S2 EPISODE 30 - IBS: Does It Exist? Insights, Testing & Solutions w/ Ben Brown ND

Season 2 Episode 30, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Ben Brown ND to talk about IBS and pose the question “Does It Really Exist?” Ben will outline the classic definition for IBS and why many experts believe now is the time to rethink the classification of IBS as a syndrome. He’ll then discuss the true root causes of irritable bowel-like symptoms; functional imbalances, lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as nutritional factors. Ben also shares the limitations of standard testing, if there is value in functional medical tests and what clients and practitioners can do to resolve chronic digestive complaints.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    The traditional definition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is disorder of the large intestine that leads to cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. 

2)    Expert now belief IBS is not a syndrome, but rather a collection of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms.

3)    The root causes of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms are varied. Ben Brown ND categorizes them as functional imbalances, lifestyle/environment factors and nutritional factors.

Links to Research Article

Diarrhea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D): Fact or fiction

About Benjamin Brown ND

Ben is a naturopath, nutritionist, science writer and speaker. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations (UK), and is on the Advisory Board of the BCNH College of Nutrition and Health where he is also a lecturer. He regularly features at public speaking events and international conferences. Ben founded timeforwellness.org as a way to connect people with free evidence-based health information focusing on natural and lifestyle medicine for chronic disease prevention and the promotion of optimal health.

S2 EPISODE 15 - Energy Balance, Carb Availability & Micronutrients for Performance w/ Kelly Anne Erdman MS, RD

In Season 2 Episode 15, Dr. Bubbs interviews former Olympian and nutrition expert Kelly Anne Erdman of the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary to talk Nutrition and Athletic Performance. In this episode, Kelly Anne dives into the key role of energy balance and availability, factors that impact energy availability, the crucial role of carbohydrates in high-intensity exercise, glycogen’s direct and indirect role in regulating training adaptations, as well as daily carb requirements depending on your sport, acute fueling strategies, key micronutrients and much more. Terrific insights from Kelly Anne.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  Energy balance is the biggest driver of athletic performance and recovery.

2)  Carbohydrate availability can be manipulated depending on exercise intensity.

3)  Micronutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin D etc. play a role in athletic recovery and performance.

Research & Articles

Nutrition and Athletic Performance

The “Big Rocks” – Kelly Anne’s Tip

Meal frequency – Don’t skip meals or snacks, it will catch up with you later in the day! 

About Kelly Anne Erdman MS, RD

Kelly Anne Erdman is a Performance Dietician at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary and contributing author to the recent Joint Position Statement by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  Dieticians of Canada and American College of Sports Medicine on Nutrition and Athletic Performance. She provides nutrition services forOlympic & World Championship-bound athletes including the following Canadian national teams: Women’s Hockey, Men’s Sledge Hockey, Long Track Speed Skating, Paralympic Cycling, Luge Canada as well as Athletics Canada-Decathlete Damian Warner. Kelly Anne Erdman was herself a member of the Canadian Cycling team from 1985 - 1992, competing in 7 World Championships and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

S2 EPISODE 12 - Assessing Body Composition, Performance Metrics & Biomarkers w/ Dr. Shawn Arent PhD

In Season 2 Episode 12, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Shawn Arent PhD, Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance at Rutgers University. Shawn dives into why body composition testing is important for athletes, compares DEXA/Bodpod/BIA/Calipers, and talks about the importance of consistency and tracking. He also discusses the use of performance metrics to assess athlete development and then take a deep dive into lab biomarkers for health and performance. Great stuff from one of the absolute best in the game!

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)            Body composition is useful metric for sport performance and injury prevention

2)            Performance metrics can be used alongside nutritional interventions to evaluate athlete outcomes

3)            Lab biomarkers serve as valuable tools for identifying individual deficiencies and insufficiencies amongst athletes

Research Links

Workload, Energy Expenditure, and Biomarker Differences in Division I Male and Female Soccer Players: 2078 Board #91 June 1 3

Workload-related Psychological And Physiological Changes In Female College Soccer Players During A Competitive Season: 2096 Board #109 June 1 3 

Shawn’s “Big Rocks”

Take stock in “why” you want to make a change; what is the underlying reason behind that reason. Take the time to peel back the layers to find out.

About Dr. Shawn Arent PhD

Shawn is the Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance at Rutgers University and the current President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Shawn’s also a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance. Follow Shawn on Twitter, and stay up-to-date with The Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance.

S2 EPISODE 3 - Vitamin D, Immunity & Supplementation in Athletes w/ Brian St. Pierre

In Season 2 Episode 3, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Brian St. Pierre MS, Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition, a world leader in nutrition education and coaching. Brian talks functions of vitamin D in the body, its key role in immunity, how much vitamin D you can get from the sun, if you should supplement with vitamin D, lab values for supporting health and athletic performance, vitamin D rich foods and much more. Fantastic insights from Brian, who also shares his experiences working with elite athletes and trainers around the world.

Lay-Ups in This Episode

  1. Vitamin D is actually more of a pro-hormone (not a vitamin).
  2. The sun is far and away the best source of vitamin D, however some foods like deep-water fatty fish, egg yolks and mushrooms contain modest amounts.
  3. If athletes are insufficient or deficient in vitamin D, they’ll likely see performance gains by achieving sufficiency.

Performance Insights From This Episode

  1. Individuals with darker skin tone may have a lower normal range for vitamin D status.
  2. Sufficient vitamin A status is crucial for optimizing vitamin D usage and avoiding toxicity.
  3. Supplementation of vitamin D in the winter months, in modest doses, is likely warranted in most people living in northern latitudes.

The “Big Rocks” – Bryan’s Tip

Master the fundamentals.

About Brian St. Pierre MS

Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition, working with a host of professional sports teams including the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Browns, and more. Brian also works closely with Dr. John Berardi as a nutrition educator at Precision Nutrition, writing articles, presenting at seminars, and educating other fitness professionals as part of PN’s Certification courses. He’s a regular contributor to the Precision Nutrition blog and has been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Q Magazine, STACK, Testosterone Magazine, and more.