484: What to Eat & When to Eat to Optimize Your Microbiome | Tim Spector
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Tim Spector (IG: @tim.spector) is a medically qualified Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK registry at King’s College London.
His current work focuses on the microbiome and nutrition, and he is co-founder of the data science company ZOE.
Today, we dive deep into the microbiome, a topic Tim is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about. You’ll learn specifically what to do to heal your gut, starting today.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why can’t we all agree on the optimal diet?
- It’s not an obesity crisis, it’s a food crisis
- The four basic rules to optimize your gut microbe
- What happens in the body after you eat foods high in polyphenols?
- Diets low in fiber wipe out good microbes
- Why you need to eat a diversity of foods
- The gut microbiome protocol Tim used to rebuild his son’s gut diversity
- Tim’s thoughts on probiotic & prebiotic supplements
- The impact of ultra-processed foods on the microbiome
- The effects of antibiotics & pesticides on the gut microbiome
- How Tim became fascinated with the microbiome
- Why are twins' microbiomes so different?
- Studying the gut microbiome of the Hadza tribe in Africa
- A typical day in the life of a member of the Hazda tribe
- Fasting gives your gut microbes a rest
- Short-term vs. long-term benefits of intermittent fasting
- The flexitarian approach to eating 30 plants a week
- Is eating fish healthy for you?
- The truth about fish oil supplements
- Bring back real food + what you can do as a consumer
- How people reacted to Tim’s book, Spoon-Fed
- Choose whole foods over supplements
- What the science says about gluten
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