Stress can affect your digestion and cause diarrhea.
Our body is home to trillions of microorganisms²⁰. In fact, more than 95% of them are located in the large intestine. These microorganisms produce chemicals that control our moods, as well as stimulate the nerves in the stomach and intestine that send signals to the brain²¹. For this reason, the digestive tract or the gut is called the “ second brain”²² because of how it can affect your mood and mental state²¹.
With this gut-brain connection, people with gastrointestinal (GI) problems often experience anxiety and stress brought by the condition. On the other hand, anxiety and stress can make GI problems worse²².
Whenever you feel danger, or threat like stress, the “fight or flight” response of your brain is triggered. This response causes the gut to slow down or stop digestion²².
In fact, stress disturbs the balance of microbes in the gut²³.
In these circumstances, managing stress and using probiotics can help restore normal bowel function²³.