How much of an effect do psychological factors have on gut health?

I have come across some theories that suggest mental health can be directly related to bowel health, recommending meditation, stress-relief exercises and therapy for IBS patients. Does this have a medical basis? Should I consider professional help for healthy and regular bowel movements?

Healthcare Providers (2)

Yes, there is a big relationship between mental health and gut health. I do suggest getting professional help but I think it is important to see a gastroenterologist to rule out something in the GI tract, and also work on the mental health issues.

There is a strong relationship between the nervous system and the colon since the colon movements are controlled by nerves. Any stress on the body could stimulate the nerves and this could affect the colon. You should see a gastroenterologist first and they could refer you to a motility specialist if symptoms persist.

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