Anxiety and Gut Health Relationship

Anxiety and gut health may be the cause for the butterflies in your stomach. Furthermore, it may produce the feeling of fainting in a stressful situation. It is a very important issue to talk about. Anxiety is a very complicated topic that can lead to death if not looked upon. Sometimes, even psychiatric help and prescribed medicines may not be enough. Consequently, if you are suffering from anxiety, please seek help. You are NOT alone.

Anxiety and Gut Health Relationship

Gut Health

Scientifically, anxiety and stomach problems are connected. The gut,  also known as your “second brain” or  ENS enteric nervous system, is in fact,  not that small. Our gut consists of  2 thin layers, including more than 100 million nerve cells. Your GI tract runs from your esophagus to your rectum. The gut controls your digestion. This starts from swallowing to releasing of enzymes that break down food. This controls blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination.

There are some negative emotions that trigger the gut:

  • anger
  • anxiety
  • sadness
  • elation
Anything that you feel on your stomach and intestine can send information to your brain. This is because your brain and stomach are connected.
Are stress, depression and other psychological factors are all linked to sickness? The answer is yes!
  • It affects movement and contractions of your gastrointestinal tract
  • Makes inflammation worse
  • It makes you more susceptible to infection

People with functional gastrointestinal disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people.

This is because their brains are more responsive to pain signals from the GI tract.
If you are having anxiety and stress triggers, your gut will know about it. As a result, your gut may react to your emotions. These emotions that can trigger it, are mostly strong negative ones and anxiety is best know for it.
As you may have heard of, the gut- brain axis is a bi-directional link between the gut and emotional health. Did you know, 90% serotonin (our “feel good” neurotransmitter) is produced in the gut? In conclusion, having an unhealthy gut microbiome, certainly our emotions are negatively affected.
The best way to battle anxiety, is to start working on a healthier gut.
Start with proper food and fun activities that will lessen the trigger. Feeling blue? Download the free “Daily routines to combat stress” below.

The Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Stiff or tense muscle on your shoulders or neck
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Problems
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Recent loss of interest in sex
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Restlessness

Anxiety and Gut Health Behavioral Symptoms

  • Procrastination
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Difficulty completing work assignments
  • Changes in the amount of alcohol or food you consume
  • Increased desire to withdraw from others
  • Rumination (frequent talking or brooding about stressful situations)

Emotional Symptoms

  • Crying
  • Overwhelming sense of tension or pressure
  • Trouble relaxing
  • Nervousness
  • Quick Temper
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Loss of sense of humor
  • Indecisiveness
Anxiety is something that I take seriously. No one should go through it alone. Never be shy to ask for help.
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