Jared Toay on How to Improve Your Health–Running, Gut, and Overall

Jared Toay doesn’t really classify himself as a runner.

In fact, this former body builder only occasionally ran on the treadmill to get some cardio work in as necessary.

Jared Toay, Probiotic Expert

Jared Toay, Probiotic and Gut Health Expert

The reason I’m looking forward to talking with him is that he is an expert on gut health, and many runners know a thing or two about a gut bomb…

Discovering a Passion for Gut Health

During some stressful situations in Jared’s past, he had lost a bunch of weight and was admittedly in poor health.

As he came out of the rough patch, started working out, and his appetite returned he found himself worrying too much about what he could and could not eat.

Upon doing some research into diet and health, he discovered fermented food in the form of sauerkraut, and noticed that within a day or two he was feeling better.

He continued to investigate fermented foods, started making his own, and the rest has been history.

Bowel Issues Among Runners

While poop talk may not be the topic of many conversations in social situations, many runners aren’t shy about talking about their bowel issues.

And many of those issues are directly related to the health of our gut.

Too many runner’s think that runner’s trots are normal, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In fact, bowel issues (constipation and/or diarrhea) are signals from our body that something isn’t right. And by assuming that a case of the trots are normal we are failing to listen to what our bodies are telling us.

The body is always telling us it likes something or it doesn't. ~@jaredspropops, #runchat #guthealth Click To Tweet

Vibrant Gut Health is Key

The flora are super important for digestion and vitamin/mineral absorption.

If you have a healthy gut, you will get maximum benefit from the food that you eat. If you don’t, well, that can be a problem.

That is where eating probiotic rich food is important. And to be clear, Jared is a huge fan of probiotic food and not supplements.

Food is my medicine. ~@jaredspropops #running #runchat #probiotics #guthealth Click To Tweet

Jared isn’t 100% against probiotic supplementation, but from his research and experience probiotic food is much more valuable to your health (gut and otherwise) than a supplement.

The World is Your Oyster

The "Mad Scientist" of Gut Health: Jared Toay

“Mad Scientist” of Gut Health: Jared Toay

Eating fermented foods is good for improving your gut health. 

I feel like I knew that before talking to Jared, but he still managed to blow my mind when he said you can pretty much ferment any foods.

Including fruit. 

When all is said and done, there aren’t many things that you can’t ferment which means you can make foods sweeter and healthier via fermentation.

And Jared even gave us an option for making your own fermented energy gel. 

I can promise you, I’ll be trying that one at some point down the road!

Connect with Jared and learn a whole lot more about improving the health of your gut on his website and find him on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook.

You can also buy a variety of probiotic food from Jared himself. Check out his online store for the products that he has available and for all of the information you need to know about ordering and having Jared’s Pro Pops delivered to your front door.

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8 replies
  1. Jared Toay
    Jared Toay says:

    Hey Denny,

    Thank you for your time. I loved spending a few moments with you. We discussed recipes of fermented foods, and how easy it was for anyone to get started making their own probiotic foods at home. I have put together a recipe list of over 70 foods, desserts, drinks, etc. If any of your listeners are interested in having it to start their own culinary kitchen or simply find a few meals that have probiotic foods, they can download it here. https://jaredspropops.leadpages.co/73-fermented-foods/

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      The pleasure was all mine Jared! I’ll make sure to put the link in the show notes in case people don’t make it to the comments, and I’ll also blast it out on twitter/FB/my email list for those that might be interested.

      Keep doing what you’re doing brother!

  2. Russ
    Russ says:

    Fermenting foods has been one of those things I’ve thought about and never taken the time to really look into – think this podcast gave me the nudge I need and so this weekend I’m gonna try sauerkraut.

    I did also run across this link just the other day – found it interesting (and it makes sense) that your gut bacteria will take a while to change – http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2016/12/31/how-your-gut-microbes-may-be-thwarting-your-diet/

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Check out the comment that Jared left with the link in it. 70+ recipes for fermenting a whole host of different foods. I got it the other day, and I’m looking forward to trying some! And if you’re not already making kombucha, do it! It’s so easy and delicious!

  3. Bart Cummins
    Bart Cummins says:

    Another great podcast and thanks for covering this topic. Definitely going to try the probiotic fruit instead of goo.

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Glad you liked this one Bart. It was obviously a little different than normal, but I thought there was plenty of value to make it worthwhile. Glad you agreed!


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