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Healing The Gut - The Functional Medicine Way with Dr Ben Weitz

In this weeks episode I sit down with Dr Ben Weitz, a brilliant chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner and gut health expert. Get ready for an enlightening one-off podcast episode that delves into the intricate world of gut health and its profound impact on your overall well-being. Join us as we sit down with Dr. Ben Weitz, an expert in Functional Medicine, to explore a wide range of fascinating topics that are essential for your health journey.

In this special podcast episode, we'll be covering:

  •  SIBO Demystified: Understand what Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is, how it affects your health, and the strategies to overcome it.

  • The Power of Bile: Discover the crucial role of bile not only in digestion but also as an antimicrobial agent and how it can help combat SIBO.

  • Microbiome & Mood: Uncover the profound connection between your gut microbiome and the neurotransmitters in your brain, shedding light on the influence of gut health on mood and behavior.

  • Gut-Brain Axis: Learn about the fascinating relationship between the gut and your emotional well-being, exploring how the gut can impact mood and overall mental health.

  • Leaky Gut & Autoimmunity: Understand the links between a leaky gut and autoimmune diseases, and how a healthy gut lining is vital for your immune system. 

  • The Enzyme Equation: Dive into the world of digestive enzymes and their role in optimizing your digestive health.

  • Cholesterol & Brain Health: Explore the importance of cholesterol for brain function and hormonal balance, and why super low cholesterol levels may not be ideal.

  • Endothelial Function: Discover the significance of endothelial function in cardiovascular health and explore the importance of comprehensive testing beyond standard cholesterol panels.

  • Learn why functional medicine testing is crucial to understanding your health and the optimised and personalized approach you need to get well.

This episode promises to be a treasure trove of knowledge on topics that impact your health from head to toe. From SIBO to the gut-brain axis, digestive enzymes, cholesterol, and cardiovascular health, Dr. Ben Weitz brings a wealth of expertise to the table.

You can find Dr Weitz at https://www.drweitz.com/

On instagram: Drbenweitz

Also subscribe to Dr Weitz's podcast "The Rational

Wellness" Podcast on apple or spotify.


Dr. Ben Weitz is a Sports Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner in Santa Monica, California. He has been in practice for over 35 years. Dr. Weitz is the host of the popular Rational Wellness podcast devoted to all things Functional Medicine for the last six years, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube. His website is http://www.drweitz.com and he posts regularly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Ben Weitz, D.C., C.C.S.P., C.S.C.S.

Weitz Sports Chiropractic and Nutrition

1448 15th Street Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA 90404




"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."

- modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life


Chiropractic College of Pasadena Doctor of Chiropractic- December 1987
Licensed 1988
University of Calif., L.A. B.A. Philosophy-1983 Magna Cum Laude
Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner–Feb. 1995
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist–Aug. 1996
Certified FirstLine Therapy Nutrition Healthcare Provider–April 2007


Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Member of the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council.
Member of American College of Sports Medicine.
Member National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Member American Society for Nutrition


"Minimizing Weight Training Injuries in Bodybuilders and Athletes". Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, 1997, 4(2): 46-56.

The Back Relief Book. Los Angeles, CA: Health For Life, 1998.

Dr. Weitz has written or contributed to numerous articles for various fitness magazines, including Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Men's Fitness, Ironman Magazine, Maxim, Oxygen, Muscle Mag, and most recently Maxim. He is on the advisory staff for Exercise For Men Only.  Dr. Weitz has a weekly podcast, Rational Wellness, with an audio version found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, IHeart Radio, etc. and a video version found on YouTube.

Dr. Weitz is currently working on an anti-aging book.

In his own words
My purpose is to teach patients how to modify their lifestyle and diet and posture and muscular balance to feel better and have a healthier life free from chronic disease.  When I was young, I was very heavy.  I changed my eating to a healthier, lower fat, natural foods diet, and started exercising and I lost a lot of weight.  Then when I was reaching my later teenage years, I was not happy being a 90 lb. weakling–in fact a 150 lb. weakling, so I started to weight train and and eat more protein and I put on muscle and became a successful bodybuilder. I won the Mr. Los Angeles competition in 1985.  I had learned how to lose or gain weight to improve my appearance.

However, I looked good, but I felt bad. I had a huge amount of gas and bloating and a lot of stomach pains. I discovered that certain foods, like dairy, and certain carbohydrate foods that had helped me to gain weight, were difficult for me to digest and tolerate.  I had nearly constant symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I also started to suffer from hypoglycemic episodes from eating health food oatmeal cookies and bran muffins that spiked my blood sugar and I realized that I had to avoid eating such high glycemic carbs.  I realized that how you eat dramatically affects your digestive system and your physiology. Your digestive system is your key to overall health. It is where you digest your food and absorb nutrients. It is the wall that must be kept intact to keep out toxins.  A break down of this intestinal mucosal wall is often referred to as leaky gut.  I came to understand that having a healthy gastrointestinal system is a key to y0ur overall health.  I have been studying and discovering ways to improve digestion in order to improve your health and help you to prevent and overcome chronic diseases.  I want to show others not only how to manipulate your body composition, but to help them figure out a way to eat that makes them feel their best.

I also became gradually became more aware of how alterations in your posture and structural alignment can result in pain and altered function.  As a chiropractor, by analysing and helping patients to make corrections in their posture and alignment is one of my focuses in practice.  This occurs both with regular chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic treatments, as well as with teaching patients proper postural cues and exercises.

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