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There is a lot of social pressure on us to be thin, and as a result we tend to have very negative attitudes towards our bodies. read moreAdded on 02.05.2013
Researchers have studied the explanations we give for gaining weight, and it shows that men and women give different causes. read moreAdded on 03.05.2012
Reducing stress has been shown to improve the survival outcomes for people with serious illnesses. And it can help you stay healthy too. read moreAdded on 07.12.2011
The gut responds to stress hormones fast and powerfully, making the gut spasm painfully and stop digesting, causing more distress and more stress. read moreAdded on 09.03.2011
Learning to manage stress will help you stop comfort eating. Hypnotherapy is one of the best ways to control stress. read moreAdded on 03.05.2010
Stress is implicated in IBS
The brain areas of interest in IBS also light up for stress. Researchers have discovered that with IBS, the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) responds to distension of the rectum (this is the bit they were researching, but it is suggestive that it might also apply to other parts of the gut). The ACC is also the area which responds to anxiety, stressful life events and failures to cope properly.
These research findings support observations that there are connections between psychological distress and IBS, along with a greater sensitivity to pain. This is one of the reasons perhaps that hypnosis works so well. Hypnosis is a powerful treatment for all forms of anxiety. I shall write more shortly about work done on the brain-gut link.Added on 01.01.2010