The psyche of Nutrition 101

The gut and mind are closely intercorrelated in how they work in helping an individual remain healthy. This is why, under a stressful situation...one may experience nausea. Stress can affect movement and contractions of the GI tract, make inflammation worse, or perhaps make you more susceptible to infection. According to Harvard Health Publishing, "some people with functional GI disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains are more responsive to pain signals from the GI tract." Are your stomach or intestinal problems — such as heartburn, abdominal cramps, or loose stools — related to stress? If you notice these symptoms, please consult them with your doctor. These issues are normally diagnosed under three categories of symptoms, which can be viewed below:

 

Physical symptoms

·      Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders

·      Headaches

·      Sleep problems

·      Shakiness or tremors

·      Recent loss of interest in sex

·      Weight loss or gain

·      Restlessness

Behavioral symptoms

·      Procrastination

·      Grinding teeth

·      Difficulty completing work assignments

·      Changes in the amount of alcohol or food you consume

·      Taking up smoking, or smoking more than usual

·      Increased desire to be with or withdraw from others

·      Rumination (frequent talking or brooding about stressful situations)

Emotional symptoms

·      Crying

·      Overwhelming sense of tension or pressure

·      Trouble relaxing

·      Nervousness

·      Quick temper

·      Depression

·      Poor concentration

·      Trouble remembering things

·      Loss of sense of humor

·      Indecisiveness

 

 

Be well. Be informed. Live well. 

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