SIBO Made Simple
SIBO Made Simple
Phoebe Lapine
EP 16 | IBS & Anxiety: Free Your Mind with Hypnotherapy, Your Gut Will Follow with Dr. Megan Riehl
51 minutes Posted May 29, 2019 at 12:00 am.
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We’ve all experienced some telling signs that our gut is connected to our mood. Think butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation, that last minute urge to pee before going on stage. And if you’re someone with SIBO or other digestive issues, you might be dealing with some of the other downwind symptoms that occur when we let our anxiety get out of control.

On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Megan Riehl, a GI psychologist (yes, it’s a thing) who specializes in tactical approaches to relieving visceral hypersensitivity, food fears, and anxiety related to our gut. We talk about how anxiety around your meals or symptoms can become a self-fulfilling IBS prophecy, and explore a really powerful data-backed approach: hypnosis for anxiety, IBS, and other digestive issues.

If you’re someone who’s prone to both anxiety and gut issues, this conversation is a must-listen.

Also, I have a BIG announcement about a secret project I’ve been working on all spring and ways for you to get involved. Don’t miss it.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how it helps with anxiety and gut issues
  • Breathing exercises to dial down our body tension
  • Gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS, IBD, GERD and other issues
  • Why people get visceral hypersensitivity from nerve endings
  • Why you should see a GI doctor in addition to a therapist, and vice versa
  • Cognitive restructuring around food fear and anxiety
  • How to tell the difference between SIBO-induced food fear and disordered eating
  • Strategies for approaching a meal when you have food anxiety
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