The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast: #43 Eating Bread with Karen O’Donoghue

Welcome to the Doctor’s Kitchen podcast with me your host Dr Rupy, where we discuss the most important topics and concepts in the medicinal qualities of food and lifestyle.

This Podcast is the place to be for anything to do with nutritional medicine and how we can use both food and lifestyle to prevent and manage ill health as well as maintaining your optimal wellbeing.

My guest today is Karen O’ Donoghue who is the Founder of The Happy Tummy Co. which she established in Hackney, East London back in early 2014.

Having suffered with chronic IBS symptoms since childhood it was in 2013 that Karen cleared up her symptoms for good through applying 2 years of scientific research on how our gut bacteria like to eat to fermented bread recipes. From her bakery in Hackney.

Karen sent this unique, gut friendly bread throughout the UK and Ireland to help others eradicate themselves of their IBS symptoms too.

It quickly became known as “the magic poo bread”.

An activist for fibre, real bread, connecting with the land and teff Karen has now moved to East Sussex where she has opened a bakery school deep in the countryside surrounded by farmland, herds of cattle and sheep and night time hedgehogs. Her mission to re-establish connection with the earth and our hands is paramount in her mission to eradicate people of their IBS symptoms.

We talk about so many different topics on this podcast. Karen’s journey, the importance of seed banks and maintaining an open and respectful perspective on different types of farming.

And remember, you can checkout the recipe I made Karen over on YouTube by clicking here:

Also go check out The Happy website and do  follow Karen and the team  on Instagram too and keep an eye out for any events they are hosting this year or festivals that they’re going to be at – definitely get yourself along to something if you can, you won’t regret it!


You can listen to the podcast episode by clicking here:


“Well 60% of the seeds that are legally allowed to be traded worldwide are owned by four companies, which are doing bad, bad stuff to the soil”

Karen O’Donoghue


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Karen as much as I did.  What an inspirational figure in the wellness industry and an amazing person.

As discussed by Karen, soil health is super important – try and get involved at any of your local community farming shops where you can find good quality bread and good quality organic fruits and vegetables and getting into conversations with more and more farmers because they are crucial when it comes to this conversation around optimising human health and preventing disease.

I will definitely be doing some more podcasts on soil quality as I think it’s a super important issue and something I want to educate myself on too – so watch out for those coming up in the near future.


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