Stress & its Impact on Our Digestive System

 

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We all experience stress from time to time and short bursts of it can be beneficial to us however prolonged exposure to it can lead to chronic illness. It is not uncommon for us to believe that illness is the root cause of our symptoms when stress may actually be the real culprit. Today I thought I’d share with you guys a few ways that stress can have an impact on our digestive system.

  1. Stress can shut down digestion: which can lead to either constipation or food passing too quickly without nutrients being absorbed.
  2. Stress can cause heartburn
  3. Stress can eliminate the good bacteria in our gut which helps to fight viruses
  4. Stress can weaken your metabolism by slowing it down

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