Episode 31: The Brain Gut Connection


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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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Summary

‘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 can’t just be about diet, it can’t 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 we’ve talked about on previous epsiodes where we’ve talked about inflammatory bowel disease and type 2 diabetes.

I highly recommend that you check out Dr Rabia’s 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’.


Guest:

Dr Rabia Lalani is a Gastroenterology registrar working in South London. She is currently pursuing research in the field of Neurogastroenterology, otherwise known as the brain-gut connection.

Her goal is to provide an integrated, personalised service by merging mainstream medicine with lifestyle & complementary therapies for Gut health.

Dr Lalani is also a qualified yoga instructor offering private, community classes & yearly yoga retreats!

You can catch up with Dr Lalani via the website noted here or via Instagram @doctor_rabia


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