Ep. #07 The GUT-BRAIN connection with Nutritional Therapist- Annie Breen (UK)

Ep. #07 The GUT-BRAIN connection with Nutritional Therapist- Annie Breen (UK)
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Hi everyone and welcome to doctormommyspeaks parenting podcast.

Did you know that your gut is referred to as the second brain because it is physically connected to it? Trying to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelming feelings begin by working on your gut-brain connection.

In today’s episode, we are going to discover how our gut controls our feeling emotions and our health and how we can tame this little monster.

For giving us more insights into this topic we have with us a special guest all the way from the United Kingdom.

she is registered nutritional therapist, a qualified radionics practitioner (energy healer)  wife, and mum to a 4 year old bonnie

she has spent 10 months living in a mud hut in the eastern cape of South Africa working on a community health education programme.

She has a decade of experience working in support for people with substance misuse, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health and was part of the National Troubled Families Agenda providing coaching and parenting support for families in need.

Please welcome Annie Breen


  • You often talk about gut bacteria in your online courses as our friends, the happy bugs and fat bugs. Can you introduce us to some of these bug friends of yours and why they are important to us too? 

Emotions begin in the GUT.

Trust your GUT feeling.

  • we have heard that a lot. What’s the connection between our mood or emotions with the gut
  • As a mom, I am sure most of us can relate to forgetting the keys in the car or losing our phone and wondering are my cognitive abilities declining? Is mom brain a myth or a reality and what’s the science behind it? 
  • Can you shed some light on irritable bowel syndrome? How to know if we are suffering from it and what are a few common causes of IBS? 
  • So sometimes when I am really exhausted from the day which is every other day, I eat my kid’s chocolates in the night and help them look for it, the next morning. don’t judge me for craving. But what is the deal with cravings and what do they indicate? 
  • You talk a lot about the invisible load of motherhood which is so true. And when it becomes unbearable, it can manifest in the form of various psychosomatic disorders. Can you tell us a bit about some common signs and symptoms of this manifestation of stress? 


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annie_breen_nutrition/ 

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Website: https://anniebreennutrition.co.uk/

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    Wow you also have podcasts too.. this is really awesome. And the topic of this episode was really great. Yes our gastric and mental health has a co relation and many people didn’t understand that properly. It’s really good that your guest has covered all related topics . Will listen it and will check out other episode as well.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thanks Dr. Surbhi, and Yes Annie did share quite useful information that we usually tend to neglect ranging from our diet to lifestyle and mood changes. Do give it a Listen.

  2. Ishieta Chopra

    excellent pod. packed with information which is practical and useful.
    I agree that all of us have become chronologically stressed – and understanding how inflammation and gut are where the imbalance is – have been a big takeaway.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you Ishieta, and your absolutely right identifying small risk factors and rectifying them will make a huge difference in overcoming our stresses.

  3. mahekg

    These are some really interesting facts which you have shared. I wasn’t aware of all of this, your post was very helpful.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      So glad you found it useful. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in establishing good gut health.

  4. Pratibha

    Thanks for mentioning all the details, I got to learn so much from you 😁

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you Pratibha we have more such episodes lined up, that are going to be packed with research backed information so do tune in.

  5. mummatalks

    A very helpful blog. I didnt know a lot of things and it was a superb read and very informative.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you so much.

  6. Madhu Bindra

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  7. Madhu Bindra

    This is interesting. I am bookmarking this post to return to later to check out the podcast. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Ritu

    This is really interesting. I have bookmarked your page and would be back to hear the podcast.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Hey glad to hear that. More insightful episodes coming every Friday

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