Rebecca Coomes The Healthy Gut with Dr Jason Hawrelak on Microbiota and SIBO

The Healthy Gut Podcast Ep.24

Microbiota and SIBO with Dr Jason Hawrelak

A healthy, balanced microbiota  is an invaluable piece of our health puzzle when we are treating SIBO. This week Rebecca is joined by Dr. Jason Hawrelak, a naturopath and herbalist, who is an expert on the microbiota. He and Rebecca talk about the part  that our gut bacteria plays in our overall health. They talk about the role that pre and probiotics play in the treatment of, and recovery from, SIBO. Dr. Hawrelak tells Rebecca more about about why and when we should use them during SIBO treatment, and why sometimes they should not be taken.

In Today's Episode

In Episode 24 of The Healthy Gut Podcast, we discuss:

✓ Why a healthy, balanced microbiota is important to our health

✓ How infections in our gut, treated with antibiotics, can hinder rather than help our health

✓ How to tell whether your microbiota is balanced and functioning correctly

✓ What bacteria we want in our GI tract, and what we don’t want there

✓ The role that bacteria plays in our GI tract

✓ Pre and probiotics and how they work in the gut, and when we should take them or avoid them

✓ How pre and probiotics can be supportive whilst treating SIBO

✓ Why you should work with a practitioner to find the right pre and probiotics to use

✓ What to do if pre/probiotics cause you to have a flare up

✓ The role fermented foods play in your SIBO treatment?

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Rebecca Coomes The Healthy Gut with Dr Jason Hawrelak on Microbiota and SIBO

Connect with Dr Jason Hawrelak

Dr Jason Hawrelak is a researcher, lecturer, naturopath and Western herbalist with more than 17 years’ clinical experience. Jason practices at Goulds Natural Medicine, a 136-year-old natural medicine apothecary and clinic located in central Hobart. He did his PhD examining the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the GUT microbiota and has written extensively in Australian and International textbooks and journals on these topics. He is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and was recently awarded a Fellowship from the American College of Nutrition for his significant contributions to the teaching and practice of nutrition in Australia and North America. In March 2017, he was granted a Fellowship from the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia in recognition of his work advancing the fields of herbal and naturopathic medicine in Australia. Jason is also Head of Research at, a resource designed to enable easy, evidence-based prescribing of probiotic products.

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About The Host

Rebecca Coomes is an author, entrepreneur, passionate foodie and intrepid traveller. She transformed her health after a lifetime of chronic illness, and today guides others on their own path to wellness. She is the founder of The Healthy Gut, a platform where people can learn about gut health and how it is important for a healthy mind and body and coaches people on how to live well with SIBO. Rebecca is the author of the world’s first cookbooks for people treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and the host of the SIBO cooking show and The Healthy Gut podcast.

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2 thoughts on “The Healthy Gut Podcast Episode 24”

  1. Absolutely fantastic commentary!
    Questions I might have asked….and responses very informative.
    It’s such a relief to know others are deeply concerned with these issues.
    Thank you so much Rebecca and Jason!

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