Let’s Talk SIBO + Diet with Ayten Salahi RD
If you’re ready for a deep dive into one of the most misunderstood gut health conditions on the planet, you’re going to love my conversation about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, AKA SIBO, with registered dietitian Ayten Salahi.
I discovered Ayten’s work a while back on Instagram, and let me tell you, it’s rare to discover a practitioner I am so aligned with so it’s exciting for me to introduce you to her wonderful work! She dives deep into topics around irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO and diet with a lens on inclusive, positive and joyful – and yes, effective – nutrition strategies for getting your digestive function back on track.
We’re tackling SIBO today, which is the subject of a lot of misinformation online, particularly around the role that nutrition plays in caring for it. SIBO is a debilitating gut condition that is notoriously difficult to treat…which sets it up as prime internet fodder for wellness discourse.
We get super specific about what SIBO is – and isn’t – on this episode, as well as tackling diagnosis, treatment, and the very surprising role of nutrition in SIBO care.
If you’ve got SIBO – or know someone who does – this episode may lead to a lot of surprising insights!
About Ayten Salahi RD:
Ayten Salahi, MS, RDN is a GI- and plant-focused registered dietitian, culinary nutritionist, and intersectional food policy advocate. She completed her masters degree at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). There, she completed a concentration in medical nutrition for gastroenterology and received the Louise Hatch Award for outstanding professional promise and standards of practice. Outside of her clinical GI work, she also founded a nonprofit 501C3 called Planetary Health Collective (PHC), with the aim to leverage the powerful role of food and nutrition professionals in the fight against climate change. She views human and environmental health as one-in-the-same and strives to weave that ethos into all of her work.
On this episode of The Allsorts Podcast we chat about:
- How Ayten’s background in neuroscience got her interested in the gut brain connection
- What is SIBO, actually?
- What are the symptoms?
- What are methanogens and how do they impact motility?
- Why SIBO is so difficult to diagnose and treat
- All the underlying causes of SIBO (you’ll be shocked)
- The truth about how nutrition affects SIBO
- Should you go low FODMAP?
- Why pharmaceuticals are an important part of SIBO care
- Why physical movement is important
- Why you can still eat food you love while you help your gut feel better
- The major red flag when evaluating SIBO information
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Connect with Ayten:
Tik Tok: @aysa.nutrition
Episode Links + Recommendations:
Desiree’s blog on SIBO + Diet
Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Allsorts Podcast, which is produced by myself and edited by Brian McCalman. I am grateful to live and work and learn on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Squamish, Musqueum, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Find out which traditional territory you live on by visiting https://www.whose.land/en/