Category: Microbiome

Marissa Elman - Podcasts

Great Podcasts About Health And Fitness

There are so many great ways to learn about fitness today. We’ve always had access to fitness books, but with the introduction of the Internet, it became much easier to consume all forms of media. We now have access to blogs like this one, as well as video websites such as Youtube and one of the most popular media forms today – the podcast. Podcasts can be a great way to learn more about fitness and get all sorts of different perspectives in a bite-sized and passive manner. The problem is that there are so many podcasts available, it can be difficult to choose one! Here’s a list of great health and fitness podcasts to help you out.

Balanced Bites

There are plenty of great podcasts out there about eating and dieting, but Balanced Bites is among the best. This podcast is hosted by Diane, a certified nutritionist consultant, and Liz, a nutritional therapy practitioner, and each episode they feature expert guests. Them and their guests will often discuss paleo diet recipes and tips as well as giving plenty of expert insight on the latest trends as well as answering listeners’ questions.

The Gym Wits

Whether you’re new to fitness or a seasoned expert looking for new perspectives, you should check out The Gym Wits. The show’s hosts are made up of a fitness expert, a fitness enthusiast, and a registered dietitian. Each week they discuss various fitness related topics such as how to build muscle while losing fat, the best classes to take, and much more. Listening to this show will help you learn more about your body as well as give you valuable nutrition and fitness tips to help you achieve all of your aspirations.


We all know that fitness can be difficult, whether you’re new to it or a seasoned veteran. Everyone encounters obstacles in their fitness journey and not everyone is able to overcome them. In Hurdle, host Emily Abbate discusses the obstacles her and her guest hosts have encounter in their own fitness journeys and how they were able to overcome them. This show can be an excellent source of motivation when you’re struggling, as hearing these stories can help you remember that everybody struggles from time to time, and it’s very much possible to succeed.

The Hadza Diet: What is It and Why You Should Consider It

The Hadza Diet- What is it and Why You Should Consider It

The Hadza people are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. For thousands of years, they have lived on the same land in Northern Tanzania living on a diet that consists of berries, tubers, and over 30,000 different mammals. This diet has been making ways around as people are growing more interested in how this diet can have great health benefits.


The Hadza diet primarily consists of eating whatever is found in the wild which include berries, tubers, honey and larvae straight from the comb, and meat from a variety of mammals. The interesting fact about this is that it also varies based on the seasons. During the dry seasons, they typically eat meat and tubers, and during the wet seasons, they eat more berries and honey.


This diet is starting to gain a great deal of attention, especially amongst the gut health-conscious. The reason for this is that through this diet by the Hadza people, they have remarkable healthy microbiomes meaning they have very healthy guts. The Hadza people get one hundred or more grams of fiber per day in their food on average. We typically get about fifteen grams on average. Now, this is not to suggest that you go and live the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The idea is that we need to up the intake of fiber we have per day. Justin Sonnenburg, who is a professor at Stanford University made a statement saying that “Fiber is all that’s left at the very end of our digestive tract where these microbes live, so they have [Hadza people] evolved to be very good at digesting it.” Along with eating more fiber, it is also important to only eat minimally processed foods and have in-season fruits and vegetables readily available.


The hope through this diet is to increase the diversity in one’s microbiome. The research done by Sonnenburg shows that the Hadza people have one of the most diverse microbiomes in the world. They compared stool samples of the Hadza tribe to those of 17 other cultures around the world which included other hunter-gatherer communities in Venezuela and Peru and subsistence farmers in Malawi and Cameroon. Through these samples, the research showed an interesting trend that the further away people’s diets were from a Western diet, the greater the variety of microbes they have in their guts which also includes bacteria that is missing from American guts. So the next time you are considering taking up a new diet, try taking up the ways of the Hadza people.

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