More Than You See 2.01 – Lianna Nielsen: The Connection Between our Gut Health and Mental Health 

 May 3, 2021

By  Deborah Lee Smith

Season 2 Episode 1 – Lianna Nielsen – The Connection Between our Gut Health and Mental Health

Welcome back to season 2 of the More Than You See Podcast! I am so excited to have some incredible conversations this season with different actors, filmmakers, nutritionists etc that will open your mind to a whole new side of mental health. I am sure every episode will provide you with a different point of view and resources to help you with your own wellbeing. We start this season with Lianna Nielsen who discussed the direct correlation between gut health and mental health.

Learn more about Lianna

Lianna Nielsen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with specializations in both gut and hormone health. She has a B.A. from the George Washington University and also studied personal leadership and development coaching under Kathleen Schaefer, founder of the Human Being Store.

Lianna was inspired to become a health coach through her own healing journey. In her 20’s she developed an undiagnosable autoimmune condition. After seeing countless unhelpful doctors, which inspired lots of her own research, she discovered she could heal her body through food and lifestyle interventions.

Lianna Nielsen combines both her health coaching and leadership and development training with her own healing journey to teach people to listen and connect more deeply to their own bodies, creating health, vitality and clarity. She has a holistic approach to nutrition and strives to create balance in both physical and mental health, which leads to alignment in all other areas of life.


Every week join me, Deborah Lee Smith actor, filmmaker, mental health advocate for conversations on mental health with nutritionists, actors, filmmakers, artists, etc like you’ve never heard before. My platform, More Than You See is dedicated to exploring nontraditional mental health resources to help you build your own emotional wellness toolkit.

I absolutely discuss therapy, the importance of medication, and highlight organizations around the world devoted to destigmatizing mental health, but I also focus on books, personal practices and insights, podcasts, TED Talks etc, because here’s the thing… I’m not a licensed practitioner or therapist. I’m just a woman exploring my own journey with mental health and sharing my experiences and the experiences of the community with you, the listener. Join me for a weekly conversation every Monday that will be sure to bring a smile to your face and help you feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.

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Read the transcription of this episode with Lianna Neilsen HERE.

Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

Deborah Lee Smith

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