If you’re a regular here, you know the importance of diet.

Macros for body composition, micros for general health, fiber and protein for satiety, yadda yadda yadda . . .

But many people forget all about their gut and their diet’s role in gut health. Many people quietly (or loudly . . .) suffer from gastric distress without a clear path to fix their digestive issues. 

Many people don’t even draw the connection between their digestive system’s performance and their health. The two are tightly intertwined. 

Scientists have discovered that a healthy bacterial habitat in the gut (microbiome) is a crucial defense against many gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and disease (IBD), as well as mood disorder, brain dysfunction, stress, anxiety, depression, and even autism.

So, it’s not a stretch to say that the state of your gut will determine much of the quality of your life.

In this episode, I chat with Stan Efferding all about optimizing gut health through dietary tweaks to alleviate gastric distress and improve health and performance. 

In case you’re not familiar with Stan, he’s held two all-time raw world powerlifting records and is colloquially known as the “world’s strongest bodybuilder.” He’s not all brawn, though. He’s also an entrepreneur who’s built multiple multi-million dollar businesses, including his own Vertical Diet program and meal prep service.

In our conversation, Stan and I discuss . . .

  • The benefits of a low-FODMAP diet 
  • Why fermented foods are easier to digest
  • Collagen protein versus bone broth
  • Meal prep services and the “vertical diet”
  • The relation of bowel movements to digestive health
  • His diet compliance hacks
  • Why red meat rocks and shouldn’t be eliminated
  • The importance of carbs for performance and why you shouldn’t go keto
  • And more . . .

So, if you want to learn how you can tweak your diet to improve your digestive health, give this podcast a listen!

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6:13 – Can you go into detail about your meal prep company?

8:54 – What is a low-FODMAP diet?

26:39 – What’s the name of your meal prep company?

28:55 – Why do you use bone broth?

35:05 – What’s the connection between how you poop and how healthy you eat?

38:05 – Why is greek yogurt easily digestible?

55:59 – What are some of your diet compliance strategies or tips and tricks?

1:19:21 – Where can people find you and your work? 

Mentioned on the show: 

Stan Efferding’s Website
Stan Efferding’s Instagram
Stan Efferding’s YouTube
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What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!