Ever notice how negative thoughts can impact your gut symptoms? Many times, our circumstances and how we experience them influence our gut symptoms leading to hypermotility (and IBS-D) and other people experience it as hypomotility (and IBS-C). Learning to re-frame a negative experience can help to manage IBS symptoms.

Nutrition Pearls for Mindset and Gut Health

  • Emotions – like stress or relief, can impact our gut health.
  • The response to emotions can impact individuals differently resulting in gut symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.
  • Consider the idea that our gut is our “second brain” and the similarities that it shares with our actual brain – like the role they both play in serotonin production.
  • The process of shifting our mindset begins with an awareness of our current mental state
  • With the goal of shifting our mindset – consider the difference between circumstances and the way our thoughts shape our perception of these circumstances.
  • Try writing down your thoughts – AKA a “daily thought download” to help encourage a positive mindset shift.
  •  Be gentle with yourself! Know that it is not easy to overcome negative thoughts and this process is going to be gradual, but it will lead to many positive benefits – like improved gut health!

Today I interview Dr. Parastoo Jangouk on the gut-brain connection and the ways that our mindset perspective influences our digestive health.

Dr. Parastoo Jangouk is dual board certified in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine and a life coach. She has particular interest in gut health, brain-gut interaction, gut microbiome, fitness, weight loss and mindset work. Dr. Jangouk incorporates her coaching skills in promoting gut health, weight loss and treating patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders. She authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals. She is currently living in Austin, TX where she practices Gastroenterology.

We talk about:

  • How Dr. Jangouk became interested in the field of gastroenterology
  • The gut-brain connection
  • The role that hormones play in digestion
  • How our gut microbiome interacts with our digestive cells
  • Where the main source of serotonin production is in our bodies
  • What influences our digestive health and how it impacts our gut microbiome
  • The interaction between our digestive cells and our immune cells
  • How stress, what we think about food, and our symptoms, influence our digestive disorder
  • The difference between circumstances and thoughts
  • How to deal with stressful situations
  • How shifting our thoughts influences our symptom perception and builds resiliency 
  • How to shift our mindset perspective and strategies to help resolve unhelpful thoughts

Connect with Parastoo on her website at mindgutfitmd.com on Instagram @mindgutfitmd or on Twitter or on her Facebook here as well!

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