Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.

It makes sense to people that the brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. However, many people do not know that this connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.

A recent article from the Harvard Health Connections of Harvard Medical School states that the brain and the gastrointestinal system (Gut) are intimately connected — so intimately that they should be viewed as one system.

Gut-Brain Dysfunction (GBD)

The Harvard Health Connections publication of Harvard Medical School warns people that there are symptoms that you can look for to let you know if you are at-risk for Gut-Brain Dysfunction. Some of the top symptoms are listed 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

The Gut-Brain Connection Can Be Improved

If you suffer from, or are not quite sure if you suffer from, Gut-Brain Dysfunction, there is good news. It can be healed. Fully healing your gut-brain connection can take time, however we have developed a program that is effective at quickly getting you back on track while you are empowered to make changes in your life for permanent gut-brain success. After careful assessment, to see what your specific gut-brain needs are, our doctors will create an individualized plan to heal your body. The elements of our program are below and they are a recipe for success!

  • Test don’t guess – identify your needs to create an individualized care program
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Heal your gut through specific nutritional support
  • Lower inflammation
  • Support your adrenal glands
  • Support your neurotransmitters
  • Eliminate dietary toxins
  • Manage your stress