I’ve been relatively healthy my entire life. I started chasing all these guru diets, and that’s when my digestion started to kind of talk in my early 20s. And then at that point, I felt like I’ve been trying to figure out my digestion, like I said, for almost 10 years. Last year, I was in Costa Rica, and I was teaching English over there. I drank a lot of questionable water, just kind of traveling throughout Central America. Symptoms started popping up that I had never experienced before in my life. And actually, the first two that really told me something was wrong was anxiety and depression, and insomnia. And I had never experienced those before in my life.
I’m generally optimistic, upbeat. DrMR: And before you had any gut symptoms? RC: No, the gut symptoms came along with that. My digestion started kind of, like I said, it was always hit or miss. But it started getting just gassy, bloated, backed up, inconsistent with bowel movements. And at that point, I noticed the symptoms correlated with my indigestion. The symptoms got worse. It got to the point where I had to fly home from Costa Rica to go see a western doctor, because I was just down and out. I was losing weight. I was, like I said, anxious. I had just overall DrMR: Yeah. Just a quick, I want to echo that for people. Because the gut symptoms are pretty apparent to most people. Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea. And more people are becoming privy to, but its worth just expounding upon the fact that those symptoms can directly correlate with insomnia, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
So, if you’re going on the internet and reading about serotonin and depression and SAM-E, and caffeine. Ok, maybe there’s a time and a place. But don’t overlook the foundational piece of your gut health if you’re trying to improve your brain health. RC: Yeah. DrMR: Hey everyone. Id like to tell you about BIOHM, who helped to make this podcast possible. BIOHM offers a line of gut healing products, including a probiotic, a prebiotic, and a greens powder. The probiotic is interesting in the sense that it combines strains from both category 1 and category 2.
So from category 1, you have Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium breve. And from category 2, you have S. boulardii. So a nice combination of category 1 and category 2. If you go over to Biohmhealth.com/Ruscio and use the code RUSCIO at checkout, you’ll get 15% off your first order. Theyve got a good line of probiotic, prebiotic, and a greens powder all to help you improve your gut health, which we know has such massive and far reaching impacts. So check them out over at biohmhealth.com/Ruscio. DrMR: So, you’re grappling with these symptoms. What happens next? Then you pick up a copy of the book and you start going through the protocol? RC: Yeah, I basically hit the internet. I’ve always been passionate about nutrition. But I hit the internet like a madman. I read every book. I read a lot of books. And I listened to every podcast. Every YouTube video. Everyone I could. A lot of people spoke highly of your work, so I actually was waiting for your book. So I worked through a couple of other protocols prior to your book coming out.
And I felt like I was willy nilly. I was all over the place. Everything I heard on a podcast, I would throw it at my stomach. There was no consolidated plan. So, when I got your book DrMR: It was like from stick to stick to stick. RC: Exactly. With one, it was all biofilms. With the next one it was digestive enzymes. But no one really put everything together into a step-by-step plan to say, hey, listen. If you’re good at steps 3, stay here for a while and see how you feel.
It was kind of like, throw everything at a dartboard, see what sticks, and you have no idea which one worked. DrMR: And, having also the appropriate sequence. Because there are some things that should be done before other things and that can be one of the problems when people experiment haphazardly. Its not necessarily that my book contains any magical supplement that no one else has. Its the process. Its codifying these into the appropriate sequence so as to allow healing. And that’s one of the quotes in the book, also, which is, there’s no magic product.
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