Imagine your favorite, most decadent thing to eat.
Maybe it’s a thick slice of rich chocolate cake, a slice of pizza dripping with cheese, hot from a brick oven, a buttery lobster, or how about a juicy burger?
Did your mouth start to water? You probably couldn’t tell, but your stomach started producing juices to digest those fantastic foods.
If you ever doubted that what you’re thinking about could impact what happens in your gut, well, you just experienced the proof that it does!
And this brain-gut connection doesn’t only involve thoughts about food. It includes STRESS, which can play a tremendous role in the workings of your gut (like digesting food) … and your gut microbiome’s health.
We can get so accustomed to living a high-stress lifestyle that we start to believe that stress is every day and doesn’t impact us.
But it sure does. Stress is associated not only with an upset stomach but also actual conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and gastrointestinal reflux disease.
Here are a few ideas:
- Take a day completely off every week if possible! Do something fun.
- Meditate or practice deep breathing.
- Catch yourself when you think stressful or negative thoughts, and think positive reviews instead.
- Spend time with loved ones.
- Say NO more often and guard your time wisely.
- Eat a healthy, gut-friendly diet to support your digestive system.
- Practice yoga to help build a mind-body connection (vs. trying to excel at it).
The deeper you dive into the things that make up a healthy lifestyle, the more you realize it is all connected!