This timely episode focuses on what we can all do to help support immune health and fortify the body against viruses at this crucial time in history. It may surprise you that I’ve asked not an infectious disease specialist but a gastroenterologist to talk to us about this subject.
Dr. Ken Brown is on the front lines of both the research and medical aspects of the virus we’re facing. The research we do have shows there are important gastrointestinal aspects to this virus and how to combat it. Dr. Brown explains how polyphenols may act against not just viruses, but the bacteria that often goes along it and might a key cause of some severe respiratory distress.
I’m grateful to Dr. Ken Brown for being with us today and sharing how we can apply this research at home with our families.
Episode Highlights With Dr. Ken Brown
- Differences between SARs, COVID-19, and other viruses
- How some viruses that attack the lungs also bind to the gut
- A key symptom of coronavirus we aren’t hearing about, but should
- Polyphenols: what they are and why they are “Mother Nature’s secret weapon”
- A new term to add to the gut health lexicon: postbiotics and why they are important
- The bacterial infection Prevotella that accompanies some viral infections
- Why ACE-2 receptors in your lungs have everything to do with how you respond to the virus
- The connection between gut health and oral care
- Reasons virologists are studying the role of zinc in antiviral action
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Atrantil (use this link for Wellness Mama discount)
- 96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown (previous podcast)
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- CBD – Ojai or Sol
- The Cat Who Went to Heaven
- Sulforaphane Benefits: How It Slows Aging, Fights Cancer & More
- 327: Optimizing Gut Health to Keep the Immune System Strong With Tina Anderson
- Dr. Brown & Eric Rieger open with an assessment of COVID and the HC community
- Dr. Brown & Eric discuss early GI problems with COVID onset
- Dr Akerman Joins Dr Brown to discuss in depth GI implications
- Pulmonary Physiology and COVID to Cytokine Storm talk
More From Wellness Mama
- 322: A Common-Sense Approach to Coronavirus & COVID-19 with Pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song
- 329: How to Slow Aging, Fight Inflammation, & Improve Cellular Signaling With Brian Dixon
- 244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson
- 228: Using Buddies in My Belly to Teach Kids About Health
- Remedies and Supplements I Take
- Do You Have a Stinking Gut? (And Why You Should Want One)
- My Common-Sense Guide to Viruses and Pandemics (for Moms)
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