Your brain might be affecting your gut
The brain-gut axis is the line of communication that exists between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. When there is a disturbance in the brain-gut axis, disruptions occur in the microbiome and the immune system.
IBS may be triggered by the immune system, which is aggravated by stress.
People with IBS may be more sensitive to emotional troubles and stress and anxiety may make the mind more aware of spasms in the colon.
A 12 year study found that people who had IBS at the beginning of the study showed higher levels of anxiety and depression at the end of the study and people who had higher levels of anxiety and depression at the beginning of the study were at greater risk of developing IBS at the end of the study.
The conclusion to this study was that dysfunction behind both disorders can be from the brain to the gut or from the gut to the brain.
The human microbiome consists of a diverse population of bacteria, both good and bad. If the balance of the bacteria is disrupted and there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria, the imbalance can have profound negative effects on both mental and physical health.