Did you know about 26% of Americans Suffer from Mental health disorders, and a recent study shows that almost 74% of Americans struggle with Gut health issues? It being such a consistent problem in the US and with the people in our lives, we wanted to open this can of worms and discuss how these two things are linked.
Today let's talk about mind to gut connection! We have all come to a point where we didn't understand why we have such unexpected or even consistent stomach problems, and we are here to shed some light on this issue.
Why do we have such bad stomach aches, irregularity, & crazy moments of bloating?
Here's the answer, our brain and our gut are too connected. The brain & gut are connected through one of the largest nerves in the body, the Vagus nerve. This nerve sends signals from the brain to the gut and from the gut to the brain. These neurological waves happen so these two organs can communicate.
Just like when our body is injured, it sends signals to our brain, letting us know that we are hurt. The brain does this as well but to our tummy. When our mind is troubled and stressed, it sends the same wave links to our gut, letting us know.
Many of us didn't realize anxiety, stress & depression can be directly linked to our gastrointestinal system. This can look like being overly stressed at work, and now you're feeling bloated and struggling to go to the restroom. Or you're going through a significant change in life, and depression has set in, which may result in substantial stomach pains and irregularities.
This can go both ways, such as where you are having major stomach pain from food allergies, and now you are feeling sad and depressed. It is essential to take care of your mind and health equally. They communicate with each other and have a cause and effect reaction because they are linked.
Here are some things we can do to help narrow down the problem.
1. Listen to your body.
Get in tune, take note of what you are feeling. If you're feeling sad and see yourself not going to the restroom and noticing an irregularity, take note that this is a problem. Stay on top of knowing yourself. It makes it easier to track.
2. Take action.
Feeling that something is abnormal? Like you can't control your stomach aches? Then check your diet. Feeling anxious every day for weeks? Ask yourself these questions, "how do I feel?" "Am I getting enough sleep?" "Why am I feeling like this?" and take time to reflect.
3. Talk to Someone
Talking to someone can be an easy step that could help more than you thought. Talk to your doctor, a friend, family, a therapist, etc... this can destress you and help you breakdown the problem further to find the best solutions.
Knowing that the mind and body are so deeply connected, we can move away from thinking we are broken and start taking action to resolve our issues.
We hope this helps you!