The Gut-Brain System
In fact, some patients with digestive disorders are treated successfully with antidepressants or anti- anxiety medication, and some scientists suspect that antidepressants relieve depression by boosting the serotonin in the gut--not in the brain.
Evidence that the gut plays a role in our moods is mounting. A surprising 95 percent of gut-brain nerve fibers travel from the gut to the brain--not from the brain to the gut, as one might expect. Scientists experimenting on the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and digestive system, found that stimulating the nerve at different frequencies can cause different emotions.
To Settle Your Stomach, Manage Your Stress
While stress doesn't appear to cause most digestive disorders, it can interrupt the colon's normal contractions, causing queasiness, "butterflies," severe pain, diarrhea, constipation, and induce flare-ups in people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Stress does cause indigestion.
Be good to your gut by being good to yourself. Take measures to reduce and avoid stress and to get a handle on your depression or anxiety. Consider meditating, practicing yoga, attending counseling sessions and support groups, relaxation training, exercising regularly, getting a full night's sleep and eliminating from your life whatever stressors you can. Even better, learn how to stop those stressors from getting under your skin! Focus on what's positive and enjoy.
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