Have you ever wondered why you can feel anxiety in your stomach? This happens when your brain sends signals to your gut that create these physical symptoms. The reverse is also true, meaning that an unhappy gut can cause feelings of stress and depression in the brain.
Your gut and brain are constantly communicating with each other. In this article, we will discuss how this communication has a direct effect on your mood and stress, and what you can do to improve it.
Your gut and stress
Your vagus nerve is the superhighway that helps your brain and gut communicate with each other. When stress occurs, it triggers the release of harmful molecules (proinflammatory cytokines) that lead to disease and inflammation, hurting your gut in several ways. The impacts of stress on your gut can result in:
- Acid reflux
- Intestinal holes that allow food particles, toxins, and bacteria to enter your bloodstream
- A decrease in oxygenation and blood flow to your GI tract
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Improper functioning of the nerves and muscles in your digestive system (intestinal dysmotility)
All of the above issues can result in serious long-term problems and disorders like peptic ulcers, IBS, food allergies, and more. To prevent this from happening, here’s what you need to do:
- Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep at night
- Work out regularly
All of these are great ways to reduce stress. To improve your gut health, on the other hand, eating a diet complete with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods is critical. By working to decrease your stress and improve your gut health, you will not only feel better all around, but significantly reduce your risk of developing certain diseases in the future.
One of the best ways to accomplish both improved gut health and decreased stress is through Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy, a revolutionary non-pharmaceutical solution that heals your brain, gut, and everything in between at the cellular level. This, coupled with nutritional advice from an experienced professional like Dr. John will help you get back on the path to wellness in no time. To learn more about this life-changing treatment plan, contact Independence Wellness & Pulse Center or request an appointment to get help right here in Lafayette.