Mim Beim

Therapeutic Breathing and GI Function with Mim Beim

Mim Beim

[op_liveeditor_element data-style=””][text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” left_padding=”10″ right_padding=”10″]In this episode Dr Nirala Jacobi is in conversation with Mim Beim about the effect of the breath on the digestive tract.

Mim has 30 years of naturopathic experience, she has authored books, and is a respected naturopathic voice in the media. Mim has also held lecturing positions at the Australian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) and has two practices.


Topics discussed include:

  • Mim’s story and how she came to Buteyko breathing.
  • Physiological effects of Buteyko breathing.
  • What actually happens with Buteyko breathing?
  • Overbreathing – chronic hyperventilation (breathing more than we metabolically need) and the effect of losing too much carbon dioxide.
  • What are the effects of increasing carbon dioxide in the body in miniscule amounts?
  • Digestive conditions and the breath.
  • How can Buteyko help with irritable bladder, uterine issues, digestive conditions, high blood pressure, peripheral circulation, sleep apnoea, and asthma (among others), and what is the mechanism?
  • What is the importance of nose breathing?
  • The magical chemical, nitric oxide, and how to produce it with breathing.
  • The Bohr Effect
    • If carbon dioxide levels are a little higher the result is more oxygen delivery.
    • The importance of this in conditions featuring damaged lung tissue.
  • The importance of increasing carbon dioxide and resetting respiratory centres in the brain to create new patterns of breathing.
  • Buteyko exercises and how they can create permanent changes in physiological responses.
  • Age appropriate and condition appropriate Buteyko breathing exercises.
  • What improvements and symptomatic relief has Mim seen with Buteyko breathing with SIBO and digestive conditions?
    • Nitric oxide improving functioning of sphincters and how this affects the digestive tract.
  • What are common signs of dysfunctional breathing?
  • Tactics to retrain mouth breathing during sleep and the outcomes of this.
  • Nose breathing at night and how this positively and profoundly affects orthodontic development.
  • Sleep apnoea and the flow on effects to other conditions in the body, eg diabetes, and heart disease.
  • Sympathetic overdrive and Buteyko’s role in helping to retrain trigger happy adrenal glands.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Motility and the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • How to know when the parasympathetic is turned on – such as increased salivation, warmth, and decreased anxiety levels.
  • Stories of health success with Buteyko Breathing.
  • Webinar courses for practitioners who cannot make it to in person trainings.
  • Live webinar courses for patients.
  • An example of a Buteyko breathing exercise – a live exercise on the SIBO Doctor Podcast with Mim Beim.
  • General indication: if the parasympathetic switch takes over 2 minutes to activate, this indicates a heavy tendency to sympathetic dominance.



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About Dr Nirala Jacobi BHSc ND

Dr Nirala Jacobi BHSc ND (USA)

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” font_font=”Open%20Sans”]Dr. Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA) graduated from Bastyr University in 1998 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She practiced as a primary care physician in Montana for 7 years before arriving in Australia and is still a licensed physician in the USA.

Dr Jacobi is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in the natural treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a common cause of IBS. She is a national and international speaker on this topic and her annual SIBO Webinars and SIBO Master Classes are popular and well-attended.

She frequently lectures on her Bi-Phasic SIBO diet and herbal approaches for the treatment of SIBO.  Dr Jacobi is the medical director of SIBOTest, an online testing service and educational portal for practitioners.  She also has a busy practice in northern New South Wales and offers mentorship sessions for practitioners[/text_block]

“Since specialising in SIBO our practice has grown enormously, people are seeking us out for the treatment. Specialising in SIBO as a business owner has…what do I say…made us busy!”

“Because there are the clearly defined treatment protocols to follow, the treatment outcomes are excellent.”

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