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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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