Food Sensitivity

Does Stress Affect Your Digestion?

Stress is known to be a very challenging ailment most individuals deal with. Not only does it make you lose focus, feel anxious, and worry, but it can also cause digestive issues and worsen your body’s response to things like food intolerances. This post discusses the ways in which stress affects your digestion and what you can do to get it back on track.

The nervous system is responsible for controlling digestion in your body. The signals are sent through the nerves to trigger certain actions and production of enzymes and other chemicals your body needs to break down foods. However, stress can disrupt this process as it turns your body into its fight or flight mode. By doing this, it’s possible that digestion shuts down completely, as the stress is placing all attention from the brain somewhere else. This can often lead to constipation, or other similar digestive issues.

Similarly, stress can cause inflammation in the gut system. If you’ve read any of our other posts, you’ll understand that inflammation can lead to a myriad of other symptoms as it happens with food intolerances. So, if you are experiencing food intolerance symptoms and add stress to the equation, your symptoms may become more severe.

It was noted that stress relief techniques such as meditation and confiding in a trusted individual can help relieve some of the stress, removing some of the risks of having your digestive system affected by it.

It’s important to keep stress levels under control to prevent them from affecting other parts of your body. Allowing stress to take over can lead to much more severe, and sometimes dangerous outcomes.