#28: The Brain Gut Connection with Dr Rabia Lalani

26 Aug 2019

Today on the Podcast I’m speaking to Dr Rabia Lalani, a Gastroenterologist and clinical research fellow at the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology from Queen Mary University.

Dr Rabia is in the process of creating a guide using slow deep breathing techniques with audio-visual biofeedback for relief of anxiety & digestive discomfort.

On this pod we’ll be focusing on:

  • The gut brain-axis
  • Functional gut issues
  • How stress impacts gut health
  • Living with gut issues
  • The impact of lifestyle interventions such as breathing

You’ll find the recipe video that I cooked for Dr Rabia  - Tarragon and Sun-dried Tomato Savoury Oats - on the show on my youtube channel so you can see how delicious and easy it was to make .. even whilst recording a podcast!

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There is A LOT of evidence based, safe dietary and lifestyle change that we as practitioners can be confidently discussing with our patients.  Listen to the end for a summary of our discussion and how to improve your overall wellbeing.

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You can go down the investigative route, and it will lead you down a certain path - but what for me, I think the conclusion that I have come to in the last 8 months; breathing in the lab is very interesting but actually in real life, there is no doubt that it has positive effects

Dr Rabia Lalani

I really hope you enjoyed that episode with Dr Rabia as much as I did, I love her research and ethos and with the yoga background too - combining lifestyle medicine too is a breath of fresh air.
To summarise, the way we think impacts the way we digest and vice versa.  A complex model of health requires a complex call to action - so it cant just be about diet, it cant just be about breathing, it has to be looking at the lifestyle intervention tools that we have at our disposal - that includes a diet that is colourful and largely plant based, with lots of different fibre sources.  As well as stress relieving techniques that can include breathing, but can also include - walks in the park, meditation, yoga, different forms of exercise.
There is a lot of evidence for stress reducing techniques and gut issues that may not have a physical cause - this is something that weve talked about on previous epsiodes where weve talked about inflammatory bowel disease and type 2 diabetes.
I highly recommend that you check out Dr Rabias website - www.biobreathe.co.uk - for more information on the work that Dr Rabia is undertaking in this area.
Note: Correction
On the recording, at 1.03:40 - 1.03:49 (approx) Dr Rabia said lowers your threshold to stress and would like to confirm that the term here should have been raises your threshold to stress.
Check out the Youtube Video Here:


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