Ep 51: Beating The Bloat w/ Rachel Everett, RDN
Hello listeners! On today’s episode of The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, Beating the Bloat, I interview Rachel, a registered dietician who practices integrative and functional nutrition. She began her background in pre-medicine until she participated in a class in nutrition, where her eyes opened to this new field of study.
In a nutshell, Rachel’s mission is to educate women on how to manage their IBS symptoms and repair their digestive tract using integrative and non-pharmaceutical methods.
Rachel’s inclination to gut health and integrative nutrition began with her own personal experience with gut issues and IBS, as well as her time working with university students in Dallas, Texas who were suffering from the same issues–especially bloating.
In a nutshell, Rachel’s mission is to educate women on how to manage their IBS symptoms and repair their digestive tract using integrative and non-pharmaceutical methods. Even in graduate school, Rachel admits, bloating was not really addressed during her classes.
She did a lot of self-education and dug into the research of bloating and IBS herself. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) affects people with those diagnosed with IBS, including Rachel. But, before her diagnosis, there was a gap in the education and literature about SIBO and how it can affect those with IBS.
Rachel then discusses bloating: it affects all of us. There is no right or wrong way to feel bloated. There isn’t a “right” collection of symptoms for everyone that will lead them to feel bloated.
On the topic of bloating, Rachel addresses:
Gassiness and overeating
The overlap between people who have IBS and PCOS
Hormones, PCOS, and IBS
As far as the gut goes, the hormones will affect inflammation. Acne, hair growth, and other various PCOS-related symptoms are affected by hormones. They are linked to our monthly cycles. Rachel says bloating may also be related to this rise in estrogen and change in our hormones.
The rest of this podcast centers around SIBO and how to treat it with either antibiotic or a herbal approach. Rachel prefers to recommend the herbal approach when working with her clients who have symptoms of SIBO. It may take multiple rounds of treatment for people to completely get rid of their SIBO, and this will vary based on the individual’s body and gut health.
What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode:
Bloating and IBS: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Tips for managing the bloat and IBS symptoms for those who also have PCOS and SIBO
SIBO: What it is, and how to treat it
Nutritional tips and advice for better gut health
Practicing a holistic lifestyle to promote a healthy gut
Taking the first steps of tackling symptoms
Check out Rachel’s social media: ibs.nutritionist
Additionally, Reach out, and send her a DM, especially if you have questions regarding IBS and beating the bloat!
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