When we experience Anxiety, many people experience physical symptoms in the gut. Symptoms include Irritable Bowel, cramps, acid reflux, gas and bloating. When we experience anxiety on a daily basis, elevated levels of cortisol are released into our bodies. This affects the gut flora, which in turn affects our gut health. Added to this, constant ‘Fight or Flight’ mode, takes vital energy away from the gut area. When this happens on a regular basis, our gut permeability is affected, resulting in a leaky gut. Gut motility is also affected. This becomes a vicious circle as conversely poor gut health affects our emotional wellbeing.
In order to have better health, we need to take a holistic approach to gut health. Reducing anxiety levels is vital to our overall wellbeing.