An upset stomach
our brains and our bellies are connected by a superhighway of neurons and hormones called the brain-gut axis. intense emotions can set off neurotransmitters in the gi tract that cause the intestines to contract more vigorously (leading to diarrhea) or to slow down (which you feel as constipation). stress can also trigger heartburn, caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus.
First off, maybe skip the hot wings after a rough day. and before a pressure-packed event, hit the gym. mood-elevating endorphins can offset stomach trouble before it starts, says roshini raj, md, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone medical center. if stress already has your insides on the fritz, an otc antidiar rheal, stool softener, or heartburn chewable may settle things down. For frequent stomach issues that stress exacerbates, like ibs, your doc may recommend an antidepressant (there’s that mind-gut connection) or a probiotic that boosts good gut bacteria.