#37: Why Your Gut Health Matters with Dr. Tyrrell Jenkins

May 23, 2023
Why Your Gut Health Matters with Dr. Tyrrell Jenkins

In this episode…


Today, we discuss how a healthy gut contributes to overall wellness, affecting energy levels, stress levels, and mental health. Our conversation highlights the connection between nutrition, hormones, and sleep. Dr. Tyrell Jenkins, affectionately known as Dr. TJ, is a medical professional with a background in internal medicine.

He is based in New York City, where he currently practices primary care in a private practice. He is passionate about building relationships with his patients and aims to provide medical knowledge and promote wellness through his company, Krave Wellness. His goal is to help people improve their quality of life and community through education and the exploration of amazing wellness destinations.

The gut, often called the "second brain," plays a role in producing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that influences mood. Imbalances in the gut can lead to fatigue, stress, and even mental health issues like anxiety and depression. 

We also touched on the connection between gut health and hormones, particularly in relation to menopause and how the foods we eat can impact our hormone levels. Dr. TJ shared insights from his e-book, The IBS Reset, which provides comprehensive information and innovative approaches to managing irritable bowel syndrome. 

It is important to have an individualized approach to gut health, based on your unique needs. That includes taking probiotics (check the episode highlights), and prebiotics, keeping a food symptom journal, and considering specific vitamin supplements. 

Digestive issues can have far-reaching effects, such as fatigue and numbness, and this conversation highlights the connection between gut health and mental health, the immune system, and thyroid function. Dr. TJ shared his journey into focusing on gut health, driven by a desire to make a positive impact on people's lives beyond medical procedures.

Need to recharge, rejuvenate, and reset your mind and body?

Dr. TJ and I are inviting you to a wellness retreat in October! Unlike social media, where interactions can feel distant, our retreat offers a small group setting that fosters intimacy. It won't feel like a lecture or school. Instead, you'll gain practical insights into your digestive issues and learn how to make necessary changes in your daily life. 

Why you want to join us:

  • The supportive small group setting. These workshops will provide valuable medical knowledge but in an interactive and relevant way.
  • The intimate and fun environment. A dreamy house on the beach! 
  • Engaging cooking classes.
  • The hands-on and applicable workshops to heal your digestive issues.


Highlights of this episode:

  • Gut health is crucial for the overall wellness of the digestive tract and for maintaining a balanced microbiome.
  • The gut is often referred to as the "second brain" and plays a role in producing serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter.
  • Nutrition and the foods we eat can affect our hormones and contribute to issues like insomnia and sleep disturbances.
  • Three steps to improve gut health include incorporating prebiotics and probiotics, keeping a food symptom journal to identify sensitivities, and reviewing vitamin intake based on individual needs.
  • Join us in the Dominican Republic to prioritize your health and wellness in a luxurious, peaceful setting.


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