the gut stuff & the mac twins 

We’re Alana and Lisa Macfarlane (The Mac Twins) DJs and Presenters spinning records on Virgin and BBC Radio and chatting to you from your televisions. For years, whilst gigging by night, we’ve been supporting science by day. At the British Gut Project/Twin Research, King’s College London, UK, we’ve been so shocked and excited by what we’ve found, we just have to share our new “gut health” obsession with you all. We’re not experts, we’re still learning, so come on the journey with us.

We’ve always been fascinated by food, but growing up in Scotland eating deep fried Pizzas and chips, we only knew what kale was because we used to give it to the guinea pig on his birthday. That all flip reversed when we volunteered for TwinsUK research at King’s College London. 

Twins are a great constant for medical research and we became the “chief guinea pigs” for the British Gut project where we discovered that despite us having 100% the same DNA our guts have only 40% the same microbiota, which could explain why our bodies behave so differently. Thus our ‘gut journey’ began. All this research is so new and literally just coming into public consciousness, but what really surprised us was how much is going on in the ivory towers of academia and science research. These guys are realising just how important the gut is to our health and wellbeing including its impact on our immune system. They’re pouring tons of money and time doing a deep dive into all these areas like how it has a huge impact on diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even mental health, but the information doesn’t necessarily trickle down to us mere mortals, here’s where we come in.

We’ve tried every fad diet there is and with tons of chatter and loads of new ‘healthy gut’ products out now – everything from gluten-free to fermented is in – it’s confusing to know what’s right and what matters. We decided to get the real story on what it all means.

We’re sick of being fed the “if it looks good on Instagram you should eat it” trend. We want real answers for real people and get REAL scientific answers to why we should be putting things in our body. If we can’t be sold the same diets for our bodies and we have the same DNA, then there’s NO single diet that works for everyone. We are ALL individual. So what should we be eating for US?

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