Gut Health: My Experience with SIBO, Gut Inflammation, GERD and Stress

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Recently I went on a gut health journey. In this post, I’m going to share how I healed  from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), gut inflammation, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). By sharing my journey, I hope I can help you take charge of your own gut health as well.

Maybe you suffer from heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux. Maybe you have a lot of uncomfortable symptoms that your doctor has chalked up to IBS. Maybe you don’t know what the hell is wrong, but you just feel awful.

You might recognize my symptoms as your own, or feel empowered to advocate for your own treatment. I want to emphasize that it’s really important to speak with your doctor and not self-diagnose on Google (more on that later).

That being said, I know how lonely and frustrating it can be when you’re trying to figure out what’s up with your gut. So it’s my hope that I can offer you clarity and support on your healing journey! I’ll break down what I’ve learned about SIBO, GERD and more, share how I healed, offer up some awesome recipes and more.

But first, I want to begin with a personal story…

Trauma, stress and gut health

In 2016 I hit a major bottom.

In a therapy session, I was struck with a memory that I’d dissociated from for decades. I remembered a trauma from my childhood.

This moment was a major turning point in my life. It explained my drug addiction, my food addiction, my stress, my anxiety, and why I so desperately needed to control every corner of my life.

I don’t like to sit in my suffering, so I dove right into recovery.

I began doing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also known as tapping), and three therapy sessions a week.

I was terrified by what I’d discovered and I wanted relief.

As I started to heal and slow down, I became aware of how my unhealed trauma had been the root cause of some serious physical conditions, such as chronic stress, severe TMJ, adrenal fatigue and, worst of all, gut inflammation. I finally began to pay attention to digestive issues that had plagued me for more than 10 years. Physical symptoms that I had ignored for so long.

The gut-brain connection

the mind-gut connection by emeran mayer md | gut healthThe more trauma I unveiled, the greater the symptoms became. Quickly I learned about the gut-brain connection. The enteric nervous system in our guts is often called our “second brain,” and it communicates all the time with the actual brain. There’s still a lot of research to be done in this area, but it’s really fascinating. You can check out more on the gut-brain connection here and here. There are several books on the subject, including The Second Brain by Michael Gershon, MD, and The Mind-Gut Connection, by Emeran Mayer, MD.

As I researched this connection, it became crystal clear that my unhealed trauma was the root cause of my gut inflammation.

It took me seven months to write this blog because I wanted to make sure I was spiritually healed from the trauma that my gut inflammation caused. Gut health is a major issue — 60 to 70 million Americans have digestive diseases. I’m super passionate about this topic and it’s finally time for me to share my healing methods with you. Some of these methods will be holistic and some will be based on Western medicine. But the most important method of all is the spiritual healing. Without the spiritual healing you cannot truly be free from gut inflammation.

Let me preface that I am not a medical doctor or a registered dietitian, so please consult with your physician before taking any of my advice. I have had this blog reviewed by several MD’s and gut experts, but I strongly recommend you seek professional medical guidance before you begin your own protocol.

Later in this post I’ll share my favorite spiritual methods for managing stress and maintaining gut health! But let’s start by talking about GERD.

My experience with GERD

For a while my gut inflammation manifested as severe acid reflux, which is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The heartburn, reflux and gastritis flared up when I was processing my deep-rooted anger and rage.

Acid reflux can be caused by a weak esophageal sphincter. At this point you might be thinking, “Hold on. What is an esophageal sphincter?” It’s a muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach, and it can lose elasticity as you age. But when you’re under 50 and experience reflux, it’s typically a sign of gut inflammation. (More on heartburn and reflux below.)

My reflux was so bad that it created serious inflammation in my gut. It manifested as gastritis, which means your stomach lining is inflamed. I devoted a year of my life to healing the physical symptoms of the reflux and heartburn. Then, when I thought I was in the clear, I hit another turning point in my emotional trauma recovery. More on that below. First, let’s talk about GERD and its common symptoms.

What is GERD?

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. About 20% of Americans have GERD.

GERD is what happens when your stomach acid frequently flows back into esophagus, which is the tube connecting your mouth and stomach. This is also known as acid reflux, and it can irritate the lining of your esophagus.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

    • Heartburn, which is a burning sensation in your chest that often occurs after eating or at night
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Regurgitating a sour-tasting liquid or food
    • The feeling of a lump in your throat

GERD treatment

You can treat GERD with over-the-counter medications like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta) as well as lifestyle changes such as eating slowly and not lying down after eating (I talk more about this later). You can find more information here.

When GERD is really bad, you may need to take prescription medications such as acid blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). While I believe these products are overly prescribed, they do have massive value when you really need to put the fire out.

That was the case for me. Six months into my trauma recovery I started to get acid reflux and heartburn symptoms. I was so unfamiliar with these symptoms that I called my father-in-law, who’s a cardiologist, terrified that I was having a heart issue. He immediately assured me that I was having acid reflux and recommended that I get an over-the-counter acid blocker. Since I was brought up using homeopathy, I was not accustomed to taking over-the-counter drugs and I resisted his advice. This was a terrible idea!

I spent two months trying to heal my reflux and heartburn with strictly holistic methods (seen below). These methods can be great, but if you’re seriously inflamed they won’t be enough. My gut was so inflamed that changing my diet and using holistic methods were not helping. I continued to read holistic blogs that said how bad acid blockers and PPI’s were because they lowered the acid in your digestive system, and we need acid to digest our food so that we don’t get reflux in the first place. And while today I agree with this theory, I learned the hard way that there is a VERY important place for modern medicine.

Treating GERD with Western medicine and holistic methods

I spent two months self-diagnosing on Google and again, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. Please do not diagnose yourself based on this blog. I’m sharing my own experience so you can see what my own healing journey looked like, but yours might look different. So it’s really important to find a doctor or a team of doctors and work with them!

I learned this lesson the hard way. I found myself sicker than ever after my rogue Googling. My reflux was so bad that I couldn’t sleep through the night. I was losing my voice because my esophagus was so inflamed, and at times I struggled to breathe.

Finally I got the right medical attention and saw a gastrointestinal doctor. He scheduled an emergency endoscopy (upper GI exam) and diagnosed me with gastritis. He explained to me that the only way to heal the inflammation was to put me on three months of PPI’s, or 40 mg of Nexium per day.

While this went against my holistic views, I had to surrender to a plan beyond my own. I trusted my doctor and followed his suggestion. His goal was to help me get off the PPI’s within three months so that I wouldn’t be dependent on them. He felt great about me combining my holistic/diet methods with the PPI protocol. And while he’s a traditional MD, he agreed that a lifelong PPI protocol (unless it’s absolutely necessary) wasn’t the solution due to the risks associated with them.

So I followed a nontraditional plan of Western medicine protocol and supercharged holistic methods!
gabby bernstein with a glass of lemon water | gut health

Outlined below is the process I took to heal my gastritis and thereby heal GERD (acid reflux and heartburn). If you have low-level heartburn or reflux, the holistic methods outlined may be enough. If you have severe issues, I recommend getting a stool test and seeing a GI doctor to look more closely at your gut lining. You may need a PPI protocol for a period of time.

The I diet I followed to heal GERD, acid reflux and heartburn

Note that this is the diet I followed when healing my acid reflux and heartburn. This is not a SIBO diet. No matter which one you’re healing, be sure to talk to your doctor about your own diet, since we are all different.

Remove the following foods when you’re healing GERD

  • bell peppers | gut healthCaffeine (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc.)
  • Gluten, dairy and sugar (because they are super inflammatory)
  • Raw vegetables (they are harder to digest and can irritate the gut lining)
  • Citrus, though lemon in hot water is fine
  • Sparkling water (creates gas)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes, eggplants and other nightshades
  • All fried food
  • You may even want to remove grains. I found that taking grains out altogether really helped me heal my gut faster.

Great foods and supplements that I used to heal GERD

    • L-Glutamine powder (consult with your doctor before trying this)
    • Digestive enzymes 30 minutes before meals
    • Bitters in your water before a meal
    • Collagen powder if you’re not vegetarian/vegan (add to your herbal tea)
    • Gelatin if you’re not vegetarian/vegan (healthy jelly recipe below)
    • DGL (licorice capsules) are great before a meal. They help you with digestion.
    • Herbal teas are great for digestion: licorice, camomile, slippery elm root, marshmallow root.
    • Slippery elm root lozenges are great for coating the gut lining.
    • Coconut oil is a great addition to a smoothie daily. The coconut oil coats your gut lining and is a fantastic antibacterial.
    • Probiotics (as long as you don’t have SIBO — I’ll explain more later)
    • Cooked leafy greens
    • Organic/grass-fed meat is great if you eat meat
    • Wild salmon
    • Ginger tea
    • Go easy on the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. You can have them sparingly if they’re really cooked down. This is the one time when your goal is to boil your veggies to death!

Apple cider vinegar, kefir and bone broth for healing GERD

Start your day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in hot water. Vinegar may sound like a strange thing to drink, but ACV is great for getting your stomach acid working in the morning to help you digest for the day.

For breakfast you can enjoy a glass of kefir or have it in a bowl with blueberries. Kefir is a cultured food that has great anti-inflammatory properties and can ease symptoms of acid reflux. Kefir is filled with Lactobacillus bacterium plus many other probiotics. These probiotics balance your gut flora, benefit your digestion and therefore support you in healing reflux.

the bone broth secret louise hay heather daneBone broth is another medicinal food that greatly helps heal inflammation in the gut. When collagen is cooked it becomes gelatin, which is filled with amino acids that greatly support your gut health. Some of the many gut benefits of bone broth are that it stimulates acid production that helps with digestion, aids in liver detoxification, restores the intestinal wall, enhances your immune system and much more. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and don’t want to include bone broth in your diet, you can get good benefits from adding L-Glutamine powder to your morning shake. For more on bone broth, check out Louise Hay’s book The Bone Broth Secret.

What’s most important is that you pay attention to the foods that aggravate you. Everyone is different. Become conscious and aware of the foods that activate your reflux or heartburn. For some people raw food is great, whereas for me it was a major no no! The more you pay attention to how food makes you feel the sooner you can begin to heal.

Watch your portions when healing GERD

blackberries and blueberries | gut health
Finally, a big part of healing GERD/acid reflux is to watch your portions. I’m not suggesting that you deprive yourself, but I am recommending you eat less in one sitting. When you overeat you tax your digestive tract, which can make it harder for the acid in your stomach to breakdown the food. If you chew well and eat less, you assist your digestive juices in digesting your food. Help your gut do its hard work. 🙂 Make sure to be relaxed when you eat, chew each bite and enjoy your meal. The more you enjoy your food the easier it will be to digest.

How PPI’s and acid blockers can help GERD

I don’t recommend making acid blockers and PPI’s a habit because they mask the actual issue, which is gut inflammation. But if you’re really suffering you must talk to your doctor about a PPI or acid blocker protocol to put out the fire and give your gut some relief. These pills have a valuable place in your healing plan, but they shouldn’t be something you have to rely on for a lifetime, unless you have a critical condition.

To learn more about acid blockers and PPI’s, consult with your GI medical professional and let them know that you don’t want to become reliant on them. Ask your doctor to create a plan that will help you wean off slowly within three to four months or less.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose a PPI protocol it’s very important to know that you have to wean off of these medications. When you take a PPI you’re blocking your stomach acid by reducing it. When you reduce your stomach acid you give your gut a break from the inflammation. Throughout your PPI protocol, follow my diet/holistic plan so that you can heal your gut simultaneously. Then, when you’re ready to get off the PPI’s (once you’ve had at least three weeks of no symptoms), you must slowly wean off.

Here’s what I did: I took 40 mg of Nexium each day. When I was ready to wean off I started taking 40 every other day. Then 40 every three days. Then I went down to 20 every three days. And by week three I was down to 20 once a week. Eventually I no longer needed them. You must wean! If you get off the meds too fast the acid will flare up and your symptoms will come back stronger than before. Work with your GI doctor to create a plan for getting off your medications.

My experience with SIBO

gabby bernstein relaxing in a wooden chair with a mug of teaHere’s the situation. I had healed my reflux after a year of concentrated effort. It was three months before my book Judgment Detox was released. My project manager was on maternity leave, which meant that I was launching a book without the support I’d grown to rely on.

This experience of feeling out of control triggered my trauma and sent me into a fight-or-flight response. In that state I experienced tremendous fear, the overwhelming need to control and chronic stress. Stress is the #1 cause of gut inflammation. And man was inflamed!

In November, two months before the book launch, I started to notice a strange pain in my upper gut. I had suffered from ulcers in the past so I thought that was what it was. I spent two months trying to heal my gut with my typical methods, but nothing seemed to work. The pain got worse and every time I ate my stomach would blow up like a balloon.

I started to share my symptoms with the doctors I know and they all weighed in with the same response: “It sounds like you have SIBO.”

What is SIBO?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a gut condition that occurs when bacteria that usually grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. SIBO has different causes, but one thing is clear: Stress makes it worse.

When you’re stressed, your gut motility (aka the stretching and contractions of the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract) slows down. As a result, food gets caught in your small intestine. When the food is stagnant, it creates bacteria that grows like a weed. The bacteria causes gas and inflammation, which in turn leads to massive pain in your upper gut, along with chronic bloating, diarrhea or constipation. To put it bluntly, SIBO sucks.

Finding a great SIBO doctor is key

I started to self-diagnose with the information from my doctor friends and hours of Google searches. Let me be clear: I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU DO THIS. My doctor friends didn’t diagnose me; they were just giving me some direction. Instead of making a doctor’s appointment, I got obsessive on the internet.

Thankfully, the Universe saved me from myself by giving me a sign. One afternoon in the midst of my gut struggles, I received a random text from my friend Christine. We hadn’t spoken in months and for some strange reason she felt compelled to text me, “How are you? I’ve been struggling. I have SIBO!” I instantly responded, “Omg I think I have it too!” We got on a call and she put me in touch with her SIBO specialist, a naturopath in California named Dr. Aliza Cicerone. This was a miracle moment.

I immediately set up an appointment with Dr. C! She knew everything about SIBO, a condition that hasn’t gotten nearly enough research or love. I had spent months researching SIBO on my own, and it was clear to me that Dr. C had the best protocol by far.

Dr. Cicerone was integral to my SIBO healing. But she was not my only doctor. Dr. Elena Ferran at NYU-Langone and Dr. Jeffrey Morrison were also part of my amazing team.

Other doctors I recommend are Dr. Aviva RommDr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Robin Berzin.

Diagnosing and treating SIBO

SIBO is kind of the new kid on the block in the GI world. I tried really hard to find reliable information on SIBO before Christine put me in touch with Dr. C. But there just wasn’t much out there. So I interviewed Dr. Cicerone about SIBO: What it is, classic symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how to treat it. Below is my interview with Dr. C!

What is SIBO and how do we get it?

Dr. Cicerone: SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I try not to be too generic with my answers because the protocol is personalized. How we get it is a tricky thing. But some common things I see are:

  • A history of high antibiotic use: people who were sick a lot as kids, people who travel internationally, people who have a history of UTI’s.
  • People who have had digestive issues long-term, struggled with constipation their whole life.
  • There is a strong link between IBS/Crohn’s and SIBO.

How are stress and SIBO related?

Dr. C: Stress doesn’t cause SIBO, but looking at stress is a huge component of treating SIBO. Your nervous system has two components to it, opposing yet synergistic sides. The sympathetic nervous system is fight-or-flight response, the alarm state. The parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite. It’s “rest and digest,” meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness.

dr. aliza cicerone spark healthIn order to have proper digestion and normal, smooth muscle contractions that propel our food and fecal matter all through our digestive tract, we have to be able to go into the parasympathetic state. Our body should be able to toggle back and forth.

In a state of stress, we become sympathetically dominant. Think about if you’ve been through a difficult time in your life: You’re on high alert. You’re jumpy. Our body doesn’t digest well in this state. Our GI system’s functioning is really diminished. Your body is all revved up, and all its energy is going to your muscles and your brain: How do I get out of this situation? How do I run away? Of my five pillars for healing SIBO, one is stress reduction. You can do everything else, but if you’re still in that alarm state all the time, it will go right back to how it is.

What percentage of people you know can say, “I live a pretty stress-free life”? This is why we see SIBO so much in our society. It’s really widespread and almost an epidemic. But there’s still not a lot of research out there. SIBO is in the small intestine. Diagnosing it requires a breath test. You’re testing levels of hydrogen and methane gas. The gas in your body can be manipulated easily. Normal bacteria in your large intestine can fuel those gases. It’s easy to get a false negative. So in order to diagnose SIBO, you need to know what a true negative looks like.

What are classic SIBO symptoms?

Dr. C: GI symptoms can vary. One that I see most often: You’re bloated all the time, every time you eat. People say, “I’m not bloated when I wake up and by the end of the day I look like I’m pregnant.” That’s a hallmark SIBO symptom. Even if you’re eating a diet full of healthy fiber, that fiber actually feeds it!

Other symptoms include bowel changes for sure. Frequent diarrhea, but also chronic constipation.

One side of SIBO that doesn’t get talked about enough — the neurological manifestations. There’s a strong link between restless leg syndrome and SIBO. I had a patient who had a lot of issues with balance or walking in the last five years, but no digestive issues. Everybody noticed that she was walking better once we treated SIBO.

These symptoms are less frequent, but when people have seen rheumatology, neurology, etc., and they have no answers, I know we need to check it.

How do you treat SIBO?

Dr. C: You’ve got to hit it hard. People have different ways in which they treat it. For example, there are botanicals you can use. I do a double antibiotic treatment. I’ve had better results this way. This can be a little controversial, but my feeling is, if you have SIBO there is no “good” bacteria. When I do a SIBO breath test, I also do a stool test of the large intestine. So I look at the whole picture of the whole GI tract. In 99.9% of my SIBO patients, there is nothing good growing.

How I describe it is: Think of a yard. It’s overgrown with weeds, piles of dog poop, a total mess. You can’t just say, “I’m going to plant this orange tree and throw down some grass seed and expect to have a flourishing yard.” You have to throw down that weed killer. You have to pick up the trash. You have to till and fertilize the soil. You need a good environment where things can grow.

For SIBO, you need antibiotics or even really strong antibacterial herbs. We use antibiotics to get rid of that bad bacteria. The main one I use is very locally active in the GI tract to kill the bugs. There are no dietary restrictions during this time.

After the antibiotics phase, we starve the bugs for 40 days. You remove their dietary fuel source. Our nutritionist individualizes a diet for each person. During this time you’re really shifting the environment. We have to make our GI tract a hospitable place for good digestive bacteria to grow and inhospitable for bad bacteria.

I don’t recommend one diet for everyone because people’s microbiomes are so different. The general rules are very low fiber, low fermentable foods, nothing raw, no grains, no dairy, no nuts, no legumes, no packaged or prepared food, no sugar except for what’s in allowed cooked fruits and vegetables. You are committed to cooking everything that goes into your mouth for 40 days. It’s absolutely possible to heal SIBO on a vegan diet, but your protein is very limited if not nonexistent. You have to be very conscious of protein. You can have chestnuts and sesame seeds (think tahini).

We also have to reconnect our nervous system and digestive system. Your digestive system is smooth muscle, involuntary muscle. (The uterus is another example.) We don’t get to consciously say, “I want my stomach to start churning around.” With SIBO, the gut-brain connection is really diminished.

With SIBO, the gut-brain connection is really diminished.

Preventing SIBO recurrence is about establishing the gut-brain connection. I use a compounded medication for it. Some people opt for herbal support. I like the compounded meds because they work on gut-brain connectivity.

The last component is stress management. People need to get into a state mentally, physically and emotionally, where it’s not an alarm state. It’s different for different people: meditations, journaling, a parasympathetic essential oil blend that you rub on the upper neck behind the ear before you eat, gentle exercise, yoga, eating more slowly.

Once SIBO has been treated, what’s the next step?

Dr. C: Slowly expand the things you can eat. Have specific lists of foods you can add in. Once we get your body more acclimated to eating those fiber-full foods, we do another stool test and we’ve moved this all out through the digestive tract. Based on this we can determine what we can introduce.

With supplements and food, you continue to maintain an environment where good, healthy, beneficial bacteria can grow and bad cannot. It’s important to maintain good stomach acid and pancreatic and gallbladder function.

When should you retest for SIBO?

Dr. C: After two weeks of antibiotics and one month of the diet, you retest.

An herbal approach to treating SIBO

I asked Dr. Aviva Romm for her perspective on treating SIBO, in order to share multiple perspectives. Here’s what she says:

While certain antibiotics can be very important in the treatment of SIBO, using any antibiotics can also contribute to antibiotic resistance, and sometimes, these specific medications are cost prohibitive. In my medical practice I often turn to herbal approaches because research shows that they can be just as effective (if not more) than medications, and they are affordable and accessible, without contributing to antibiotic resistance.

Examples of herbs that have been studied and found effective for reducing bacterial overgrowth include berberine from goldenseal, Oregon grape root, or barberry, oregano, thyme and red sage. Herbs that have been found to have a healing effect on the gut lining include chamomile, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root and licorice root. These herbs should not be used during pregnancy, and should always be used with the guidance of a qualified health practitioner to make sure you’re using effective and safe doses.

What if SIBO doesn’t go away?

I asked Dr. Jeffrey Morrison about what to do if SIBO doesn’t respond to treatment. He says:

If a person has followed the meal plan, spiritual practices, antibiotics and herbs, and symptoms are still not improving, it’s worth considering there is some part of the diagnostic testing that may have been overlooked. Some hidden causes for recurrent SIBO can include: yeast overgrowth, parasites, worms, lyme disease or a Lyme co-infection, heavy metal accumulation, mold toxin exposure.

If you have resistant SIBO, it may be worth asking your doctor about the possibilities that Dr. Morrison has suggested.

What happened after my SIBO diagnosis

Not only did I follow Dr. C’s medical plan by the letter, but I also created my own spiritual plan for recovery. Healing the gut cannot be just about food, medicine and supplements. It must be a spiritual path.

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Seven months after my SIBO diagnosis, my digestion has never been better. I know what I can digest and I stay far away from what I can’t. I’ve established a lifestyle around a “digestion-based diet” that focuses on what I intuitively know serves me. And I’ve become an expert at minimizing stress and dealing with it fast. I know that if I want to have a healthy gut, stress is non-negotiable.

Healing stress is essential for gut health

gabby bernstein cozy in a chair with mug of tea

As a spiritual student and teacher I believe that our physical symptoms have emotional and spiritual root causes. Underneath our illnesses are unhealed trauma, rage, shame and suffering. If we don’t address the root cause of a condition, it will keep coming back. Our body reveals to us the unhealed parts of our shadow. This isn’t something to be afraid of. Our body is our greatest guide.

Gut health affects everything in your body

When it comes to gut inflammation I believe that stress is the root cause. Stress creates inflammation and often starts in the gut. Gut inflammation can then create other physical conditions in your body, such as joint pain, chronic migraines, depression/anxiety, acne, infertility, brain fog, low sex drive and many more. Healing stress is a must if you’re going to heal your gut.

Below are a few ways to reduce your stress. These are some of my favorite tools for lowering stress so I can rest and digest! Even if your gut health is stellar, tools such as EFT and meditation will help you greatly in many ways. You’ll manage stress better, you’ll have less anxiety, your sleep will improve and you’ll be better at staying calm and focused in stressful situations.

Emotional Freedom Technique for stress and anxiety

the tapping solution eft tapping pointsOne of the greatest ways to begin healing the root cause condition of stress is through a powerful process called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It’s also known as tapping.

What is EFT?

EFT is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional health. EFT combines the cognitive benefits of therapy with the physical benefits of acupuncture to restore your energy and heal your emotions. EFT doesn’t use needles. You just stimulate certain meridian points on the upper body (seen in the diagram) by tapping on them with your fingertips.

How does EFT work?

The goal of EFT is to balance disturbances in your energy field. More than 5,000 years ago the Chinese recognized a series of energy circuits that run through the body. They called these circuits meridians, and today this concept is the basis for acupuncture and acupressure healing.

When you tap on specific energy meridians found on your face, head, arm and chest, you can release old fears, limiting beliefs, negative patterns and even physical pain. While you tap you talk out loud about the issue you are working to heal. Allowing yourself to emote while simultaneously tapping on the energy points sends a signal to the brain that it’s safe to relax. Our fear response, which is controlled by the amygdala, is lessened.

Guided EFT video for stress

If you feel inspired to begin addressing the root cause behind your stress, let’s begin the EFT process. (If the root cause of your stress is related to judgment, you can get great guidance from me here.)

Start by rating your stress level on a scale of 0 to 10, 10 being the most severe.

Then take a moment to write down the most pressing issue (MPI) causing your stress. Some examples:

I’m so stressed because of work.
I’m stressed because of my marriage.
I’m juggling so much that I’m stressed.

Or it can simply be, “I’m stressed out.”

Next, press play on this video and tap with me.

What to do after EFT

Now that you’ve finished your tapping session, rate your MPI on a scale of 1 to 10 again. It’s likely you moved down the scale, maybe from a 10 to a 4 or even a 0!

Take note of the emotional shift that occurred. If this worked for you, then keep tapping! If it didn’t work, keep tapping! Tapping has countless benefits, and stress reduction is one of the greatest. In order to heal your gut you have to heal the root cause condition: stress.

Finding a therapist for more support

Please note that EFT may ignite other feelings or memories that inform the root cause condition of your stress. If things like this come up, seek professional support with a therapist. Here are some resources worth checking out:

Meditate to reduce stress

Practicing the EFT video above will help you get to the root cause of your stress and anxiety. Once you’ve applied the EFT practice, you’ll feel great relief. I recommend practicing it regularly. The more you do it, the more familiar you’ll get with the process and the more you can weave it into your everyday life.

Another spiritual method for releasing stress and anxiety is to have a daily meditation practice. I have countless blog posts on meditation, and you can begin your meditation journey today with my free 4-track meditation album. All of these meditations will help you release stress in minutes! Get my free album here.

de-stress in 10 minutes a day free meditations gabby bernstein

I have a few more stress-busting tips for you. They’re part of what I call The Digestion Diet, which I’ve outlined below!

The Digestion Diet: A practical and spiritual plan for long-term gut health

I don’t believe there’s one diet for everyone. Some people do really well on a diet with lots of variety, some thrive on a whole-foods, plant-based diet, some people rock the raw, and others go big with meat. I don’t care what diet you choose. All that I care about is that you properly digest your food. Hence the concept I’ve coined: The Digestion Diet!

The Digestion Diet isn’t just about food. There are several important components to digesting well…

Get to know your own body

gabby bernstein slicing lemons in her kitchen | gut healthI believe that the best way to heal gut inflammation is to reduce stress and digest! Healthy digestion is key to our overall well-being. Throughout my gut healing journey I’ve become super clear about which foods aggravate my gut and which don’t. Some foods that you’d think would be awesome for me are actually really hard for me to digest.

For instance, raw food and I are not friends. No bueno! I have come to accept that my vegetables have to be cooked, and cooked well. I’ve also learned that I can eat dairy, but softer dairy like goat or sheep’s milk is a lot easier for me. I now know that I can’t eat fruit after a meal because the fruit digests faster than the other food and therefore ferments on top of my earlier meal. This may not be an issue for folks with a stronger stomach but for me, again, NO BUENO!

Learning what my body likes and doesn’t like has saved me. I can now consciously eat food that makes me feel good. My food choices may seem strange to others, but they work for me. And that is what’s so important. It’s all about what works for you. I’m sharing what worked for me to give you an idea of what it means to get to know your own body!

Ask your doctor about food combining

When focusing on the digestion diet I am very conscious of food combining. The concept behind food combining is that certain kinds of foods pair well together for optimal digestion (such as grains and low-starch vegetables), while others don’t (grains and protein).

Some folks, like my husband, have a stomach of steel and can eat fruit after meals and mix grains with protein. If you have any GI issues I recommend talking with your GI doctor about what is healthiest for you and whether there are certain food combinations you should avoid. Put your digestion first.

Pray before meals

gabby bernstein praying | gut healthAnother key ingredient in the Digestion Diet is prayer. I pray before each meal to center myself and connect to my food. Affirm how you want to feel through prayer. You can say a prayer like, “May this food nourish me and heal me. May I enjoy every bite, eat mindfully and digest well.” Pray for how you want to feel. Prayer will encourage your digestion by calming you down.

Be a mindful eater

When it comes to digestion, the less stress you put on your GI tract the better. Become a mindful eater by thoroughly chewing your food (30 chews per bite of food) while repeating a positive mantra. A beautiful mantra I learned from my Kundalini meditation teacher training is, “I love my food, my food loves me.” The more slowly you eat, the less likely you’ll be to overeat and stress your digestive system. By eating mindfully I still get plenty of calories and enjoy my meals. But I’m not abusing my digestive tract by making it work too hard.

Don’t go to bed shortly after dinner

gabby bernstein taking a walk in autumn | gut healthAnother digestion no-no is lying flat after consuming a meal. Your digestive tract needs your support. Sitting up straight helps the food sweep through and promotes healthy digestion. When you lie down after a meal (which I know can be tempting), you can often experience acid reflux or regurgitate your food. Your esophageal sphincter holds the food and acid down. When you lie flat, it relaxes and food can come up. It’s important to treat your esophageal sphincter well. Reducing stress helps, because when you’re stressed the sphincter relaxes and then flaps up, which causes acid and food to go up your esophagus rather than stay in your stomach for proper digestion.

To support your digestion, do your best not to take a nap or go to sleep for at least three hours after you eat. You need three hours to fully digest your meal. If you struggle with reflux or heartburn (especially those pregnant mamas in their third trimester!), it’s super important to eat dinner early and fully digest before you go to bed. You’ll sleep much better, dream better and wake up feeling rested.

To optimize your digestion, you can also check out the Healthy Bowel Systems Exercise guided by my dear friend and Kundalini teacher Jamie Graber, which is included in this blog post.

Intermittent fasting

Another Digestion Diet suggestion is intermittent fasting (IF). I’m pregnant as I write this, so I’m not practicing this at the moment. But when I’m not eating for two I like to practice intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a diet where you switch between periods of eating and fasting. It’s not so much about what to eat as it is about when to eat. There are different ways people practice intermittent fasting. Some people fast for 24 hours one or two days a week. Others take long breaks between dinner one day and breakfast the next.

I love to fast for at least 14 hours in between dinner and breakfast. I will eat my last meal no later than 6 pm and then not eat breakfast until 8 am. The later you eat dinner, the later you eat breakfast. If I wake up early I’ll have a big glass of water before it’s time to eat breakfast.

Intermittent fasting can be fantastic for your digestion because it gives your GI tract a break. However, be sure to talk to your doctor before you start any diet, especially if you have any other health conditions or take other medications. If you try intermittent fasting, it’s important to do it in an informed way so you know you’re getting proper nutrition.

Detox in an infrared sauna

One more great way that I reduced my stress and inflammation during my SIBO healing was by regularly getting into an infrared sauna. My infrared sauna was my favorite place to meditate while I detoxed and healed inflammation (note: don’t use it if you’re pregnant). For more on infrared sauna healing, click here.

Heal with meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool for healing our physical body. From a spiritual perspective, our thoughts and feelings create our reality. If we are constantly thinking things like, “I’m so sick,” “I’ll never feel better,” or “I have a lot of digestion problems,” we will continue to experience illness.

Therefore, I believe it’s very important that we change our thoughts. When we change our thoughts, we redirect our energy onto healing! As soon as we do this, the Universe gets to work supporting our energetic request. One powerful meditation for wellness is my Body Love Meditation. It’s part of my free 4-track meditation album.

 

feel health and vibrant gabby bernstein free body love meditation

All you have to do is press play and I’ll guide you. If you are serious about healing, I recommend practicing this meditation daily for the next 40 days. Click here to get my Body Love Meditation (and three more guided meditations) for free.

Get groovy in the kitchen!

gluten free sugar free blueberry muffins gabby bernstein instagramOnce I started committing to the digestion diet I knew that I had to get creative. If I was going to eat food with the exact ingredients that made me feel good I’d have to prepare a lot of it on my own. This began what I call the Gabby Cooking Show on Instagram!

I started to have a lot of fun in the kitchen and I challenged myself to health-ify recipes that I once used to love. For instance, I’d make gluten-free chicken cutlets, sugar-free and gluten-free banana bread, and countless other recipes that contributed to my gut health. Here are some of my favorite gut-healing recipes that will nourish you and are fun to cook!

Tahini Fudge

When I was healing SIBO I got this recipe from Dr. C’s nutritionist, Catherine Marcellino. This tahini fudge rocked my world. I’d eat it by the spoonful!!!

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. ghee or organic palm oil shortening
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
Liquid stevia (I use vanilla flavored)
Salt
¼ to ⅓ cup tahini

Directions
1. In a small glass container (I like the square or rectangle shapes, with a wide, flat surface area), melt shortening/ghee and coconut oil, just until soft.
2. Stir in liquid stevia (equivalent of 3 packets of stevia) and cinnamon.
3. Stir in tahini. Mix well with spoon.
4. Place in the freezer to set, and then score with a knife and eat! Yum!

Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Banana Bread

I love making banana bread! Writing down a recipe is really hard for me because typically I don’t use them. But here goes…

Ingredients
2 bananas
2 eggs (or flax eggs if you’re vegan)
2 cups of chestnut flour (or almond/coconut flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup coconut cream (add more if you want it fluffier)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
Walnuts

Directions
1. Mix all the wet ingredients into one bowl and blend.
2. Mix the dry ingredients into another bowl.
3. Combine the two mixtures and blend with a handheld blender or a spoon.
4. Grease a loaf dish with coconut oil or butter, then pour the mixture into the dish.
5. Bake at 350° F 40-60 minutes. It’s done when a fork stuck into the loaf comes out smoothly.

Whole Roasted Chicken by Robyn Youkilis

Ingredients
1 (4- to 5-pound) whole chicken, neck and giblets removed from the cavity
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil, ghee or grass-fed butter
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced (optional)
Fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary or thyme (optional)

Directions
1. Heat the oven to 425° F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Place the chicken on a work surface or cutting board and pat it dry with paper towels.
3. Drizzle the oil on the chicken and rub it all over the skin. Season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Place the lemon and herbs inside the cavity, if using. Place the chicken
breast-side up in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet.
4. Roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375°F and continue
roasting until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165° F, about 50 minutes to 1 hour more.
5. Remove the chicken from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let it rest about 15 to 20
minutes before carving.

Good Gut Gummies by Robyn Youkilis

This recipe is from Robyn’s book Go with Your Gut

good gut gummies robyn youkilis go with your gutIngredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries or raspberries (or a mix of the two)
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon or lime juice (or a mix of the two)
  • 2 to 3 tsp. honey (generally 2 for adults, 3 for kids)
  • ¼ cup unflavored Great Lakes Gelatin

Directions
1. Add the berries to a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Stir the berries and allow them to cook until the liquid is steaming and the berries are plump, about 6-10 minutes.
3. Place the lemon juice, honey, and berries into a high-speed blender or food processor, and blend
until smooth. Remove the lid and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
4. Add the gelatin to the blender and blend again until smooth.
5. Pour the mixture into candy molds, or a 9 x 9-inch baking dish, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
6. Once the gummies have set, remove them from the molds or slice them into desired shapes and store in the refrigerator.

To get videos with more of my recipes, check out the Gabby Cooking Show on my Instagram story!

Passionate about gut health and want to help others?

institute for integrative nutrition | how i healed my gutWhen you heal yourself, you may feel called to help others heal as well! There are so many amazing opportunities available to qualified health coaches… and there is a huge need for them.

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Finding gratitude for my struggles

gabby bernstein in the kitchen with a mug of teaIt took me several years to feel strong enough to write this blog. I believe deeply in the Law of Attraction. Therefore, I wanted to make sure I was in a very healthy, positive place before I shared about my gut healing journey. Today I can look back on the physical struggles I had and feel grateful.

I’m grateful that my body guided me to slow down enough to heal my past, end my addiction to stress and even help me conceive. Today I enjoy my meals and appreciate my ability to digest with ease. I am grateful for this healing every day.

If you’re still struggling with a gut issue, please know there is light on the other side. When you make your digestion and gut health a priority, you will change your life forever. You’ll heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Happiness and well-being are always flowing. It’s your time now to get back into alignment with that flow. Let this healing journey be fun and empowering.

I truly hope this blog has served you and I can’t wait to connect with you directly in the comments below. Feel free to share your desire to heal and claim the next right action you will take toward healing your gut. When you proactively share your desire to heal, the Universe picks up your desire and guides you every step of the way.

May you be happy, may you be healthy and may you digest with ease.

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  1. This is perfect timing for me, as my stomach has been bothering me for months, but all tests have come back normal. Thank you for this wonderful sign from the universe to lead me to healing my body!

    1. This is a fantastic blog post. My husband is the CEO of 12 companies and has been suffering our whole 14 year marriage. He has a hiatal hernia and always feels like he has a lump in his throat. He has done extensive gut healing and our Dr. said he is in excellent health. I have been suggesting meditation and therapy to him for many years with no success. I have done tapping for childhood trauma and had much success. I am going to suggest these books and that he becomes a miracle member with me to keep him accountable. I intuitively knew all along that the guy and the brain are very connected and now I have the proof. Thank you so much for the amazing post♥️

  2. While I don’t have an acute gut issue ( although I believe I have leaky gut which I am addressing), I read your blog with great interest and now have understandings that may be helpful to others. Well done on navigating such nasty conditions and healing so well!

  3. I suffer from chronic constipation, candida, gut dysbiosis and SIBO, I finally had started a protocol at the beginning of the year then I fell pregnant! While I am beyond excited to meet my little one in 8 weeks, I know that I won’t be able to heal my gut, even while breast feeding, which is very frustrating. I really just want to sort out my gut health as I know it will improve other issues I deal with (insomnia!) but I guess life has a different plan for me. Thank you for sharing your story xx

  4. Thank you, Gabby! I so needed to read this today! I’m grateful for your willingness to inform, educate and share your experiences. I’m looking forward to speaking with my doctor tomorrow about inflammation. Thank you for sharing your journey. ♥️♥️♥️

    1. YAY Rima! I just tried the link and it worked on my end. It might be your web browser. Please try Chrome and let me know. XOX

  5. Gabby, I’m so pleased about your wonderful news. Thank you for sharing it. Very best wishes to you, your husband and this beautiful baby to come. And thank you very much for your blog. I always read your newsletter. Audrey

  6. Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for this post. I’m 43 and have had severe LPR for 12 plus years following a family trauma. I have been to numerous consultants and had all the tests but to no avail. I do not respond to PPIs and only survive with Gaviscon Advance. I have been following a SIBO diet (The Fast Tract Diet) and this is really starting to help but will definitely be looking into the other avenues you have outlined to resolve past inner conflict. Thank you for your love and light. This post has given me such hope xx

  7. What a loving, beautiful blog post, Gabby! Thank you so much. I hope that what I blog about will be as kind, supportive, thoughtful and helpful as yours is, and I sincerely mean that.

  8. Hi! What an interesting article and how recognizable! My gut has always been my weak point, the area where I literally feel stress and furthermore, in my mothers blood line this gut problem has hit every generation. I had never heard of SIBO but now that I read the article it certainly rings a bell. I tried to look up on internet, but for Belgium it seems that SIBO isn’t well-known. Is there anybody out there who was diagnosed and treated with SIBO in Belgium? I would really like to find a doctor or therapist who could help me with the test! Lots of love..

    1. Happy that this blog is serving you! I recommend reaching out to your current doctor to discuss and researching a specialist in your area. Sending lots of healing your way.

  9. Last week I was fed up with certain symptoms. I used to get chronic UTIs and this July one came back and took 2 rounds of antibiotics to clear. Of course, that lead to other “first time” imbalances. In the midst of that, I’d had growing digestive issues so I made a chart: smiley face, straight mouth face, sad face. I’d list the foods I ate as it falls into each “feeling face” and put letters next to it to note what is caused, such as gas, etc. I also noticed weight loss, not feeling satisfied our nourished, etc. I haven’t found the right gastro doc and want to seek out a dietician to get more into what it is going. But I love this post and reading how you acted as a detective to figure out everything. I find it interesting you related to digging up past trauma with your symptoms. I’m always looking for the spiritual connection between what is happening in my digestion and else where with what could be underneath it. What I’m most curious about is how did you come to “remember” your trauma? You don’t have to say what the trauma was, of course, but I’m curious if it’s something you randomly remembered out of no where, something you always knew but ignored, or thought was a dream etc? I hope you do another post on this topic.

    Thanks for sharing and best of luck on your continued healing. 🙂 It sounds like it worked wonders in more ways than one.

    1. I worked very closely with a therapist for several years before I remembered my trauma. It came first as a dream and then I accepted it in a therapy session. It’s a very delicate process to uncover dissociated memories. If this is something you’re wondering about I highly recommend you see professional help with a therapist who specializes in trauma and EMDR. Sending you lots of love. xoxo

      1. That’s really interesting. I don’t suspect anything in my past; I was just curious about how you uncovered something like that. Just a general question. I’m glad to hear everything turned out well for you!

  10. I feel so connected to you Gabby. Everything you have published recently, be it via your newsletters, books or social media, feels like you are speaking to me directly. Thank you!

  11. What an amazing post and so happy to hear about your conception. Can’t wait to hear more about that when the time is right. Thank you for reminding all of us out here about all our options and the mighty spiritual path. Blessings to you and your growing family!

  12. Yes!!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been struggling with GERD lately and I wasn’t sure why. This year has been difficult for me and has been a year of bringing up a lot of past trauma, anger, rage, sadness…and healing it. Obviously not only is my mind feeling the effects of this, but my body too. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Gabby.

  13. Thank you for sharing, and in such loving detail, Gabby! I’m a 16 year sufferer of chronic idiopathic colonic inertia and multiple autoimmune and have taken a journey similar to yours. While I haven’t found my own healing yet, I *know* it is very near and hearing your success story fills my heart with joy. Wishing you continued wellness and love! x Kim

  14. amazing timing! I have long believed the “second brain” is attached to so many health issues…just this summer weird allergies emerged and indeed i feel strongly all gut related…and researched so much…interesting as I see you eat “animal” product, i found while ive been vegetarian before…during this time my body cried for less of it….maybe just wild salmon once in a while and egg whites…big veggies…have found it hard to find variety it what feels good and yes mindful eating…so big, ….and portions…totally have found even if healthy that that makes a difference. frustrating as so many doctors you share are not part of our healthcare programs available to use but your information is so wonderful…and glad you have found your healing path..sure your baby is grateful too….much love and wonder in your journey of new life…

  15. Gabby, thank you for this. I’ve always looked at my gut issues as something I just have to live with. I went through a period of time a few years ago where I was having extreme upper GI pain, which finally drove me to the doctor. After some blood work and what seemed to me a very cursory exam, the doc told me that I had a “functional disorder”. So I said, “I guess that means you have no idea what’s wrong with me, is that right?”. She had the grace to say “yes, that’s right”. She gave me some pills to take if I started to feel the symptoms, and eventually it went away. This experience has made me reluctant to take up the issue with any other medical professional! But you’ve inspired me to find a way to heal my chronic issues. I’m just not sure where to start.

    1. Know that it’s OK to start small and not try everything at once. Choose one thing that you feel most connected to and go from there. XOX

  16. As someone who went through all of this blind, without much guidance, over the last 5 years, your Blog is spot on. My “illness” probably dragged on longer than necessary because I had so many sensitivities but ultimately it has been my spiritual work that has made more of a difference than anything else! Thank you for sharing this all – I know you have a large audience. If you ever need material for this from another perspective, my magical mystery tour has been remarkable. It is so important that people recognize their bodies are smart, and are talking to us all the time. We just have to listen!

  17. I loved this blog so much, Gabby! I am currently in the gut health course the IIN and I am so passionate about everything you spoke of here. Already shared this link 🙂 This will be a great resource for my clients!

  18. Great blog, Gabby…Thank you so much
    Did you work with Dr Cicerone in person or over the phonelines? Did you agree to the use of Antibiotics or did you go the route of Herbs and Supplements?

        1. Prescriptions can vary for each person, so it’s important to consult your doctor about your specific health needs. XOX

  19. This article is EVERYTHING! You have described how I feel and my struggles with food and digestion to a tee. It gets to the point where you think it’s all in your head. Why can’t I just eat like everyone else? I definitely see the connection between my digestion and depression. Thank you so much for writing this! There is so much to take in!

  20. Amazingly helpful!!! Thank you and congrats on conceiving…so happy for you!!!

    Any advice for clearing childhood trauma that you may not remember? An intuitive suggested I have buried memories. It shocked me at first but then created a lot of confusion. How does one heal things you have hidden?

    1. Hi Dawn. I worked very closely with a therapist for several years before I remembered my trauma. It came first as a dream and then I accepted it in a therapy session. It’s a very delicate process to uncover dissociated memories. If this is something you’re wondering about I highly recommend you see professional help with a therapist who specializes in trauma and EMDR. Sending you lots of love. <3

  21. This post is right on time. I was diagnosed with SIBO in April of 2017 and again in July of 2018. I just finished a round of antibiotics for SIBO in August, as I refused to take them last year when I was diagnosed. I just returned on Friday from a week long stay at Miraval Resort resting and spending time with myself. I appreciate you sharing and providing several different approaches to treatment and I will be incorporating some into my regimen.

  22. Listened to your anxiety workshop last week and this blog post is an amazing adjunct! have been suffering and treating my gut issues and anxiety the better part of my life without any real long term effectiveness and your workshop and this post are just what i needed! thank you for sharing your journey and for providing and teaching us with such valuable and practical information and tools! feeling blessed and ready to create a shift in my healing and my life! thank you.

  23. I am on Day 8 of an elimination diet prescribed by my naturopathic Dr. to focus on healing my gut. I can’t wait to try your body love meditation and experiment with EFT. Thank you for these incredible resources and sharing your journey! I have a deep desire to heal and know that my body is capable of healing itself if given the chance. You’re an inspiration – God Bless XO

  24. Thank you for this blog post. For the last 4 years I have been dealing with extreme pelvic, gut pain that has gone undiagnosed and is still a mystery to the doctors. I know that stress is a trigger and have dove into Gut/Mind research and have implemented a gluten free diet along with mental health and mindful techniques to my life and found a huge improvement.

    Thank you for sharing, Gabby!

  25. What synchronicity! I was talking to a colleague last week she described 4 years of symptoms. We commiserated having almost every symptom the same. She described exactly the SIBO diet and how she has had a huge turn around. I happened to be going to an integrative health practitioner two days later for uncured Lyme. The LNP brought up SIBO and suggested testing along with further help for the Lyme. Last night was an all time low as the out of nowhere and overnight weight gain hit me. Then, I woke up to this blog and I know, for me, that three signs reinforces I’m on the right path. I’ve been really low and feeling not empowered. I work full time in the Metaphysical field and sometimes I just don’t practice what teach. Thank you so much for sharing your story in such detail. A timely blog.
    Blessings.

  26. This is a timely post for me as well. After backpacking in 2015, I developed severe digestive issues that I’ve struggled with ever since (for 3 years!). I saw a general practitioner who did blood work and told me I was completely fine, but I’m very in tune with my body and I knew something was up. I finally found a functional medicine doctor who I began working with and this changed everything for me! I was diagnosed with SIBO, a genetic mold illness/mold toxicity, and tons of inflammation (particularly around my heart). I have been working with my doctor to heal all of my health issues, following a botanical protocol and adjusting my diet. I agree with you Gabby that a huge part of it is also emotional. It was just another beautiful lesson for me that the work is never truly finished. One thing I believe is helping me with the emotional healing part of it is: The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. Highly recommend! Of course intention is super important as well. Thank you so much for this thoughtful, in depth post on something that so many of us are struggling with! I will be sharing this post with others. : )

  27. I have been struggling with SIBO for 7 years and have done 9 rounds of antibiotic treatment. Thank you so much for writing this – I’ve been waiting for you to type this out and it came around at just the right moment. Thanks Gabby <3

  28. I have been struggling with my gut for YEARS!!! And it has affected other areas of my life. Thank you, Gabby, for this insight. I deserve to feel good, you just gave me some tools to do that. Thank you!!!

  29. This was a great blog post Gabby, thank you for sharing! I was very sick at the beginning of this year. I was having terrible stomach pain and I had tons of tests to try to figure out what it was. No one could tell me because everything was coming back normal. I haven’t pinpointed what exactly was wrong but I strongly think that it was stress related. I definitely think I need to use these tools to help prevent something like this happening in the future! ❤️

  30. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I have been on my own gut health journey the past three years and am only now truly understanding that the journey has been and continues to be a messenger and gift to my healing. Your sharing of your path helps me believe that true healing is possible and affirms my desire to heal completely and not settle for just ‘ok’.

  31. Ahhhh, this is inspiring! I’m on a 10 year journey of theying to heal my gut, and spirit. I’m actually at a breaking point because the symptoms I’m experiencing are so incredibly unbearable. Your posts came at the perfect time, and is giving me hope and inspiration to carry on. Thank you Gabby

      1. I just had a quick question, affording a team of doctors to help on the journey to health is out of reach for many. Is there one tip, recommendation or person you would suggest for healing the gut? Actually I have many questions, as a student of homeopathy and gaining a deeper understanding of the physical/spiritual relationship when it comes to disease and health. I would be so interested on hearing your perspective, but another time 🙂

        1. There are many doctors who take insurance and some that have very affordable rates. With that said, I was brought up homeopathic and believe deeply in supplements. But with the condition, I was dealing with I had no choice but to seek professional help. In fact, trying to diagnose myself for so long actually made the conditions much worse. so i highly recommend seeking professional help when symptoms are really serious.

  32. My MPI for a long time now has been “I’m so stressed/anxious about what to eat to lose weight”. We are so inundated with headlines of what to eat, what not to eat…it’s exhausting and I let it overwhelm me. I have suffered from all the same GI issues/diagnoses, and have run the gamut on “cures”, including the blessing of being able to do the functional medicine diet here in Cleveland, Ohio. I just never was in a place to let myself heal. This morning I kept getting “gut” signals from the Universe. Literally one was on a newspaper page that was folded just right so the headline read “Your Gut..”(it was actually about gutters, ha) Then I opened my email and your blog email with “GUT” in the heading was the first on the list. I read it in its entirety, did the tapping and all…and feel this is my sign towards my path to healing. Thank you so, so much for sharing~

  33. Thank you so much for sharing, Gabby!
    My husband has suffered with heartburn forever! We manage it pretty well with a healthy diet, but lately it’s been bothering him even eating exclusively healthy 🙁 I’m a health & wellness coach and sometimes it’s hard to talk about it without sounding like I’m preaching at home – so this post will be super helpful! I’m sending it to him and I am positive he’s going to love all the info.
    Congrats on your pregnancy! Sending love your way.

  34. mercimerci so loved discovering your blog really need to surround myself with people for whom slowing down, healing and being joyful in recovery is the founding rock of each and every day

  35. This is the ultimate blog!!!!! Thank you for this!!! I have had gut issues my whole live. Legit since day 1 of life and have been on my own journey. Many of the tips you describe are things that I incorporate in my everyday life but you have given me new tips that I’d love to try. I understand the struggle and so happy for your healing. I still have my issues but overall much better than what I used to be.

    It’s funny, I was looking for a new book to read and taking this blog as a recommendation with some new choices.

  36. Thank you so much for this Gabby. Do you know if any of these doctors / health practitioners also work with really little kids? My little boy (not my daughter named Gabby!) has had major food sensitivities since birth – it took 9 stressful months to tease them all out when he finally started growing at a normal rate. I use a lot of the food recommendations you’ve given, and will try more that look safe, but would love expert advice on the pediatric group. xo!

    1. Please reach out to the doctors directly to see if they work with children. If they don’t, please ask them for a recommendation. Sending lots of love to you and your son. XOX

  37. This is perfect timing for this blog post. Thank you for sharing your story. I have been dealing with gut issues for many years and with diverticulitis the last 4 (last flare up was this summer.) I know all of my doctors said that I needed to manage my stress and I have tried on & off. This is a great source of information to create a path/plan that sounds like it will work. I would love to work with Dr. C! I will be downloading the meditations and bringing out my EFT materials today!

  38. The past week I’ve been asking the universe to send me help with healing my gut…and today this came into my inbox. Amazing. I struggle with SIBO and it started a year and a half ago when I was in a chronically stressful living situation…I’ve been dealing with anxiety ever since. Thank you for this blog post, the timing was impeccable.

  39. Hi Gabby! Thank you sooo much for this absolutely fantastic post! Sounds very similar to my own story….childhood trauma…gut problems such as a constant bloated feeling and chronic constipation for years…. Although I have been working on myself for some years now, I still have some stomach issues to deal with. I still love your advice and will try some of your suggestions and recipes! and again THANK YOU!

  40. Hi Gabby-

    Thanks so much for this information. I’ve been in the process of healing from SIBO for a year now. Throughout your journey, did you ever start to experience hair loss as a symptom? My gut health issues and stress has triggered a very painful journey through significant hair loss.

    1. yes! my hair was so thin and falling out. and my nails were brittle. it’s very common. Check out spark health and dr. cicerone. She really helped me;)

  41. I’m so happy you wrote this and soooo happy you’re pregnant! I read that and went “what, omg. When did that happen”! So thrilled for you and your husband. I’ve been a devoted follower of yours for many years and appreciate what you’ve been through while continuing to give us such good content. I struggle with fertility and digestive issues as well. Thanks for this post, it’s opened my eyes to several things I hadn’t thought of before and ways to take action. All the best!

  42. Thank your for this article, your language speaks to me so easily and we def have similar obstacles the universe has handing us for growth. I teach yoga for thyroid, endometriosis and autoimmune and its so much about creating new space from trauma and tapping into our divine healer. I had to have my uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes removed due to a mass in my uterus and stage 5 endo. There was a complication from the first surgery and i had prolapse (my intestines fell out, I caught them in my hand) that put my in 4 more hours of surgery and now SO much investigation to heal my body. Im blessed that I do not have a colostomy bag and have so much gut healing information like this helps my process to know im not alone and that others find solutions.

  43. Thank you for your beautiful and healthy insights, I’m inspired to eat healthy and pay attention to what my body is telling me. I’m going to give the fudge tahini and chicken a try this week, love love you Gabby.

  44. First, I want to congratulate you on your pregnancy. My husband and I tried for 5 years before we were blessed with our daughter who will be 22 years old in November. Our son, who we adopted at 22 months old from Ukraine, is 16. I cannot imagine life without them! Thank you for sharing this blog. I have been eating “clean” for a few months now and it has made such a difference in so many aspects of my life. Thanks too for the recipes. There is nothing worse than getting in a “food rut”! Finally, as I retire from teaching, I am being trained in EFT. Thank you for introducing this technique in your book, Judgement Detox.

  45. First, I want to congratulate you on your pregnancy. My husband and I tried for 5 years before we were blessed with our daughter who will be 22 years old in November. Our son, who we adopted at 22 months old from Ukraine, is 16. I cannot imagine life without them! Thank you for sharing this blog. I have been eating “clean” for a few months now and it has made such a difference in so many aspects of my life. Thanks too for the recipes. There is nothing worse than getting in a “food rut”! Finally, as I retire from teaching, I am being trained in EFT. Thank you for introducing this technique in your book, Judgement Detox.

  46. Thank you SO much for sharing your story! As I was reading this I was blown away because it’s exactly what happened to me. I’ve dealt with digestive issue for many years but after going through the trauma of having breast cancer at 32 they went off the rails. I had GERD, then just as you this got so bad I couldn’t sleep so I had an endoscopy and it showed I had gastritis. I too found Dr. C and did her protocol. That was almost a year ago and unfortunately, many of my symptoms have returned. As you probably know there is a terribly high relapse rate with SIBO and I can pinpoint mine to going over the LDN and eating too many grains. This is really is a lifestyle change and I know what I need to get back on track. I am trying an herbal protocol this time as I don’t want to deal with antibiotic resistance. Anyway, dealing with this can feel so isolating so again thank you for sharing your story. I know how important it is to heal the trauma as well so I think there’s still some work there for me to be done. I’ve done the EMDR which was amazingly helpful. I will definitely look into the EFT. All the best to you♥

  47. Thank you for posting this. I posted in the Spirit Junkie Masterclass FB page last night asking for guidance as it’s been a long road (over a decade) to get my digestive issues under control with limited success. I’m starting the Candida diet tomorrow and will explore SIBO some more. So grateful for you, your community, and the guidance of my fellow lightworkers ✨❤️ Namaste and Satnam

  48. I am trying to recover from SIBO, candida, gut brain connectivity. You mentioned you preferred a compound to help with gut brain connectivity. My naturopath has a compound pharamist that she works with and is very open to suggestion. Could you tell me what that compound was?

    1. Hi Dana. The compound was recommended by Dr. Cicerone. I recommend reaching out to Dr. Cicerone’s office directly at mysparkhealth.com XOX

  49. Hi Gabi, lovely to read this post, I suffered the same issue 3 years ago, loss of voice, couldn’t swallow, silent reflux, I chose to have the fundolopication operation as I didn’t want the drugs/blockers! Involved having to learn to eat again as it turns out I had got to 39 and had no sphincter in my oesophagus, was deeply unpleasant and so little about it online! It’s been a difficult journey post operation I don’t feel I’ve nailed the gut issue as much as you yet, love Papillon Luck from London (met you at hay house conference about 4 years ago!) xx

  50. Thanks for this. Each persons body is different, we handle life different and we all need different modalities for healing. I also am on a healing journey. Thanks for being real and inspiring me to also go within and dive deep. I am in a forgiveness space and thanks to you and Kris Carr I am so very hopeful. Muah!!!

  51. Thanks so much for this article Gabby, so well written. I have suffered from SIBO and Gerd for many years as well. I also cannot eat raw veggies, and I’m staying away from anything that can cause gas like broccoli and cauliflower. Can you let us know what a typical day is like for you in terms of meals? I’ve been eating eggs lately for breakfast with avocado, but wondering if the fiber from the avocado is bothering me now.

    Thanks again.

    1. it’s unique to everyone. follow my suggestions for the “digestion diet” at the bottom of the blog. And to see what I’m eating check out the GAbby cooking show on my IG story

  52. What timing! I returned home after my second endoscopy, and second diagnosis of gastritis/GERD. I’m changing my food choices and the way I eat. I was on PPIs for way too long before and it messed up my guts pretty good. Didn’t think about unresolved trauma, though. I do have a trauma therapist and we discussed this a bit. Will pick up the body love meditation, as this is an issue for me too. I keep thinking Caroline Myss talked about this in Anatomy of the Spirit. Anyway thanks for the sign that I’m on the right path. And congratulations on the pregnancy!

  53. Soooooo helpful!!! I’m on year 4 of trying to heal my gut with no long term success but maybe it’s because I contracted Lyme 25 years ago and I’m still dealing with the chronic damage (and antibiotic gut damage). How In The world do I find a integral health dr?? My drs are so traditional they won’t even acknowledge that Candida or leaky gut is a thing. I’m surviving but not really thriving. Thank you for such a fabulous and helpful blog!!!

    1. You’re doing great work Nancy. If your doctor doesn’t have a referral, please use the internet as a great tool to locate a specialist in your area. Sending lots of love and healing thoughts your way.

  54. Gabby, thank you for this balanced, and comprehensive post, so well done and no doubt took a lot of time. You shared your story so eloquently and with such care; can’t wait to try the tahini fudge!

  55. I loved this blog post Gabby! Thank you for writing it. I have been having gut issues for years. Too much stress, bad diet, anxiety, etc. I tried seeing a Functional Medicine Dr., but they honestly made me feel worse. I have been going to Acupuncture and that has been the only thing that has helped me start healing. I know I have so much to do healing from trauma, stress, and gut issues. I also struggle with the need to control everything, including the food I eat, so it has been an uphill battle for me, especially when it comes to “self care”. So, Thank you again for writing this…your words always resonate with me 🙂

  56. When I met you at the Lulu Lemon festival in London a couple of months ago, I hugged you and told you that your books gave me strength through my Colitis, SIBO and leaky gut struggles. You signed my book and said, “You can 100% heal your gut.” It was what I needed to hear and now I know why you got it!!! Thank you for sharing. I’d love to know which herbs / antibiotics you were put on and which type of SIBO you had – methane or hydrogen. x x

  57. Amazing thank you Gabby. I’m in the middle of having tests done and booked in for endoscopy and colonoscopy shortly. I’m tired of all the gut issues affecting my life and long to heal them. My meditation practice has slipped too in the last few months, after taking a new job I dislike, after being so stressed over money. I know it’s all connected. Thank you for such a well researched read! Xxx

  58. Thank you so much for sharing your gut healing journey with us. After many years of IBS symptoms and unable to feel better, I just found out I have SIBO. It all makes perfect sense now!!! I am done with my antibiotics course and following a low fodmap diet for a month. I hope healing my gut will help with my fertility challenges as well. Thank for your great and personal blog!

  59. Thank you! I feel like you write this blog for me. Especially the part about letting western medicine do it’s job. I am always so resistant to that. So I’m picking up my prescription today and while it’s working I’ll be focusing on the spiritual healing of my wounds from the past. Love you Gabby. So happy you are healed & preggers! xoxo

  60. You always seem to know exactly what I’m dealing with and you address it at the exact right time. I’m so glad the universe brought me to your book so that I could learn more about you and follow all of your amazing advice. Thank you. Please keep doing what you’re doing, a lot of us rely heavily on your words & guidance! Xoxo

  61. What devine timing Gabby! I have been told I have IBS all my life. Would have flare ups then times of being ok. The last 18 months have been just awful. Bloating, terrible gas, bowel changes. Now a lot of pain in my body, mainly my joints. For a while I was really trying to just tell myself everything was ok, to not worry. I’ve had many family members die quite young from cancer, heart disease, etc. So many times I tend to worry maybe more than I should. I was trying to stop the pattern of constantly running to the doctor for everything because of my fears. However I finally decdided I did need to see a doctor and saw a gastroenterologist last week. He wants to do an endoscopy – he suspects I may have celiace based on some testing a registered dietician did that I worked with earlier this year, but unfortunately had little improvement during the 5 months I worked with her. But I have been gluten free for quite a while now, years really, so I find it strange that my prior test results lead him to believe I may have celiac disease. He says I now need to eat gluten for the next month because if I don’t the test will just be negative and we won’t know if I do have celiac. So I’m not looking forward to that because of how I may feel. He also wants to test for SIBO. I’m truly hoping I’m on the right path now to find some relief and healing. I would love to work with the doctors you mentioned but my finances are limited at the moment and my insurance not the best.

    I was recently certified as a life coach this past year but because of how I’ve been feeling I have not had the energy to do what I need to do to get my business going. I would like nothing more than to feel better and then begin to help others.

    It is always such an inspiriation reading and watching you. To hear this story of how you healed gives me hope. I know it will take time and dedication but I am ready.

    I wish that it was possible to have a conversation with you, because I feel my path is so similar to yours, but I know you are a busy woman so this is the next best thing. Thank you for all that you do 🙂

    1. Grateful that you’re here Noelle. It’s important to get the support of a great doctor and happy to hear you’ve taken that step. Your health coaching tools will serve you greatly as you continue to work on your healing journey. Sending you big hugs. XOX

  62. Dear Gabby,
    Thank you so much for this blog. I had an eating disorder for 15 years, and was a severe bulimic for 13 of them. After having a routine Upper Endoscopy in August (to make sure everything was still healthy), my GI doc prescribed 3 months of PPIs to heal minor damage in my stomach lining. After a month and a half, I still haven’t had the courage to fill the prescription, because I worried so much about messing up the balance I’ve found with food, after so many years of struggle. THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this story. It has helped me realize I really need to listen to my doctor’s lead on this one, and I can still fight the good fight nutritionally while being on the PPI. Also, I ate my dinner more slowly tonight, which is such a triumph for me. I will continue to do this. Thank you, again, for sharing your light with us. Love, love, love. ((And you’re pregnant!! YAAAAAYYYY!!!))

  63. Dear Gabby-
    Thank you for your warmth, honestly, wisdom and openness. After a 10 year struggle with ulcerative colitis, I have had 6 surgeries, including the loss of my entire large intestine. After each surgery I hoped that would be “the one” and I would start to feel better. I am still hopeful for that day and I know that you believe in miracles. reading this today has helped me more deeply understand that trauma of what I have been through and the stress is what I know need to work on. Inspired by your health journey, Warmly, Cody

  64. Gabby you have helped me along my spiritual journey for years, now you have helped me better understand the gastro issues I’ve struggled with since my teens- I have taken notes on your recommendations and will be working with my gastro as well to heal my gut. Thank you, much love to you

  65. Thank you! I was at your judgment detox launch in NYC and asked you about this topic when you signed my book ❤️✨ I was diagnosed w Barrett’s Esophagus about 3 years ago. Through strict diet I’ve reversed that diagnosis but I still have severe inflammation in my esophagus. I’ve avoided the meds because I tried meds for my heartburn 20 years ago for a while and they didn’t help at all. But I think after reading this I will give them a try like you did, “to put the fire out.” I hope it works for me like it did for you. Working on getting back to daily meditation as I know I’m a stress ball 🙁 and I love the infrared sauna so I’m going to get in there more frequently as well. Thank you! ✌❤️

  66. This is so helpful! I just finished 10 months of treatment for cancer and diagnosed with SIBO 2 weeks ago after a life of digestion and constipation. How did you feel in the beginning with diet change?

    This diet is complicated and really fruatrating…today was a tough day so this blog gives me hope.

    1. It took some time to get into a groove. Consistency helped move me in a good direction. Grateful that you’ve connected here, Becky. Sending healing your way. XOX

  67. Hi Gabby! Can’t thank you enough for this post. And for posting your “Gabbby Cooking Show” videos! The path of healing can seem really isolating and lonely, especially when on a special diet. When you show yourself living this life it makes it seem so much less lonely, and it makes the impossible-seeming meal prep and adherence to a strict diet seem doable and even enjoyable!
    My one little wish is that you’d post blog like this about fertility. I’m trying to conceived myself and would love to be inspired by your journeys (I already am, but I would love Tim hear you’re story!) I’m sure many other women would love that as well.

    Thanks for everything! Xo

  68. thank you so much for that post and the tipps and links you added! I think it´s very important to talk about gut and mental health issues and detaboo those topics!

  69. Love this blog! Thank you. I have been following you on instagram for a while. now I am an IIN student ( graduate in January) and last weeks module was your talk on marketing… what a pleasant surprise! Loved it and love what you do… The IIN philosophy has always been my way of life so my first thought was to study for my own wellbeing. I own a skincare salon for over 30 years ( bought it when I was 23) so I am not looking for a career change but I can incorporate this into what I already do. But I now have a desire to share the info and help people find good health and themselves even more then just related to skincare. It is very empowering and you are very empowering. Thank you for that!!! Blessed to have found you. Blessed to have this gift. Peace xo

  70. I am so proud of you for writing and sharing this <3
    So much emotions came to surface and my journey has got to the next level.
    Lots of love and love to you and your family<3

  71. This article is so meaningful to me. Like you I have been suffering chronic gut issues for years. I also prefer to do the holistic approach, so balanacing Western and holistic approach has been challenging for me. Thank you for sharing your experience. I feel more confident in helping my gut heal. You are such a guiding light XOXO

  72. I am a nurse on a Digestive Disease floor and I must say this hit home. It confirmed my own beliefs about the mind&body and overall how it is all connected. Your video on EFT left me in calm, peaceful state with a burst of energetic energy which I have been longing to feel once again. Incredible! I really enjoy reading your blogs & your books! You’re a inspiration and a great teacher. I truly feel connected to you and your passion<3
    Continue to Soar and Shine!

  73. Dear Gabby, this blog reached me on a day when I was experiencing the worst acid reflux in a long time. I took this as proof that, as you say, the Universe does indeed have my back! Thank you so much for your courage and openness in sharing this, and doing so with such integrity once the issue has been resolved; it’s incredibly helpful and makes dealing with these issues a little less lonely. I’ve been stubbornly refusing to take the Nexium that has been prescribed to me, because my GI doctor does not have any approach for weaning me off it or dealing with the underlying issues. If only GI doctors like the one yours were to be found everywhere! But I will set an intention to find one, and let the Universe show me the way. Perhaps most of all, I am over-the-moon to learn of your pregnancy. Ever since I read the part in ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ where you share about your yearning for motherhood, and that you had decided to surrender it to the Universe, I have been praying desperately to discover that this had manifested for you … I needed it to manifest as your yearning for motherhood is absolutely my own. I feel the odds are very much against me, yet I try to balance this with trust in the Universe and in the possibility of miracles. You getting your miracle gives me hope that I can get mine (written with tears in my eyes). Thank you <3

    1. I believe that gut health plays a major role in fertility. I hope this blog serves you to get on a healing path that feels empowering for you. Pray for the right doctors to come into your world and know you are being guided. It’s a beautiful commitment to choose to heal your gut. go for it! xoxo

  74. This is a fantastic post that will help so many people. I don’t have any of those health challenges, but I’m going to clip those recipes (I NEED to make that banana bread with sugar free chocolate chips & want to try that fudge) and bookmark this post for if I ever need it.

    It’s amazing that the memory of trauma came up when it did, after years of therapy and spiritual practice, after writing several books. Everything happens when its meant to and for some reason, the ‘powers that be’ weren’t ready for you to have that information until then, or decided that you weren’t ready, or that it had to happen when it did for another reason. I imagine that one might wonder about the timing, and yet have faith in it. Divine timing.

    Congratulations on the pregnancy! I may have previously missed that news. Honestly, a lot of the newsletters in my inbox end up unread, even those from people whose content I enjoy a lot. Yours always get given a label in Gmail whether I open them or not because I assume that I want to read them at some point.

    Sending you lots of love and healing.

  75. Just SEEING the title “I healed my gut” as the subject of your latest email and blog, brought warm tears to my heart. Absolutely marinated in all the information you shared and am super appreciative of your gutsy 😉 tell all journeying. I’ve been trying to solve this problem for YEARS in my own digestive system. Thanks to your share, I have a few DIY holistic ideas, books to read, and also, most importantly, I can point my doc in the right direction by asking better questions and having better explanations of what’s going on in my tummy and gut area!! I’ve often felt like a nut case trying to explain the abdominal pain, only to have it explained away by a simple diet change or increase fiber intake. THANK you… and congratulations on the pregnancy. Hugs and good energy towards a healthy pregnancy and baby xo

  76. Gabby — thank you so much for your wise insight and healing recommendations. You are a blessing to this world. Thanks for all the light and love you share. Sending you heaps of gratitude. XOX Heather

  77. Hi Gaby. I can relate to everything your saying & been working & curious about my gut brain connection as well. I’ve been diagnosed with Gerds, diverticulosis & had 2 diverticulitis severe attacks/ infections. Got a foot off my colon removed in March & last month went to hospital in emergency with a perforated colon. Got there just on time. Still recovering, not sure when I’ll feel like me again. Having biopsy of my colon done this Friday to see if there’s an underlying immune disorder or …? I meditate every night, read a lot, go to therapy, do yoga & ginger tea is my friend. But I feel like I’m missing something Still feel anxiety, fear, sadness. I just broke up with my boyfriend but he’s still trying to get me back & calls or writes everyday. That confuses my choices, my inner compas & know it’s a part of my inner stress. I want more for myself. Thank you for your article. I will read it again to see if there’s more I can get out of it. Will read those books & make bone broth. Thank you for your blogs, books, videos. Been feeling the need for to reaching out to you. Do you have one on one options?

    Anna

    1. Beautiful, Anna. Know that you don’t have to take it all on at once. Start with one or a few steps that you feel most connected to and know that little changes will add up to a big impact. I no longer do 1:1 coaching and the best way to work with me is through my Miracle Membership or Spirit Junkie Masterclass. You can get details here https://gabbybernstein.com/miraclemembership/ and https://spiritjunkies.com/digital/waitlist/ Sending you lots of love <3

    1. Hi Moeni. I recommend finding a great doctor as a starting point and incorporating the spiritual tools into your routine. Sending lots of love your way.

  78. Great timing! Finished breastfeeding, baby on the move, and ready to tackle SIBO! My Gastro did a breath test and bam that was it. It’s hard to not go down the rabbit hole of too much advice/google but you broke it down perfectly. Thanks Gabby! Xo

  79. Gabby,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have suffered from stomach issues most of my life. Although I didn’t realize it to the degree it was, my childhood was pretty traumatic. 2 years ago things became severe. Possible mold exposure. I seeks out medical professionals, did my own research and hit dead end after dead end. We think it could be a possible lyme issue and Mast Cell caused by mold exposure. In Feb 2018 I was down to 5 foods and had lost 79lbs…I was ready to end my life. I planned it all out and wanted things to end on my terms. I think back now, that only being 6 months ago. I am a very spiritual person, I remember the day that I literally dropped to my knees and BEGGED God to show up in my life, I gave him 2 weeks to show me a reason to keep going. Many things happened that month, one being a friend telling me to read your book “The Universe has Your back.” I didnt read it right away, because I was too consumed in medical research. But then I read it in May…3 times. I started Yoga in March and I started EFT, and I had done EMDR 4 years prior for sexual abuse as a child. I am now up 15lbs and can eat 9 foods. I know my journey is still unfolding, but I thank God every single day for doing for me what I was not able to do for myself. Thanks for being a light in alot of darkness. I accept my darkness, it’s a part of me. We can not be the light without it.

  80. My acid reflux has been acute for the last week, stopping me from sleeping and then waking me in the night. I had not spotted the link between stress and GERD. This past week I had also been overloaded with work (which is good and bad in equal measure!) and had been stressing that this time I had FINALLY taken on so much work that I couldn’t actually do it. Once the most stressful time had passed, my GERD settled. I believe your post came at EXACTLY the right time to point out the connection to me and now I can ensure that I meditate etc during stressful times to keep my gut calm. Thank you Gabby!

  81. Gabby,
    Thank you for providing such a detailed journey. This was so timely as I was diagnosed with sibo yesterday. I have been having gut issues for the last 5 months and remained an advocate for my own health as many shrugged their shoulders when nothing was discovered in my endoscopy. Wondering how long was your course of antibiotics? I am starting today and curious if you felt side effects and/or relief while taking them? Thanks again for your post and experience.

    Warmly,
    Carly

    1. The type of antibiotics and potential side effects can vary for each person, so it’s vital to consult your doctor to discuss your specific needs and get professional medical guidance. Grateful that this blog is serving you and sending lots of love your way. <3

  82. I have struggled with acid reflux for the past 14 years. Thank you so much for sharing all of this!! I’ve been following you for a couple of years. It’s time to get serious about curing my gut. Meds are not working for me any longer. I know it’s time to truly heal. Your openness has encouraged me. I’ve been on a spiritual journey and now it’s time to heal completely.

  83. Cannot begin to tell you how appreciative I am for your blog post on this!! I experience all of what you described and have been diag w all of the same as well. I have done many things to try and heal my gut (like my daily slippery elm, marshmallow and licorice tea! and the chewables as well!l While definitely they have helped me to be able to function more it has never been a full healing and I’ve realized that I have been avoiding certain aspects I knew I needed to address because they were difficult in my own mind. Stress is too natural a state for me being a mama to 5 and working full time as well. Your blog post couldn’t be more timely as I have been meaning to read it all week only to have one of my worse flare ups last night. Your sharing gives me hope Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  84. Do you ever eat snacks at night/ evening? It’s soo hard for me I wish I could stop eating 3 hours before sleep but tried soo many times…

  85. Thanks so much for this post – one of my family has been on a similar gut-healing journey this last year. She’s much better now thankfully. Prior to that I had no idea how awful reflux could be!! It can be incredibly painful! I’m glad you’re healing, and am grateful for you sharing your journey with us <3

    Huge congrats on your pregnancy – that's wonderful news! Stay well and enjoy this magical time 🙂
    xoxo

  86. I’ve been dealing with gut issues for 27 years. I’ve got to GI doctors, been scoped, been to more doctors and am now for two years been working with a naturopath, with no luck. I’ve been on yeast protocols, generic fungus protocols, parasite protocols, Lyme protocols, you name it, and nothing works. I’ve tried vegan, vegetarian, raw, anti fungal, keto, paleo, SAD, nightshade free, dairy free, sugar free, it all and I’ve not had any success. It’s nice to see someone out there has had luck. Lately, after tossing and turning all night in pain, after my naturopath says this is finally the proper protocol, I just want to stop with eating any and all food altogether. Thank you for the blog, it comes at a good time and offers a glimmer of hope.

  87. Hi Gabby
    The bananna bread is DELICIOUS!
    Thank you for sharing. On a more serious note, my GERD is flaring up as I am trying to heal “microscopic colitis” . I believe in my heart this is stress and fear. All your information is incredibly helpful. Thank you. I am ordering Aimee’s book “Body Belief” & I starting tapping while walking! ❤️

    1. so thrilled that you like the banana bread. I honor your healing journey sister. Stay calm and know that the more stress you release the faster you heal:)

  88. This is the best blog post I have EVER read. I have been experiencing stomach problems so severe that it causes panic attacks and suicidal thoughts minutes after I eat at least a couple times a week. I am unable to work due to the symptoms. This post has given me the information I need to have informed discussions with both my naturopath and my gastroenterologist, ways to start healing myself and most importantly HOPE. From the bottom of my heart…..THANK YOU.

  89. Hi Gabby,
    Thank you so much for your very informative article and for sharing your personal gut health experience. I have had digestive issues for 11 years now following some traumas and finally had to quit working due to the severity. The anxiety around eating and unpredictability of digestion and bowel function grew to the point of not even feeling confident to leave my home. I recently started changing my diet much the way you have, doing EFT, meditation, having some counselling and seeing a new doctor who actually is taking my symptoms seriously and there has definitely been improvement which gives me so much hope. Although I would never wish my symptoms on anyone else, it is reassuring to know that I am not alone with these issues as so often it’s felt that I am. Your article has given me even more insight into avenues I could pursue to hopefully see even more positive results.
    Wishing you absolutely all the best with your own health and pregnancy.

  90. The universe had my back on this detailed post. I had just told my husband that my acid reflex has been horrible and it’s something I’ve never had to deal with until recently. The next morning I opened my email and this post was the first thing I see. Thank you for sharing your journey through healing your gut.

  91. Thanks for this. Iv been having a health crisis that came up out of the blue. In August I took a antihistamine after feeling a cough come on and I had a strong reaction and fainted and woke up in a panic attack (my first panic attack) and some memory loss and they continued for the next week, about 3 a day. Going to sleep at night started to become a problem because cortisol was going crazy.. so only a couple hours of sleep a night. And depression started to spiral. I was so confused and felt doomed so I went to NYU hospital to seek help. I stayed there for 2 weeks under evaluation and got diagnosed with bipolar disorder mixed episode. although iv never shown signs of bipolar through out my life. I have been in a state of psychosis for a couple months with some pretty significant memory problems…. which I believe to be severe gut problems or food allergies, stress from this tragic unexpected time in my life… I have some appointments with a endocrinologist, a gastroenterologist, psychologist/neurologist, allergist, acupuncture… thank you for your recommendations on some doctors. I pray I come out of this much more spiritual and grateful for life.

    1. I’m so sorry you’ve been going through this. But I’m happy to hear you’re exploring the gut!!! this is major for your healing path.

  92. What a enlightening and inspiring post, THANK YOU Gabby. I’ve been battling what I believe is SIBO for a while and I’m on a mission to heal and connect my gut-health-body-mind once and for all. This post has opened a door of encouraging possibilities. I’m very grateful for your book Judgement Detox too (which I’ve been listening and practising from audible). GOD BLESS you and your family. Warmest BEST & LOVE always, X

  93. Thank you for this. I’ve had so many health struggles and many centering around my digestion and autonomic nervous system. They are all connected. I really like my Doctors but continue to feel ad if there is a way to be healed. I am not ready to accept at 43 this is what my health journey is. I take breaks at times and practice acceptance and give time to discover The lesson in the now. Then after I feel centered I keep educating myself and working with my providers to find the balance and to be healed. Thank you again this is another gem of information on my journey.

  94. Thank you so much for sharing! I just found out I have SIBO and started my antibiotics this week. I am having a hard time figuring out among all the research which probiotic is best to start taking. Any recommendations?

    1. Hi Ryan! I recommend consulting with a doctor or certified health coach to get support on the best probiotic for your specific needs. <3

  95. I am only 25 and have been dealing with gut issues for about 5 years. I’ve been to countless doctors, been diagnosed with an ulcer, acid reflux, gets, and finally sibo a few months ago. It’s been a very frustrating journey. Every time I start to feel better, I go off the path and eat crap I shouldn’t and it takes me backwards. I am going to try meditating every day and EFT to see if I can eliminate some stress I hold. I want to heal my gut and this post has given me the readiness to stick with the journey and trust the process. I know since it took years to cause the damage, it could take years to reverse it and I have to stick with it and be patient but can’t keep ruining my stomach when I know what makes it worse. I truly hope this helps me.

    1. Grateful that you landed here Jenn and hope these tools serve and support you’re healing journey. Sending lots of love your way. <3

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