Does anxiety cause indigestion or does indigestion cause anxiety?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I am having troubles discovering the cause of my digestive issues... I am considering that genetic anxiety is the true cause. I've tried multiple of everything (literally) and nothing has worked for any period of time for digestion. I'm starting to consider that the lack of blood flow from my body to my intestines as a result of generalized anxiety could cause the indigestion in my body. What are your thoughts? Thanks



on May 24, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Gut dysbiosis causes anxiety. Trust me. I know. Those frigging bugs - some of them are pathogens and parasites - they cause everything. It is a cycle. Eat well.

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on May 24, 2013
at 03:25 PM

It works both ways. When the brain spots triggers for anxiety, intestinal problems may arise, and vice versa; when the brain spots intestinal problems (due to a panicky state), it may conclude there's reason te be anxious. I can't explain this really, you should check out Levin's work on trauma healing.


on May 24, 2013
at 03:24 PM

I think it can go both ways. I was on meds for anxiety until I started eat paleo. Now I'll take L-Theanine (natural stress management supplement) once in a while if work is really stressful, but I don't ever get that doom and gloom, out-of-nowhere cloud of anxiety that I used to suffer from regularly.

HOWEVER, I also used to get bad stomachaches whenever I ate out at restaurants with friends, which I later attributed to a wheat sensitivity and generally unhappy gut. Well, I've cut all of the bad stuff out and my gut is much better, but I still get stomachaches sometimes when I'm out with friends, whether I'm eating or not. I think my body just gets kind of worked up when I'm around a bunch of people, and that causes indigestion. I've always been a nervous pooper as well, so my stomach and brain seem very closely in tune. My nutritionist suggested that I spend a few minutes meditating and/or taking some deep calming breaths before I meet with people, and I've found that to help somewhat.

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