Stress & The Gut

Your Gut Reaction to the Word STRESS
by Dr. Sindhu Kaitha

If unmanaged, STRESS can have a negative impact on every part of our digestive system.

Did you know:

  • Over 40% of people in the U.S. report having more than one digestive symptom per month with women being higher than men.
  • The digestive system is home to more cancers and causes more cancer mortalities than any other organ system in the body.
  • More than 270,000 Americans develop a cancer of the esophagus, stomach, colon or rectum each year.
  • Your stomach does not do most of the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • The absorptive surface area of the small intestine is around 2,700 feet equal to the size of a tennis court.

 We can take control of our gut health by better managing our stress. Often, we put others first and ourselves last.  This mindset can severely affect our health and negatively impact those who rely on us.  With a simple lifestyle shift and proper perspective, you can put the focus in order and keep your health and your gut in check!

Simple Ways to Keep YOUR Gut in Check: 

  • Healthy diet with fresh foods, probiotics or fermented foods
  • Meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises and elevate your heart rate just 30 minutes a day!
  • Sleep… our bodies need at least 8 hours of sleep (sometimes even MORE if stressed).
  • Digestive health screenings, colonoscopies, etc.
  • TALK to your doctor and don’t delay seeking help if you’re uncomfortable or hurting

For more information on maintaining your digestive health or treatment for getting your digestive system in balance, contact:

Dr. Sindhu Kaitha, M.D
ProCare Gastroenterology
Phone: (432) 640-3007
540 West 5th Street, Suite 300 • Odessa, Texas 79761

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