I’ve been getting an overwhelming amount of questions about COVID-19 and probiotics, IBD, IBS, and immunity. I wanted to take some time to answer these in a simple way for our listeners.

The information was recorded March 19th and therefore, statistics and recommendations may change – always check with your doctor.

We cover:

  • What is COVID-19?
  • Why is COVID-19 a concern?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • GI Symptoms and COVID-19 – should I be concerned?
  • “I have IBD and am worried about getting COVID – what do I need to know?”
  • Your gut and your immune system
  • How nutrition plays a role in your immune system
  • Probiotics & COVID-19
  • How to take care of your health during this challenging time


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