From ancient forest bathing to modern biome boosting, we’re hearing more and more about our gut health. Our conversation with Dr. Christopher Lowry helps us begin to understand the very important implications of maintaining one’s gut health and how it has major ramifications not just for our physical health but our mental health as well. Dr. Lowry’s research focuses on stress-related physiology and behavior with an emphasis on the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in health and well-being. And not just physical health but our mental health as well.
His research is absolutely fascinating, and you’ll leave this week’s episode with very concrete and accessible steps toward enhancing your overall health. Learning to trust your gut takes on a whole new meaning!
Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience, and Center for Microbial Exploration at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Center for Neuroscience, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is a Principal Investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC), director of the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at CU Boulder, Co-Director of the Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education (MVM-CoRE), and Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of inVIVO Planetary Health, of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Dr. Lowry’s research program focuses on understanding stress-related physiology and behavior with an emphasis on the microbiome-gut-brain axis.