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John Joseph Immel

Tour Your Gut + Explore Your Hunger for a Joyful Belly

John Joseph Immel

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  • Journey from mouth to anus to optimize your digestion!
  • What you want to learn from your hunger
  • Diagnose + dissolve your digestive imbalances

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  1. Sharon E LaLond says:

    I Have truly enjoyed this summit!!!! I have learned sooooo much and I can’t wait to share my new found balance of body and mind!!! I am doing a lecture on “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” on Friday. I am nervous but I fell well prepared thanks to your Summit!!!! I also did a Wellness summit at Wellness. com!!! I have learned a lot!!!!! Thanks again!!!!! Sharon

  2. bronwen says:


  3. Ch says:

    Thx lots. Any thoughts on Ayurveda and cancer prevention and especially treatment ? Gratefully, Ch

    • bronwen says:

      id like to know this also as i am dealing with lymphoma energy levels are either frenetic or non existant…thx

  4. Kathy Wrona says:

    Thank you for all you so eloquently shared on the many faceted issue of taste and digestion and the importance of not snacking or constantly eating. Very important.

  5. Cheri Frink says:

    I have worked with John in the past and will continue working with him in the future! I always love how simply and how kind you are, John. I always learn so much!

  6. Ayulight says:

    Hello again, 2 questions cameinto my mind. 1.) Would You consider a Cappucino with a little bit of sugar or a Chai as a “snack”? 2.) i thought one could consider the thai way of cooking in general as quite healthy. I watched and read thai people having many (healthy) snacks during a day. Perhaps this is connected to this different climat? So perhaps for example in Thailand Snacks have to be seen in another way?

  7. Ayulight says:

    very (!) interesting and inspiring talk, thank You!

  8. Krofter says:

    Having been a student of Ayurveda for the past 23 years I’ve learned that for those with deep seated issues, other modalities can also help.

    I was on the roller coaster “grazing” ride for years, which left me with blood sugar issues. I corrected that by greatly reducing carbs and increasing fat intake and doing intermittent fasting – two meals a day within an 8 hour window ( This goes well with my Vata dosha.

    Getting hungry a few hours after a meal is often due to eating too many carbs and sugars and not enough fat. Some will do better burning readily available ketones instead of forcing the digestive tract to expend energy processing carbs and sugars.

    Lots of talk about the body but not about the massive ‘non-body’ microbiome community that exists in our guts, which outnumbers the cells in our body by 10 to 1. Yes, we are microbes having a human experience. Gas and its smell has more to do with our microbiome and what we are, or are not feeding it. Some foods are favored by microbes that make smelly gas, which can cause a population explosion of those microbes and hence, dis-ease. Other foods are favored by harmonious microbes that result in perfect digestion ( The trick is figuring out what foods work for you and which do not. An elimination diet can help (

    Because it’s becoming clear that the gut microbiome can either increase or decrease dosha qualities, it seems there is a need for a convergence between Ayurveda and recent ground breaking research about the microbiome.

  9. Lupe says:

    John Immel talked about smelly gas and the real significance of this which was great. I really enjoyed his explanation of the relationship of being in touch with your hunger. Wow! My goal for 2016 is to repair my digestion. I’ve tried many things and some have worked and some not at all. I’ve made many positive changes already but I need Ayurveda to take it to the next level.

  10. Cata Rojas says:

    Wow, wow!!! such an interesting talk!
    Just one question about people who craving for alcohol or cigarettes, which kind of emotion are hey looking to release?

    many thanks!!!!!

  11. Lilly says:

    This was such great information! This will change my life. A few of the things you said have affected me my entire life and I never knew it was from a few diet mistakes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  12. karen says:

    This could be the answer to the mystery I have been so far unable to solve and fighting to uncover to why my hair and nails have been breaking more and more for the last 6 years and will not grow. Wow. Totally blown away. Thank you!

  13. Linda says:

    Question about this snacking…What about all this snacking that is going on with the children? In the schools and I am sure at home, the kids are encouraged to snack. Often they are not snacking the healthiest foods but even if they are, should we even be encouraging the snacking with kids or is this setting them up to not handle their blood sugar levels? Should he kids also be encouraged to rely on the 3 good meals…with maybe one snack when they get home from school?
    Thank you.

  14. Lisa says:

    Wow! That was awesome! So much brought into the light for me today. Thank you!

  15. Efi Tarnara says:

    Such an enlightening talk! Thank you so much!!!!!!

  16. bronwen says:

    fab talk john..have 2 queries
    i am on meds 8am 8.30 am and 2pm[pituitary gland has crashed pemanently by arachnoid cyst and so thyroid needs med help also..[not getting signals from pituitary]..2 have to be taken with food , the first on an empty stomache..what can i eat?

    also I am taking superfood fruit and veg juicings at home, trying to heal lymphoma cancer after chemotherapy[still have to have mabthera every 2 months for 2 years]

    do these juicings replace meals?..or can i have with? or in between meals?
    thku sooooooooooo much for your insight and help

  17. Angelle says:

    Wow, really well-done! At first, having lost 86 pounds previously and kept it off 7 years in part because of small-meal eating, I was in absolute disagreement about the 2-3 meals thing. But in giving me a “fuller” understanding how the gut works, you have me interested in changing that part of my routine. Retrospectively, while multiple small meals did work to lose weight and keep my mind clear, over time, I developed issues with the gut (blamed on extreme stress) that then impeded my getting to the gym. Arthritis & fibromyalgia did the rest, to the point I put on 40 pounds. Hmmm… I’m open to change.

  18. Julie says:

    Thanks so much John. Really insightful and well presented information you have shared. I now have a deeper understanding of the implications of snacking, something that goes against western nutrition philosophy. I think the descriptions you used, like rotten sewage, really helps to communicate the serious consequences of eating this way. Truly appreciate hearing this and feel I can now explain it to others.

  19. Lorien Waldron says:

    This is excellent. πŸ™‚ Thankyou so much John – I love your way of unpacking the digestive system’s processes and bringing awareness to how important nutrition and digestion is for health! πŸ™‚ So great. πŸ™‚ Great talk! x πŸ™‚

  20. Ati says:

    John, it was a pleasure to listen this.

    How to beat the craving-snacking habit? How to strenghtening the mind?

    Want to switch to have just 2 meals per day, but until now without success…


  21. Sharon E LaLond says:

    I am new to all of this but I love it all!!! I have never been online so long, but I have enjoyed and learned so much!!! Thank you!!!

  22. Ago says:

    Great conversation; thank you! I’ve always had a problem digesting garlic, as well as raw onions and especially red onions. Do you have any insight?

    Thanks again!

  23. Karen Whynott says:

    Thank you John. I especially enjoyed your reference to our tongue.. the moody tongue .. πŸ™‚

  24. Ms. Cheryl says:

    Good interview, thanks for expounding on malabsorption (overused word) and whole-body imbalance (Ama). I liked the clarity & digestion I am more satisfied when I listen to my moods — eating nutrient dense foods are more fulfilling for me than snacks. I prefer a meal over a snack anytime.

  25. Marie says:

    Excellent and valuable information, I learned more from listening to you then after seeing several Gastro Doctor’s!(and still have severe stomach issues)
    I have been taking digestive enzymes for a few years and wondered if they are habit forming and cause atrophy, would that be reversed if I stopped taking them or do they cause irreversible damage when taken too long?
    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge, I learned so much!!!!!

  26. S says:

    Great discussion. Thank you John. I have a fundamental question. Ayurveda says don’t mix fruits with meal/food. Also it says don’t eat anything between meals!. So when I’m supposed to eat the fruits?
    Thank you for your response.

    • Jessica Vellela says:

      Good observation! Fruit as a snack, alone around 4-5pm (at least 3 hours after lunch, and at least 1 hour before dinner) is the ideal time for a healthy person or V/P types. The reason for having fruit alone from other foods is that it takes a much shorter time to digest. And even mixing fruits together (like a fruit salad) can cause trouble for some people due to the high level of sour flavor or post-digestive effect on the body. Strong Kaphas who like to skip breakfast anyways could also have it as a mid-morning snack, 1-2 hours before lunch. HTH!

  27. Teri says:

    Loved the interview…really has me thinking! I suffer with digestive issues….when the student is ready, the teacher appears…thank you so very much !!!

  28. Sandra says:

    Really inciteful talk. Thank you ?

  29. Nathalie says:

    This talk is very interesting. John speaks clearly and goes direct to the point. I like how he connect experience and emotions (e.g. emptiness). He seems to have knowledge and experience as well as being balanced and trustworthy.
    Thanks for this precious information!

  30. Ken says:

    You touched on some great connections between spirit and body while what we eat becomes who we are and the language that makes it more accessible. Thank you for that ! It was very insightful to listen too. The moderator asked some great questions too !

  31. gift says:

    not getting sound and video

  32. Linda says:

    Loved the chance to hear John speak and to hear such great detail on the process and the Moody Tongue. Most helpful, practical and applicable! Thank you so much!

  33. Lea says:

    Thank you! Lots of good information!

  34. Pamela Smith-Noel says:

    This was exceptionally good for a person like myself. No ayurvedic training, interest in eating for health,wanting to have specific direction without reading 10 books. Your delivery was just perfect for me and my future Joyful belly.
    Thank you

  35. dave says:

    Is there any time where gas is not a negative, like a specific food which is gaseous? How do you know what food or from what meal, the gas is coming.

    Thank you

    • John Immel says:

      Dear Dave – that’s a great question. By journaling, eating a simple meal with fewer ingredients, and knowing the Ayurvedic properties of the food, you can usually pinpoint which foods are causing gas. I wouldn’t worry too much about gas 3-4 times a day, but if you pass gas more than 3-4 an hour, that means food is fermenting too much in your gut. -John

  36. Marlene says:

    Very informative and interesting. I certainly want to get to know more about Ayurveda.

  37. Joyce says:

    Thank you John; insightful! I crave a lot of drinks during the day; usually a tea with soya milk to make it feel heavier (I’m a vata); sometimes a cup of miso soup. I guess I need to treat this as a snack? Also wondering if its necessary to have fruit with meals so it doesn’t become a snack; always thought this was better for digestion.

    • Sandra Nicht says:

      Ayurveda says fruit in general should be consumed by itself…

    • John Immel says:

      Yes, I usually consume fruit between meals, because it digests much more quickly than other types of foods. The fructose in fruits can lead to gas if eaten with meals. And yes, the miso soup is a snack, albeit a very simple and easily digested one.

  38. Rose says:

    Great job, John. Just great. Keep sharing with us!

  39. Loraine says:

    What about digestive enzymes to get maximum absorbtion of what we eat and how to take those. I take HCL when I eat along with amalase, lactase, protease, lipase, bromelain, noni, ginger, fennel and green tea extract, lactic acid bacteria and fermented culture of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds (probiotics). (These are in the form of supplementation.) Eating an organic diet and experimenting with digestive enzymes (they are heating and can cause other issues if not careful) has really help me optimize my health. I loved your talk and thank you so much. Ayurveda rocks!

    • John Immel says:

      Hi Loraine, Digestive enzymes are problematic because they are habit forming. Yes they increase absorption, but the problem is that they replace stomach function, rather than strengthening it. So over time enzyme production by your body will atrophy. Usually we recommend avoiding enzymes except for short term use. Thanks so much for writing. -John

  40. elaine says:

    not getting video either – just voice

  41. Rochelle says:

    Great interview! Thank you.

  42. harley says:

    The topic is THE topic. Junkeaters are useless eaters. Problems not solutions.

  43. zulma says:

    Soulful conversation, rich and empowering information. Thank you.

  44. sheila says:

    talk about Fermented food- from the outside. you make it sound like these foods are BAD. please find a way to make that make better sense. lacto-fermentation is critical, right?

    • John Immel says:

      Lacto-fermentation can be good or bad, depending upon the client . I find that Vata clients with weak digestion get very bloated when they ingest live cultures. But Kapha individuals benefit greatly from fermented foods. So like most tools, the individual must determine if fermented foods are a good fit.

  45. Alan says:

    Video not playing. Only getting sound.
    Taking too long to get on with the talk/lecture…..

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