The impact of stress on your gut
Firstly, stress in general affects the gut because the gut and the brain are connected through hundreds of millions of nerves, known as the enteric nervous system. This often means that what’s going on in our brain can influence what’s going on in our gut.
Those who struggle with anxiety, stress and depression may notice changes to their digestion when they experience these emotions. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can slow down the digestive process. This can lead to constipation or cause spasms, which may lead to diarrhoea.
The foods that we turn to when we’re stressed are also culprits for stressing the gut.