Bloated!  Can Stress be the Reason

Stress and Its Impact on Digestion

Our body responds the same way as our mental health is. The digestive system is the first thing to get impacted if we are dealing with a lot lately. Stress is problematic for many reasons. Can we add bloating to it?

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Stress can activate the body’s fight-or-flight response, which can be problematic as it diverts nutrients and supplies. This condition can slow digestion, cause bowel movement problems, and cause bloating.


Altered Digestive Functions

Trillions of microorganisms reside in the digestive tract, and good bacteria are known to promote healthy digestion. Stress can influence the composition and activity of gut microbiota, which can disrupt digestion and cause bloating.


Changes in Gut Microbiota

This is common these days; stress can heighten the sensitivity of the gastrointestinal tract, which makes an individual more likely to perceive sensations like bloating. In some cases, sensitivity is very high, and even normal digestive processes can be uncomfortable.


Increased Sensitivity

There are chances that stress can influence hormonal secretions in our bodies. Certain hormones regulate the digestive process, and disrupted hormonal levels can cause digestive discomfort like bloating.


Hormonal Changes

According to some advanced studies, stress can influence our eating patterns as it changes our food choices and eating patterns. We can turn towards comfort food, which is high in fat and sugar, contributing to bloating.


Impact on Eating Habit