Gut Health 101: Q&A With a Gut Health Dietitian

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Gut Health 101: Q&A With a Gut Health Dietitian

Posted Jun 07, 2021 Updated Apr 15, 2024

New to the gut-health game? We get it—the thought of learning all the ins and outs of the microbiome can feel daunting. But we’re here to help! In honor of National Nutrition Month, we chatted with registered dietitian and gut health expert, Dr. Renee Korczak, who answered the burning questions we’ve been most curious about regarding the microbiome and gut healthTogether, we chatted about all things digestive health, good gut habits, and, of course, our favorite functional beverage, OLIPOP.

What are some signs of an unhealthy gut?

Renee: Pay close attention to symptoms like occasional or chronic diarrhea/constipation, bloating, excess gas, nausea, and abdominal pain, as they can be signs of a bigger digestive health problem. Should you experience them, speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

What are a few simple, attainable action items for those looking to improve their gut health?

Renee: Keep stress levels low, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and include adequate amounts of fiber in your diet, daily. Fiber requirements for men and women are difficult to hit, so start by including some fiber with each meal and snack.

What are some of your favorite foods that support digestive health?

Renee: Oats, asparagus, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and miso are foods that are easy to include in my diet and taste good too!

What’s your favorite OLIPOP flavor at the moment?

Renee: I've been enjoying Ginger Lemon and Strawberry Vanilla the most!

What do you enjoy most about being a registered dietitian nutritionist?

Renee: I enjoy the variety this career brings and the ability to be a lifelong learner, continually seeking the most current evidence-based science to best help my clients. I also enjoy helping students and athletes dive into research, apply sports nutrition and gut health science to daily practice, and mentor them to help achieve their goals.

What is National Nutrition Month and how can people participate?

ReneeNational Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Taking place annually in March, the campaign concentrates on the significance of making educated food choices and building sound eating and physical activity habits. The month is filled with media events and activities! I suggest checking out their website to look for the latest resources and events. 

*The views expressed in this document represent that of Dr. Renee Korczak alone. Dr. Korczak has not received any fee or consultancy payment for this article.

Cheat Sheet
  • To improve your gut health Dr. Renee Korczak, a registered dietitian and gut health expert, suggests keeping stress levels low, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of fiber in your diet.
  • Her favorite high-fiber foods include OLIPOP, oats, asparagus, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and miso.
  • Occasional or chronic diarrhea/constipation, bloating, excess gas, nausea, and abdominal pain are all potential signs of an unhealthy gut.
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