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How Stress Affects Your Gut

Do you feel a knot in your stomach just thinking about finances, a demanding boss, emails that need to be answered, family and social obligations … it seems like the list never ends. It’s like you’re always on and distracted with constant texts and social media expectations that take a toll on your physical and emotional vibrancy and keep you on the verge of burnout. 

Maybe these modern-day symptoms sound familiar to you:

  • Feeling overwhelmed and constant worrying
  • Low energy and trouble sleeping
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

 What can you do?

Some ways you can alleviate stress is to unplug from technology and reconnect with loved ones and friends; get outside; eat healthy and exercise; and be mindful of your gut health … which takes us back to that knot in your stomach. 

It goes way beyond digestion. Did you know our intestinal tract is very sensitive to emotions? That’s because our gut and brain are closely connected through a series of nerve connections and chemical communication. Basically, they’re talking to each other all day, every day. The two are so closely connected that it can be hard to tell if intestinal stress is the cause or product of stress, anxiety, or depression.

Step #1: Pinpoint the stressors in your life. Examples include:

  • Stiff or tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty completing work assignments
  • Overwhelming sense of tension or pressure
  • Poor concentration

Step #2: Start with simple lifestyle changes.

  • Reduce stress and have more fun!
  • Eat food rich in prebiotics (garlic, asparagus, bananas) and probiotics (fermented yogurt, kimchee, kombucha)
  • Start the 3-in-30 System: This easy-to-follow program resets and repairs the health of your gut’s microbiome with digestive enzymes and pre- and probiotics. You CAN radically change the way you feel—flatten bloated bellies, flush out unwanted toxins, support colon health, improve energy, and stimulate weight loss.

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