Our Gut and Brain Are Talking: ListenHow Stress Impacts More than our Minds

There is nothing worse than anticipatory anxiety. The waiting game, where my mind tries to tell the future, and it only comes up with terrible and illogical predictions. Couple that with waiting in a testing room at a doctor's office, and my imagination will run wild. “Just call my name already!” With every passing moment in waiting, my anxiety grows. While breathing exercises may help calm my heart rate and slow down my mind, it does little to the bubbling that’s begun. Before I realize it, my eyes are darting around for the nearest bathroom. My anxiety is now in my gut, making sitting in my seat quite uncomfortable for obvious reasons —“Rassuli!” —Shit.

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It can be easy to mistake these anxious gut traveling symptoms as separate from mental health; I thought as much for years. However, emerging research on the Gut-Brain axis is uncovering a biological highway that connects our psychology and biology. Understanding this highway helped improve my gut health, and if my embarrassing little story above resonated with you, this might too.

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