How stress effects your gut health



Use Bowen as a way to manage stress on the gut.


Stress can impact on gut health immensely. Stress (emotional, mental or physical) increases cortisol – a stress hormone in the body that puts you in a fight or flight response. This increases proinflammatory markers in the body – prostaglandins E2 that causes pain, also this causes the intestinal lining of the gut to be more permeable. Intestinal permeability, also known as ‘leaky gut’ causes symptoms of food intolerances. Eating inflammatory foods (e.g. wheat, dairy/sugar) causes bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.

Bowen therapy: Bowen therapy is a gentle bodywork that helps in regulating the stress response. Moves are gentle rolling movements at certain points of the body with 2 minute waits in-between. Bowen therapy reduces HPA (hypo-pituitary adrenal) axis activity and works on the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system) for rest and relaxation. Bowen therapy is effective in addressing adrenal fatigue/burnout.

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