The Gut Brain Connection

In this episode we’re joined by Sharon Holand Gelfand, a Holistic Function Nutritionist and author of “The Gut Method.” As Sharon puts it, she didn’t find gut health – gut health found her. She actually started out in banking and finance, but when her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, she decided to pursue further education in functional nutrition. What she discovered was the gut-brain connection.

Sharon also had health issues herself, including IBS, eczema, hypoglycemia, and consistent immune dysfunction. The more she learned, the more small changes she implemented. As she made these small changes, she got better. With her newfound knowledge, her son was better able to manage his symptoms as well.

There is new and fascinating research about the gut-brain connection . Food doesn’t just influence how you feel in your body, but it also impacts your mental health. We discussed a new study regarding gut inflammation and prevalence of mental health issues. It’s more important now than ever to acknowledge and appreciate just how powerful the food we put in our body can be. 

In The Gut Method, Sharon shares her story and helps the reader identify patterns so that they feel empowered to make changes instead of getting overwhelmed. The book also touches on gut mapping and how it can be a very useful tool for evaluating overall health. 

We talk about the changes Sharon made in her life, especially since going through menopause. Specifically, sensitivities to certain things, including alcohol. Sharon has adjusted her life accordingly, and she rarely drinks like she did before. Putting her health first is always worth it.

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About the Host

I too, struggled in my late 40s when I hit peri-menopause! I was experiencing all those not-so-fun physical changes in my body, as well as mental and emotional fatigue. What worked for me before was not working anymore. 

And the mainstream wellness advice I was following was not for women my age but for women years younger. I also realized very quickly that there is no one formula that works for all women. We are all different and need a customized approach. This aha moment was the first step to my transformation…