Stress and Digestion

​In this week’s video, I ​explain the physiology of the link between chronic stress and impaired digestion.  I discuss how being in a sympathetic nervous system response (“fight-flight-freeze”) affects our digestive capacity, as well as how chronic stress reduces vagal nerve tone and impairs the messaging ​of the gut-brain axis.  Over time, this can lead to a myriad of digestive issues common today, such as hypochlorhydria, acid reflux, bloating, and constipation. Finally, I discuss the importance of calm and mindful eating for an enhanced capacity for digestion.

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