Gut Heroes

How better gut and microbiome health could help you beat pain, feel great and thrive. Join me, Tommy Orme, as I test what works (and what doesn’t!) and share my findings with you. I discuss the latest science-based findings around gut health and autoimmune disease and have conversations with experts and ordinary people looking to improve their health outcoms.

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Episodes

6 days ago

In this episode, I explore practical strategies for travelling with an autoimmune disease and specific dietary requirements.I share my own personal experiences from my recent trip to the Faroe Islands and offer some of the insights I've gained over the years managing my ankylosing spondylitis through diet and lifestyle changes. I discuss:✔️ Preparation and knowing your dietary needs✔️ Strategies for packing and storing food while travelling✔️ Tips for finding suitable foods in unfamiliar locations✔️ How to navigate restaurants and menus more confidently✔️ The benefits of embracing local produce and frozen foods✔️ Managing stress and anxiety around food when away from home✔️ The unexpected joys of rediscovering natural flavoursThese approaches can help you maintain your health while still enjoying your travels. Best of all you can tailor them to your individual needs and circumstances.To access links discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notesFor more information, head to the Gut Heroes website: 🔗 https://gutheroes.com
Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Friday Jul 12, 2024

In this episode, I explore powerful, practical ways to reduce pain and stress 'in the moment'. I share personal strategies I've developed over the years to help shift into a better, less painful, less stressful state, including:✔️ Using the 'third person' perspective to reframe stressful thoughts ✔️ Tackling challenging tasks immediately to avoid stress snowballing ✔️ The benefits of hot and cold exposure for lowering inflammation ✔️ How a stroll in nature can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory ✔️ The restorative power of short naps ✔️ Using heat and cooling gels for quick pain relief✔️ The importance of social connection in managing pain and stress✔️ Creating a clear action plan for flares or high-stress periods✔️ Practicing gratitude to reframe your perspective✔️ The pain-relieving power of laughterI discuss how these cognitive and physical strategies can work in tandem to help manage both stress and pain, which are often interconnected. I emphasise the importance of tailoring these approaches to suit your individual needs and incorporating them into your routine in a way that feels natural and beneficial.
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website: 🔗 https://gutheroes.com
Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Wednesday Jun 19, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes!
In this episode, I look at the fascinating relationship between rumination, catastrophising, and chronic pain. I explore the latest research and share personal insights on how our mental states and relationships could affect our pain management journey, including:
✔️ The role of stress in chronic pain (and how our thought processes and social interactions can influence pain levels)✔️ The concept of "distress contagion" and a social media tip✔️ The power of social support in reducing pain intensity and promoting positive pain adaptation✔️The complex relationship between social validation, self-sufficiency, and pain management✔️ Key findings from studies on pain catastrophising in rheumatic diseases like AS and rheumatoid arthritis✔️ The importance of finding a supportive, positive "tribe" 
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Monday Jun 17, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! In this episode, I dive into a groundbreaking new report released by the World Health Organisation. It sheds light on the staggering influence of four major industries - tobacco, ultra-processed foods, fossil fuels, and alcohol. The report reveals the shocking tactics employed by powerful corporations to maximise profits at the expense of people's well-being. It includes:
✔️ How these 4 industries cause a whopping 19 million deaths per year globally (34% of all deaths)✔️ Ultra-processed food industry tactics: delaying and blocking health policies, misleading marketing, targeting vulnerable populations✔️ The consequences of failing to regulate harmful industry practices: declining public health and chronic diseases✔️ Proposed solutions: stricter regulations on marketing, transparency, lobbying and conflicts of interest
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Friday Jun 07, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! This is a bonus episode, where I'm going to share one of my homemade recipes with you (MUCH cheaper then buying expensive sachets). This one is for electrolytes and I call it... wait for it... Tommy's Turbocharged Electrolytes.
In this episode I look at:
✔️ All the ingredients you'll need✔️ Why I created this homemade recipe (the potential benefits of the different ingredients)✔️ Exactly how to create it at home
To access the information discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! This is a Gut Digest episode, where I dive into some of the most fascinating stories and news in the gut health right now. Today, I look at:
✔️ New Study: Intermittent Fasting Success✔️ New Study: The Western Diet and Chronic Disease Connection✔️ An Exciting Development With 'Smart Antibiotics'
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Monday Jun 03, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! Today I look at the curious story of Leonard Trask. It provides possibly the first documented account of what we now know to be ankylosing spondylitis in the US.
In this podcast, I look at:
✔️ About Leonard Trask and his tragic story✔️ My highlights from the book and what we can take from them✔️ The deluge of 'quack' treatments poor Leonard tried to beat his AS✔️ Why the expectation effect, or placebo, was not enough✔️ Why there's so much to be grateful for
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Thursday May 23, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! This is a Discovery Lab episode, where I run a test on myself, in this case for 2 weeks, on a specific dietary, supplement or exercise change. Today, I look at distilled water.
Please note: This is not medical advice. Always check with a medical practitioner before making any changes, such as this, to your diet.
In this podcast, I look at:
✔️ Why I wanted to run a test where I swapped tap water for distilled (pure) water✔️ My methods for creating distilled water and my rules of engagement✔️ My results over the course of this 2 week (ongoing) trial✔️ Some fun additional observations
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Thursday May 16, 2024

Welcome to another episode of Gut Heroes! This is a Gut Digest episode, where I dive into some of the most fascinating stories and news in the gut health right now. Today, I look at:
✔️ Colombia's groundbreaking law on junk and ultra-processed foods✔️ A compelling study on how diet can affect postmenopausal hot flushes (reducing them by 95%!) ✔️ A quirky French study: Does eating refined carbs for breakfast make you less attractive?
To access links to the studies discussed in this podcast: 🔗 Show notes
For more information, head to the Gut Heroes website:🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

Wednesday May 15, 2024

This is the first of my Gut Rumble Rambles! (Yes, I know, the name needs work). This is a free-form episode where I look at the things I discovered recently that I hope you find useful. Today I look at:✔️ An essential tip for magnesium supplementation✔️ J. A. Baker, an incredible author (The Peregrine) with ankylosing spondylitis✔️ Hot take: Detailed thinking, sensitivity, stress and autoimmune disease - is there a link?✔️ An update about Discovery Lab (distilled water)As ever for more info head to the Gut Heroes website: 🔗 https://gutheroes.com
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Disclaimer: Please note, this is for informational purposes only. Gut Heroes does not offer medical advice. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I setup Gut Heroes to share information with you. To shine a light on my own personal discoveries (as I currently understand them) and to help you with your own personal research.

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