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Love & Guts

Jan 3, 2020

#134 Dr Jason Hawrelak is a research scientist, educator, naturopath and Western herbalist with more than 18 years’ clinical experience. Jason practices at Goulds Natural Medicine, a 136-year-old natural medicine apothecary and clinic located in central Hobart. He did his Honours and PhD degrees examining the causes of dysbiosis and the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the gut microbiome and has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters.

He is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and was recently awarded a Fellowship from the American College of Nutrition for his significant contributions to the teaching and practice of nutrition in Australia and North America. Jason is also a Fellow of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. He is Chief Research Officer at, which offers a searchable database that enables easy, evidence-based prescribing of probiotic products and online resources for clinicians, and health-conscious members of the public, to learn more about the human microbiome and how they can positively influence these ecosystems.

I always love chatting to this man, so much so that I have had him on twice before. On episode 15 and 49 where we got into pre and probiotics and the vaginal microbiome.

In this episode we cover

  • How the gut microbiota influences the mood
  • How LPS and endotoxemia are involved
  • How  insulin resistance and kynurenine pathway alterations influence
  • How chronic stress negatively impacts GIT microbiota
  • What dietary practices negatively impact our microbiota and therefore our mood
  • How we can support the gut and brain relationship
  • How stool testing can help navigate treatment for a depressed or anxious individual
  • And loads more