Effects Of Stress

The Effects Of Stress On Your Gut

Having digestive problems? Check your stress levels.

Our digestive function and nervous system are intimately tied together.  Therefore, The Effects Of Stress in our lives has a direct impact on our digestive function, often resulting in digestive “upset”.  One of the most common etiologies of so-called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (a rapidly growing diagnosis used by the conventional medical world to explain a variety of otherwise unexplainable digestive symptoms) is simply stress leading to nervous system dysfunction.

Michael D. Gershon, MD wrote an excellent book a number of years ago called The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine that discusses the nervous system etiology for a number of digestive diseases.  Dr. Gershon sets out his hypothesis about the gut-brain connection and explores the roots of the many gastrointestinal related disorders we see today.

Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP wrote a fine post on this subject that can be viewed here.


Dr. Steven Milkis is a Naturopathic Physician and the owner of Green Lake Natural Medicine, located in the Tangletown enclave of Green Lake in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys working in a variety of modalities to help patients of all ages and sexes improve their health and wellbeing. He can be reached via www.greenlakenaturalmedicine.com