Butterflies In The Gut Are Signs Of Trouble

Butterflies In The Gut Are Signs Of Trouble (WRSP)

Have you ever had a gut wrenching experience or had to make a decision on gut instinct? In tonight's “health matter's,” why doctors say stressful situations can affect your stomach and gut.

Butterflies in your stomach. The expression describes emotional situations doctors say many people feel in the gut.

Anger, anxiety, and sadness - and among the many emotions that trigger a physical "gut reaction," and it is the body's way of reacting to stress. "The stomach and the bowels are very, very rich of nerve endings, and whatever is stressing those nerve endings and the nerves, it's going to cause the bowels and the GI tract to react in a certain way and cause symptoms,” said Gastroenterology and Hepatology clinician Jamile Wakim-Fleming, M.D. at Cleveland Clinic.

Experts say, that nervous stomach feeling can include nausea, burning sensation, increased heart rate and dry mouth. In a stressful situation, nervous habits can add discomfort to your stomach.

"The brain dictates all of our system. Whatever causes the brain to react, whether it's a happy feeling or a sad feeling or anxiety, sends plenty of messages," said doctor Wakim-Fleming M.D.

Health experts also say that it all comes down to the power of the brain to send messages that are received in the many nerve endings in the gut. For instance, biting your tongue or nails causes you to swallow more air and can add to feelings of nausea or bloating.

While for some, stress can make some people feel a knot or tightness in the gut after learning bad news.

Doctors say that people can learn what dietary triggers contribute to their 'gut feeling', and suggest that people try to manage or eliminate them to lessen their discomfort.

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