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First reason for poor digestion

First reason why you’re not digesting properly.

Stress and Digestive Function

You’ve likely felt “butterflies in your stomach” at some point – that queasy feeling accompanied by intense nervousness or excitement. These sensations occur because our gut and brain are intimately connected. If you feel stressed often, it can significantly alter your digestion.

The digestive tract has a nervous system of its own called the enteric nervous system or ENS. The ENS contains thousands of complex neurons that control digestive functions. The ENS works in tandem with the central nervous system (CNS) to communicate messages between the gut and the brain. When the brain senses external factors like stress, it releases chemicals that stimulate the ENS to divert blood flow away from the gastrointestinal tract and toward other organs that support survival. When digestion is disturbed, the ENS communicates distress to the brain. Over time, chronically elevated stress hormones will lead to impaired digestive function.

Identifying your stressors (emotional and physiological) can be a powerful first step to improving digestion. In addition, science confirms the value of mindful eating and good chewing.

Relaxation practices like yoga, mindful breathing, gratitude journal and others can powerfully improve digestion. Some of these techniques would not take much of your time and very easy to practice.

If you would like to discuss your digestive issues and get immediate help, please call or text 646-330-1431.

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