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How Your Tummy Can Affect Your Mind!

Have you ever noticed that when you're stressed out, your stomach sometimes feels upset? It's not just you! There's actually a special connection between your gut (that's your tummy) and your brain.

Picture this: your gut and your brain are like best friends who are always chatting with each other. When one feels a certain way, the other one can feel it too. So, when you're feeling anxious or stressed, your tummy might start acting up, giving you things like tummy aches or making you feel sick.

This happens because when you're stressed, it can mess with how your tummy works. It's like your brain is telling your tummy to get upset! And if you already have tummy troubles, like feeling sensitive to pain, stress can make it even worse.

But here's something cool: what you eat and how you take care of your tummy can also affect how you feel in your brain. There are lots of tiny creatures living in your gut called bacteria, and they play a big role in keeping your tummy and your brain happy.

When these bacteria are healthy and happy, they can help you feel better all around. But if they get out of balance, it can make you feel not so great, especially in your mood. That's why it's important to take care of your gut health by eating good foods and finding ways to relax and de-stress.

So, if you're feeling stressed out and your tummy is acting up, don't worry, you're not alone! Just remember to take care of yourself by eating well, finding ways to relax, and talking to someone if you need help. Your gut and your brain will thank you for it!

Disclaimer: The information provided is as a community service to learn more about general health topics and does not replace medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet, exercise, and supplement protocols. We never suggest stopping prescription medications. Our content is designed to be the latest, evidence-based knowledge pulling from reliable sources such as current research and the Institute of Functional Medicine. All statements have not been evaluated by the FDA nor are they intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you have any questions, please contact us at As with all educational materials designed for large groups, utilize what interests you and do your own research, discard what doesn’t serve you.


Appleton J. (2018). The Gut-Brain Axis: Influence of Microbiota on Mood and Mental Health. Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.), 17(4), 28–32.

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