all so so interesting, but totally like, if anyone was This one by themselves, like, you just, it’s impossible. like you’d look at it and be like, Okay, I have no idea except for maybe if they give you some kind of indicator, but really the lack of the gold is in the detail for a lot of these things. So it’s really important that you do get a practitioner to kind of help you along that path.

Lynda Griparic 55:18
Yeah, absolutely. I agree. I personally

Kate Callaghan 55:21
am quite excited about doing my own gut testing because I’ve been pregnant and breastfeeding for the past five years and now I’m not so I’m going to get

Lynda Griparic 55:28
booted Oh, I look at your poo. Have you have you?

Have you read Dr. Oscar Sarah likes book The postnatal depression cure

Kate Callaghan 55:39
know and not that you would need it you probably have supported yourself

Lynda Griparic 55:41
prior during and after no down

Kate Callaghan 55:44
yet. No, I did actually see that I screen my screenshot something the other day. I was just looking at like a screenshot that it was because of that book. So thank you for the reminder. The book is here postnatal depression and who was the author?

Lynda Griparic 55:55
Dr. Oscar Sarah, like him on my podcast. He’s awesome. And yeah, he speaks Very much to the depletion that happens to women post birth. And that can last for up to 10 years. You know, and I guess you know, you, but you know, for someone that’s been supporting their health pre during and after, then you know, it’s not a given for every single woman. But for those that are quite healthy, they’re probably less likely to be experiencing those symptoms, but it’s awesome. It’s really good, really supportive for women who think that they’re going crazy because they feel so tired and they feel depleted.

Kate Callaghan 56:32
Yeah, yeah. And they just accept it. So definitely something that we should all look into. Maybe we’ll have to get you back to talk about postnatal depression. But before we let you go, this has been awesome. So much information. Is there anything else that you’d like to share with our listeners?

Lynda Griparic 56:50
Um, I guess

probably the The only thing I would say. I mean, we do cover a lot but the only thing I would say is to you know, don’t ignore your symptoms. Whether it be digestive symptoms or whether it be mental health, that you feel is a bit under par, like anxiety or depression, you know, seek the support of a health practitioner, there’s always some place that you can start regardless of your financial situation. And it can really make a huge impact in your life. And you know, who’s got this? Who knows, only got one life but we beat you know, we want to live the best quality of this life as we’ve got it. So you know, you might as well seek the support and get some assistance so that you can start to change and increase the quality of your life. And your best life starts to paint your best life. Yes, that’s absolutely yes. And that’s one thing I would like to say though, the bowel movements you want to make sure that you’re moving your bowels every day for you get help. That’s absolutely what you want to be doing. Otherwise, you’re just recycling hormones and toxic waste and increasing inflammation and leaky gut and all the rest of it. I cannot believe I left that out.

We just started talking about it

Natalie K. Douglas 58:04
also releases endorphins. So you’re missing out on a good time every day.


Kate Callaghan 58:12
Why are we leaving all this good stuff to the

Lynda Griparic 58:16

Kate Callaghan 58:17
What’s wrong with us?

Natalie K. Douglas 58:20
So funny. All right, Linda. So where can people find you? And what kind of like what services do you offer? Tell everyone. Yeah, how they can get more of your brain.

Lynda Griparic 58:31
Beautiful. Say thank you. And so my website, Linda grip rich.com is probably the best place to find me. Lots of content on there. You can also obviously schedule an appointment if that sounds like something you’d want to do. But also I do have a podcast channel as well called Love and guts. And we go through lots of stuff related to gut health, but lots of other topics in the way of health and wellness and so and yeah, better mateys. So I do actually have a tea to help encourage boundaries. Believe it or not, so my website is probably the best place to find me.

Natalie K. Douglas 59:06
Awesome. Well, thank you so much for sharing an hour with us to talk about to we definitely appreciate it and so much good information in there and really exciting to know that, yeah, if people want to learn more, you do actually have a podcast. And I think we will pop all of that in in the show notes and hopefully have you back on to to share some more about lots of different topics. So thank you, and we will speak to you soon.

Lynda Griparic 59:35
Thanks so much guys have had a lot of fun and let’s see I really great to meet you both.

Kate Callaghan 59:39
Yeah to you, Linda. Thank you so much. Thanks for tuning in to the

Intro 59:43
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Natalie K. Douglas | Thyroid Healer

Natalie K. Douglas | Thyroid Healer

Natalie K. Douglas ("Nat") is a Holistic Dietitian and Nutritionist dedicated to Thyroid, gut and hormone healing.

Nat shows stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed women how to value their worth again, change their mindset habits, prioritize healing, and reclaim their vitality. Guaranteed.

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Kate Callaghan | The Holistic Nutritionist

Kate Callaghan | The Holistic Nutritionist

Kate Callaghan is a Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach who specializes in women's hormone healing.

She recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” diet or “magic bullet” which is going to cure all illnesses.

She focuses on having a thorough understanding of your personal goals, needs, likes/dislikes, support networks and lifestyle in order to create a food and lifestyle approach that suits YOU.


Lynda Griparic | Naturopath & Creator of BetterMe Tea

Lynda Griparic | Naturopath & Creator of BetterMe Tea


Lynda Griparic is a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Podcaster, Writer and Yoga teacher with close to 20 years of experience in the health industry. Lynda specialises in digestive health, namely SIBO and constipation.

She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of gut disturbance. Lynda has an intense interest in poo and she’s also the creator of the delicious BetterMe Tea a tea designed to promote improved gut health and digestion – assisting those who struggle with constipation and sluggish bowel movements to go to the bathroom with ease.


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