EP 43 | Head Case: Ways Traumatic Brain and Spinal Injuries Dictate Our Digestive Health with Kayle Sandberg-Lewis


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Have you ever connected the dots between an accident and your IBS? I would have never thought a minor brain or spinal injury would have a lasting impact on your gut health, but after today’s conversation, I see how any disruption to the brain stem can interrupt the messages that funnel down to our digestive system.

My guest, Kayla Sandberg-Lewis, offers a non-drug, non-invasive approach to maximizing brain function in her practice, Hive Mind Medicine, in Portland, OR. Kayle incorporates general biofeedback into her stress management practice and is board certified as a provider of neurofeedback.

She is a firm believer that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not an isolated event, but the beginning of a disease process. Even if you’ve never played football or had a horrible accident, there are plenty of less stereotypical, every day occurrences of brain injury that you may have never considered. If you ever fell off the monkey bars, headed a soccer ball, tripped and landed on your tailbone, got rear-ended in a car or thrown off a horse—even if you didn’t have traditional symptoms of concussion—these incidents may have had a lasting effect on your digestive system.

Give this episode a listen, as it might bring a big aha moment or give you a missing piece of your SIBO puzzle.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:
  • How the gut-brain axis works through the vagus nerve
  • Parasympathetic versus sympathetic nervous system and why brain injury effects our ability to switch seamlessly
  • Why TBI is a silent epidemic
  • The downstream symptoms that might crop up after an accident
  • The connection between head and spinal injuries and SIBO
  • LENS Neurofeedback and other systems for retraining your brain and digestive system
  • Supplements and lifestyle changes you can use every day to keep your brain strong
  • The concept of Leaky Brain
  • Why diaphragmatic breathing doesn’t work for some people with structural injuries
  • And so much more…
Resources, mentions and notes:

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Disclaimer: The information in this podcast does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment. The information discussed is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care.

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