Dr Jessica Turton: Personalized Strategies for Optimal Gut Health 

 April 20, 2024

By  Therese L'Seow

Welcome to the Enlightened Pharmacist podcast, where we bring you the wisdom of health experts who have transformed their own health or their clients. Here’s where we turn complex science into actionable nuggets of inspiration. Today, we have the privilege to dive  into the world of nutrition and health to uncover solutions for nutrient deficiencies and common gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating and non-specific symptoms like body aches, headaches, brittle nails, chronic pain and hair loss.

If you’re tired of struggling with digestive discomfort and want some strategies to improve digestive wellness and overall well-being, you’re in the right place.

Today, we’re joined by Jessica Turton, an experienced dietitian who specializes in personalised nutrition. She is the Director of Ellipse Health & holds a PhD in nutrition for her work on low-carb diets for diabetes management.

As a pharmacist and health coach, I see many patients suffering from gastrointestinal issues from constipation diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, nutrient deficiencies and would like to showcase her work in this field.

Join us as Jessica unveils the secrets to tailoring nutrient advice to individual needs and empowering clients to optimize their health from the inside out.

In this enlightening episode, gain invaluable insights into personalized nutrition care as we explore the following key topics with accredited dietitian Jessica Turton:

• Essential Nutrients: Delve into the crucial roles of protein, iron, B12, zinc, and omega-3 in supporting gut health and overall well-being. Discover how these nutrients play a vital role in optimizing your health from the inside out.

• Prioritizing Protein: Learn how to prioritize protein intake based on inflammation levels and nuances of quantity and quality. Understand the importance of protein in supporting gut health and explore strategies to ensure adequate intake.

• Vitamin B12: Deep dive into the intricacies of vitamin B12, including how deficiency increases the risk of IBS and its associated signs and symptoms. Gain valuable insights into the importance of addressing B12 deficiency before it’s too late.

• Managing Inflammation: Understand the intricate relationship between inflammation, gut health, and overall body health. Explore effective tips and strategies to manage inflammation and support your body’s natural healing processes.

• Assessing Nutritional Status: Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and differentiate between normal and optimal levels. Discover how to assess your nutritional status through symptom evaluation, blood tests, and biomarkers.

• Fiber Intake: Discover the importance of striking the right balance with fiber intake for optimal gut health and digestive function. Explore the potential pitfalls of excessive fiber consumption and learn how to make informed dietary choices.

• Personalized Nutrition Care: Understand why there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and the importance of seeking support from experienced practitioners. Empower yourself to address health gaps and make proactive health choices that align with your unique needs and goals.

Key Nutrient Deficiencies

Jessica sheds light on essential nutrients such as protein, iron, B12, zinc, and omega-3s, and their pivotal roles in supporting overall health and well-being. Gain valuable insights into the importance of these key nutrients and learn how optimizing their intake can enhance your vitality and resilience.

The Role of Inflammation on Gut Health

Explore the intricate interplay between inflammation and gut health as Jessica delves into this crucial relationship. Discover how managing inflammation can positively impact digestive function, reduce discomfort, and enhance your overall quality of life. By understanding the link between inflammation and gut health, you can take proactive steps to support your body’s natural healing processes.

Assessing Deficiencies: Signs, Symptoms, and Tests

Jessica shares expert insights into identifying signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and explains the importance of tailoring assessments according to the needs of the individual. Learn how symptom evaluation and blood tests can provide valuable insights into your nutritional status, enabling you to address deficiencies and optimize your health effectively.

The Pitfalls of Excessive Fiber Consumption

Uncover the potential pitfalls of excessive fiber consumption as Jessica highlights the importance of striking the right balance for optimal gut health. While fiber is essential for digestive function, too much of it can sometimes exacerbate digestive issues and lead to discomfort. By understanding the role of fiber in gut health, you can make informed dietary choices that support your overall well-being.


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