Harvard Health Blog Discusses the Brain-Gut Connection

Brain-Gut Connection
[adapted from Harvard Health Blog, posted April 11, 2019]


Bloating, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other diseases related to the GI (gastrointestinal) system can be helped through integrative treatments researchers explain, as the brain encased in our skull actually sends signals to the GI system. This, in turn, affects the speed at which food moves through the digestive system, as well as its absorption of nutrients and the secretion of digestive juices. A variety of negative emotions, such as anxiety, depression, sadness, fear, anger affect the GI system, make it overly sensitive to bloating, increase inflammation and change gut microbiota. Stress can contribute to worsen GI conditions and sensitivity to foods, which may also result in cardiovascular issues and depression.