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What A Gastroenterologist Tells His Patients About Probiotics

Gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, are common gastrointestinal symptoms. Many health conscious consumers turn to over-the-counter remedies, like probiotics, for relief. But how do we know if probiotics will help and which probiotic is best. Dr. Emeran Mayer joins us in this episode to explain the gut microbiome and how an imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria can impact our health. He also provides insight on the role of probiotics and whether or not they are beneficial to keeping the gut happy and healthy.

Dr. Mayer

Dr. Mayer is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, and Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA.

He is a world renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist with 35 years of experience. His current research focus on the role of the gut microbiota brain interactions has expanded to emotion regulation, chronic visceral pain, food addiction and obesity, cognitive decline and autism spectrum disorders.

His research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published over 353 peer reviewed scientific articles, including 100 chapters and reviews, co-edited four books, and organized several interdisciplinary symposia in the area of mind body interactions and chronic visceral pain.

He has published the Mind Gut Connection book in 2016 which became a bestseller in Gastroenterology and which has been translated into14 languages.

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