OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever had that sickening feeling after a recent break-up? Your special someone just dumped you and your first reaction is to head for the bathroom, not to flush their photos down the toilet, but to empty your upset stomach. The gastrointestinal tract is very sensitive to emotion. Experts refer to this as the "brain in your gut." "Thousands of nerves line the intestines and signal muscles to contract to propel food along the digestive tract," explains David Wolf, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
"Around 95 percent of the body's serotonin is produced in the intestinal tract," says Dr. Chait, a gastroenterologist at Columbia Doctors Medical Group in Hartsdale, NY. When we feel stress, anxiety or depression, it's no wonder your stomach feels upset and that GI problems make you depressed and anxious. So, literally, love can be a pain in your gut.
Research also shows that certain foods cause digestive discomfort and when mixed with stress, the chemical imbalance causes poor digestion. There have been thousands of romantic songs, poems and movies to help mend a broken heart, and there are just as many special diet plans to determine which foods are good for you and which foods can help ease stress and discomfort. These special diets may not mend a broken heart, but they can help your tummy feel happy again.
Andrew Gaeddert, an Herbalist in Oakland California and President and Founder of Health Concerns and The Digestive Clearing Diet has written numerous books on Digestive Health. He writes, "Mood, food and digestion are directly related. I have seen thousands of patients over my 30 years in practice and we know that a person's mood can cause reactions in their digestion in combination with certain foods."
Mr. Gaeddert just released an innovative website based on his program, the "Digestive Clearing Diet" (www.DigestiveClearingDiet.org), that helps people quickly determine which foods are digestive friendly and which foods are not. The Digestive Clearing Program has helped thousands of people improve their digestive health. This program is suitable for most patients with chronic indigestion, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, intestinal gas, diarrhea, diverticular disorders, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and gallbladder disease. "We've had tremendous success over the years with this program."
So, what foods can mend your broken heart, I mean, upset tummy? Peppermint is often cited as a helpful fix for nausea and upset stomach because the menthol in its leaves is a natural analgesic. In addition, bananas produce a natural antacid effect in the body.
Herbalist, Andrew Gaeddert explains in his book, "Digestive Health NOW" that, "During stress, the body experiences heightened physiological, biochemical, and neurochemical responses, similar to the responses you would have if you were being chased by a tiger. Increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, and increased circulation to joints and muscles prepare the body to fight or run away. The body perceives stress as a danger signal and responds accordingly. Under daily stress, the gastrointestinal functions become compromised—you can't run from a tiger and digest food at the same time. Stress hormones are produced during stress and anxiety and act to prepare the body cells for increased activity. Stress hormones shutdown digestive processes."
Here are additional foods that can help relieve an upset stomach and reduce stress.
So the next time you go through a bad break-up, don't reach for the antacids, eat a banana or drink some peppermint tea, then flush the photos.
SOURCE Andrew Gaeddert