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September 15, 2020 67 min

"Aim to eat as many different kinds of plant foods as possible." - Dr. med. Christian Simma

So many different things influence our health. Be it movement, our social environment or environmental influences. But perhaps the biggest influence is our diet. Especially important in this context is our intestinal health. The intestine is where all the nutrients are absorbed into the body. The digestive system is not just a tube through which food goes in and out, but consists largely of the microbiome. It is so extensive and has such an importance in the body that it is even called the "super organ".

The microbiome is made up of many different microorganisms like bacteria, fungi or viruses (not all viruses are bad) that live in the intestines, but also in the mouth, throat, nose and genitals. The number of microorganisms is almost unimaginable. The majority of cells in the human body are bacteria. If we define ourselves according to this, we are actually more microorganism than human. We need the microbiome to be able to process indigestible dietary fiber. There are no digestive enzymes for dietary fiber and for this we need the microbiome. The microorganisms feed on the starches and can thus multiply and release health-promoting substances into the organism, which leads to a healthy intestine. What a fascinating topic!

In this episode I talk to Dr. med. Christian Simma. He is a general practitioner in Rüthi in the east of Switzerland. Early on he dealt with the topic of nutrition and its effects on health. He goes into his career and shows the connection between western diseases and nutrition. Finally, he deepens the topic around the microbiome and gives tips on how to build a healthy gut flora.

Personally, I think this is a topic that everyone should have heard of at least once. The topic is highly complex and can never be covered within a single podcast episode. I have linked some resources in the Show Notes below. The contact details for Dr. Christian Simma are also linked.

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