Talk therapy: does it play a role in gut health?
Is there more to gut health than just diet? Nutritionist and chartered psychologist Kimberley Wilson looks at the role of talking therapy in gut health.
Stress and the gut
Vagus: a two-way information highway
- Phone (eight one-hour sessions with a therapist alongside treatment as usual [TAU])
- Web (eight online modules and five 30-minute calls with a therapist and TAU)
- Don’t work and eat. All work is a bit stressful and this can impair digestion.
- Breathe out. Long, slow exhalations help to stimulate the vagus nerve, helping to turn on that ‘rest and digest’ response. Try this for a minute before meals.
- Try to manage stress. Ease back on unnecessary commitments, get enough sleep and perhaps try a meditation app to help ease the pressure.
- Consider therapy. Sometimes the things that stress us out are too big for one person. A professional can provide expert support and guidance to help lighten the load.
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This article was published on 26th August 2020.
Kimberley Wilson is a chartered psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. She is a Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Training Committee in Counselling Psychology - the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK.
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