By: Dr. Kimberley Ramberan, ND
The connection between the gut and the brain goes both ways. A "distressed" intestine sends signals to the brain, just as a "distressed" brain sends signals to the gut. Therefore, your digestive symptoms can both be the cause and the product of anxiety, stress and depression. When emotions are causing your gastro-intestinal (GI) symptoms there is often a delay between physical findings, such as a colonoscopy or abnormalities found in a physical exam. This delay, in turn, can delay the treatment for a developing disease.
As naturopathic doctor is trained to treat the whole person and to recognize the link between the gut and the brain. As such, a naturopathic doctor, particularly when there is an absence of physical findings, would often indicate that a patient's emotional and physical state needs to be examined to address the cause of the symptoms and to prevent the progression of any disease.
Is stress causing your symptoms?
- Overwhelming sense of pressure or tension
- Trouble relaxing
- Quick Temper
- Poor Concentration
- Trouble remembering things
- Loss of sense of humour
Understanding the gut-brain connection can provide a valuable approach to any health condition, especially digestive symptoms. To find our more about the gastro-intestinal relationship with the brain please call Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic at 905-940-2727 to book an appointment with Dr. Kimberley Ramberan, ND.
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