Stress triggers Indigestion

We all have to deal with a certain amount of stress. It is unavoidable. But then, do you know that stress can affect your digestion?

Heard of a student that has to rush to the toilet just before a major exam or a staff that suddenly comes up with constipation just before a major presentation? Yeah, those can be attributed to the effect of stress on the digestive system.

The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the stomach.

Stress can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. It can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea.

The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, stress, all of these feelings can trigger symptoms in the stomach. Stress can cause reactions in your stomach making you feel nauseous, in fact, stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.

So, what’s the way out?

Resist the ’emotional- eating’ urge.

At this time, your system would need a healthy well-balanced diet. Avoid lots of sugar (which might be what you will crave for), fat or alcohol. Eat light, don’t stock up on junk. Carrots, Yoghurt and nuts are examples of things you can snack on.

Physical Exercise


Physical activity relieves tension and stimulates the release of brain chemicals called endorphins that relieve stress and improve your mood. You don’t have to go hardcore, but something light will be of great help.

Find your relax zone.

Surround yourself with music you love, take time out to meditate in a serene environment, and make yourself relax, before long your bowels will begin to cooperate again. Finding someone to speak with to can be of great help.

Reduce stress triggers.

Go slow on the things that cause you stress. Avoid drinking or smoking. Coffees won’t be advisable during this time. Avoid drugs, except prescribed by your physician.

Take time out to relax and avoid stressful situations. only a healthy being can be productive. 

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