#199: Emily Schromm, NTP- Gut Health on a Ketogenic Diet, Fitness Tips for Women

by Deanna Mutzel, DC



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About Emily Schromm, NTP

Emily is a certified personal trainer, health coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). She lives in Denver, CO.

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Show Notes


01:58 The Pancreas’ Challenge from Keto/Low Carb: Any time there is digestive stress, there is gut stress, brain stress and body stress.  If eating high fat is causing issues, figure out why.

03:39 The Role of the Pancreas in Digestion: Once food passes your stomach, your pancreas releases enzymes. It signals our bodies to begin the breakdown of fat. Bile is released. Unless that fat is an MCT, the breakdown does not happen in the stomach, but after that. We associate the pancreas with insulin and blood sugar. If unregulated blood sugar is stressing the pancreas, the digestive processes can be stressed as well.

04:40 Assessing Pancreatic Function: Are you eating a high fat diet and having digestive stress? Do you have bloating after eating? Do you vary between constipation and diarrhea? Do you have brain fog? Are you still struggling with blood sugar issues? If you are eating high fat, but you still have headaches, dry skin, inflammation, healing slowly, and/or chronic injury, maybe you are not digesting the fat you consume.

05:37 Palpating the Abdomen to Find Gut Trauma:   Find a chiropractor who believes in nutritional therapy or a nutritional therapist that can tie everything together. The pancreas point (Chapman Reflex or Bennett Reflex) is within the 7th intercostal. It is not the pancreas that you are palpating. Emily also checks the HCL and enzyme point.

10:05 Supplementing to Support Your Pancreas:  If tests show the need for pancreatic enzymes, Emily recommends supplementing with a good enzyme product, perhaps from XYMOGEN, that contains bromelain. If the pancreas is not functioning well, Emily finds that products like Bio-6-Plus from Biotics, a raw pancreas concentrate, can be very helpful. Betaine Plus HP is helpful for stomach acid issues. Make sure that it is a high enough dose to be helpful.

11:00 Low Stomach Acid: Dose your HCL until you feel a slight burning sensation. Then do a slight titrate down. As time goes on, you should start to feel a burn from that dose. Then titrate down again. Repeat. Low stomach acid can come from zinc deficiency or not being in a parasympathetic state. Emily rubs calming essential oils on her vagal nerve.

13:49 Liver and Gallbladder: We all need liver support because of our toxin exposure. Emily uses a glutathione cream for liver support. Gallbladder problems can stem from quickly going from a low fat diet to a higher fat diet.  The bile does not know how to break down the fat yet. If you don’t have a gallbladder, ox bile can help your body to break down good fats. If the gallbladder is not functioning properly, Beta-TCP or taurine supplement can help the bile have the right tools.

15:20 Look to the Liver: The need for long term gallbladder support may actually be an issue with the liver. Liver makes the bile. Most of us are deficient in choline and should supplement with phosphatidylcholine, especially if you are missing methyl groups or have a SNP that does not allow for proper bile production.

19:30 Carbohydrate Cycling: Emily is an athlete and uses a carbohydrate cycling strategy. Her meal 2 hours before her workout would include sweet potatoes or other starchy vegetable. She would have the most carbs of the day in her post workout shake, a 2 to 1 carb to protein ratio. If she lifts extra heavy weights that day, she may have more carbs at dinner as well. The additional carbs positively impact the day after a heavy workout.

23:11 Keto Adaptation: Men vs Women: Emily wonders if women have difficulty with keto adaptation because of thyroid function. Perhaps it is an inability to control blood sugar, taxing the pancreas. Maybe it is digestive health. It could be an emotional/mental component as well. Every person is different. Men tend to do very well on a ketogenic diet.

25:09 Low Back or Hip Pain Could Be Your Adrenals: Your glutes and pelvic floor are directly tied into your adrenals. When your adrenals aren’t functioning, those muscles will turn off. Caffeine pre workout can help with focus and energy. If you have to have it, don’t train. If you have low cortisol, glandulars will drive it up. If you have high cortisol, you may need adaptogenic herbs like rhodiola, ginseng, or ashwaganda. Vitamin C is great of both conditions.

28:32 Emily’s Morning Routine: Each morning she has good quality coffee with MCT oil and listens to NPR.

30:00 Emily’s Desert Island Herb/Nutrient: Emily is obsessed with her oils. She has digestive oils with fennel. She also finds them calming. Her favorites are fennel, clove and lime. But then, she also wants ashwaganda. Herbs are powerful. We underestimate what they can do for us.

30:54 Emily’s Single Favorite Exercise: She loves pullups. It is mentally, physically, and emotionally badass for a woman to pull up her own weight. Everyone needs a strong back.

32:53 Emily’s Elevator Pitch: Kids lunches are critical. Read the ingredients of every single food you put in your body.

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