Welcome!

Hi there! I’m Maya Gangadharan and welcome to So Help Me Gut. I’ve been a Food Nerd for many, many years and in October I made it official by graduating as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I started this blog to write about the things I’ve learned in my course, partly to help me process it and partly to let you “cheat off my homework”, as one of my besties likes to

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Digestion 101: Part Four

Hi there! Wow, there’s kind of been a lot going on around here. I thought things would slow down after I graduated but not so much! I’ve been teaching classes at Eastern Market in Detroit which has been a blast. Oh yeah, and traveling the country working my “day job”, of course! I also got invited to co-author a healthy gut cookbook for Dorling Kindersley through a friend of mine

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Digestion 101: Part Three

Ladies and gentlemen, we have finally arrived at Ground Zero of digestion—-the stomach. Woo-hoo! I like to think of it as Ground Zero because when most people think about digestion (which I’m sure is almost never because most people aren’t weird Food Nerds like me), the first thing they probably thing about is the stomach. But looking at the whole north-south progression, it’s actually right in the middle, between the

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Digestion 101: Part Two

If you were surprised that we started this mysterious process of digestion in the brain, Part Two should put you on more familiar ground. In Part One, we passed the first gate of our north-to-south progression. After your brain has registered the presence of food and your autonomic nervous system has gone it’s merry way down the parasympathetic pathway (or the sympathetic, you poor lamb!), it’s time for the second

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Digestion 101: Part One

Hi there! So I was thinking—-maybe it’s about time I gave you some specific information about the gut, since that’s kind of what I’m all about. I know, I’m amazingly intuitive sometimes. I’m sure you’re impressed. <sarcasm font> So here we go! In an earlier post, I mentioned that it’s not so much “You Are What You Eat” as it is “You Are What You Digest”. Put it this way:

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The Nutritional Therapy Association, or I Have Found My People

When I started telling people that I was starting school to become a Nutritional Therapist, the response was a little underwhelming. To be honest, there was a bit of a “duh” factor: I’d been a know Food Nerd for many years, posting articles on Facebook, reading books, taking workshops, and even helping organize a healthy food festival for my local Weston A. Price chapter. A lot of my friends already

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So help me…what?

Once upon a time, I was about 3 inches away from losing it. I was near the end of a 3 & ½ month road tour for my “day” job. We were jumping all over the country: most of the time I had no idea what time zone I was in, let alone city, state, or hotel. Home on a Thursday or Friday night, back out on Sunday or Monday

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