An overabundance of stress has the ability to wreak havoc on your stomach, bringing about unwelcome feelings of pain or general discomfort. A potential strategy to beat the bloat and ease tummy torment lies in a series of yoga poses, which could help to reduce stress and alleviate digestive discomfort.
When the body is stressed, a “flight or fight” response is activated, shutting down blood flow to the central nervous system. This, in turn, slows the contraction of digestive muscles and decreases secretions needed for digestion.
“It’s true that people can experience discomfort in their guts that is stress-related,” says John Denninger, MD, PhD, Director of Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Any kind of technique, whether it’s yoga or meditation, that can buffer stress has the potential to be beneficial,” he says. Continue reading >> boston.com