How anxiety can impact the health of your gut and brain?

Have you ever had gut-feeling or butterflies in your stomach? or does certain situations make you nervous? or in some situations you need to run for a loo or you might feel nauseated before giving a presentation. This things happen because you are getting signals from your second brain and that my friend is your “GUT”. The scientist called it the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Our “Gastrointestinal Tract” is sensitive to Emotions, Anger, Anxiety, Sadness, and Happiness– and any of this can be triggered by following gut symptoms (ex…).

We need to take this seriously because lots of brain problems can be connected to the gut. You might try to fix the brain problems like Headache, Migraine, or Anxiety with medicine, but these problems could be fixed by fixing your gut issues or vice versa.

The brain is a powerful tool humans can have. It has a strong impact on your body, your emotions, and your hormones. There is a physical and chemical connection between gut and brain, that’s how anxiety can impact the health of the gut and brain.

Gut and Brain connect in a different ways

For example, the thought of certain food can stimulates gastric juices. You can experience with lemon exercise, just close your eyes and think about cutting juicy lemon with your imagination and hold it near to your tongue – most people start producing salivation, which is one of your digestive enzymes. This means your digestive system got a signal to initiate digestion.

Sometimes you think about your favorite food and you feel hungry that is your brain-gut connection.

Why this connection is important?

In old days we thought if we had kidney problems then we only looked at kidneys, or if we have stomach problems we only look at the stomach. Nobody knew back then that there is a connection between all the systems, so if we do not have proper digestive system then nothing is going to work in a proper way.

Why the digestive system is important? Because everything we eat gets digested, and from there every cells of the body gets nutrients in form of raw energy.

You could have a supplement for kidney or liver or pancreas but it will not work if your digestion is not good enough. And if digestion not good enough then it will not break down those supplements and absorb those supplements.

Gut and Brain connections

  • Vagus nerve connection
  • Neurotransmitter, Serotonin and Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Gut microbes (It affects inflammation which is associated with several brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression)

Foods for Gut-Brain health

1. Omega-3 fats

     Studies on humans and animals show that Omega-3 can increase the good bacteria in the gut and reduce the risk of brain disease. Buy Here

2. Fermented foods

      Fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, and cheese contains healthy bacteria. These probiotics reduce stress hormone in humans. Buy Here

3. High fiber foods

      High fiber food like whole grain, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables contain fiber which is good for your gut. Buy Here

4. Polyphenol rich food

      Cocoa, green tea, olive oil, and coffee contains polyphenol, which increase gut bacteria, and may improve congestion. Buy Here

5. Tryptophan-rich food

       Turkey, eggs, cheese, raw soybean contains tryptophan which converts into neurotransmitter (serotonin). Buy Here

How do you get relief from anxiety?

  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Yoga or Exercise
  • Don’t eat when you are stressed
  • Keep in mind anxiety is not going solve your problems, so by all means don’t have it 🙂

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