Did you know that there is a close connection between your adrenal stress hormones and gut issues?
The immune cells that line your digestive tract are regulated by your stress hormone cortisol. If your cortisol becomes out of balance, your immunity can in turn become suppressed, making you more prone to develop digestive symptoms like bloating, heartburn, constipation and diarrhoea.
The more stress we are under, the more out of range our cortisol becomes, and as our cortisol is depleted the digestive system starts to react poorly to foods, and we run the risk of picking up pathogens like parasites, bacterial infections, and yeast overgrowth.
Most people are familiar with ulcers being exacerbated by stress. This is a good example of the connection between cortisol, stress and the digestive functioning. Cortisol can also cause you to become ‘catabolic’ so that you begin to eat away at your muscles, including your gut lining. This can lead to leaky gut.
When people come to me with gut issues, I like to investigate their adrenals by testing and correcting their cortisol levels. Addressing stress first makes healing the gut so much more effective, and is literally the beginning of the road to healing the gut. Combining this with a GI Stool Test to assess and treat pathogens, as well as working on an inflammatory-diet, results in very good success for treating gut issues!
If you’re suffering from an upset gut, feel free to shoot me a message to find out how I can help you with Functional Medicine!