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Pay attention to your gut-brain connection – it may contribute to your anxiety and digestive problems.

We’re all familiar with that “sick-to-the-stomach” feeling that has nothing to do with what we last ate. Anxiety, excitement, shock, these feelings can all trigger a gut-reaction (pun intended) because our gastrointestinal tract is thought to be sensitive to emotion.

Why is this? Well, it turns out that the brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines.

An example of this is the way just thinking of eating could activate the stomach’s juices before any food has been consumed. Vice-versa, a troubled gut can send signals to the brain, which can result in anxiety, stress or depression.

So those suffering from gastrointestinal distress with no apparent physical cause should consider the stress and emotion in their lives that could be contributing to their condition.

Gut health and anxiety

Understanding the intimate gut-brain connection can give you a better understanding of why you feel nauseous before an important meeting or after receiving shocking news. Of course, this doesn’t mean that functional gastrointestinal conditions are imagined or “all in your head.” It is true, however, that stress, depression or other psychological factors can affect the GI tract by worsening inflammation or making one more susceptible to infection.

There’s also research to suggest that people with functional GI disorders can feel pain more intensely. This is because their brains can become more attuned to pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can also intensify this pain.

And interestingly enough, a review of 13 studies revealed that patients who tried psychologically based approaches experienced a greater improvement in their digestive symptoms when compared with those who didn’t.

Gut-brain connection, anxiety and digestion

If you think your intestinal discomfort (heartburn, stomach cramps etc.) might be linked to stress, consider consulting your doctor to look at a treatment plan. You can also ask your doctor about Artigest IBS, which may offer natural digestive relief by reducing the gastric motility symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia – such as nausea, bloating and abdominal pain, gastric fullness and early satiety.



Artigest IBS contains Prodigest® – a patented combination of two standardised ingredients: a lipophilic CO2 extract of ginger roots (Zingiber officinale Rosc) and a unique extract of artichoke leaves (Cynara cardunculus L) – that has proven to assist with digestion.


Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.

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