How Trauma Affects Your Gut

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The medical community has long-acknowledged that trauma affects digestive health. Studies date back several decades linking domestic abuse—a common cause of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—to functional gastrointestinal disorders, noting a higher severity and frequency in symptoms. It wasn’t until recently that researchers have begun delving into the complexities of a gut-brain connection that underlie these digestive issues. The question is no longer “Can stress cause stomach problems?” For researchers, it’s now a matter of “How?”

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Kat McCue
Kat McCue

Kat McCue is a writer, environmental activist, and kimchi lover. She leads DIY natural beauty workshops from her home in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband and cat. If she isn’t home, you might find her biking around the city, in a park practicing qigong with friends, or trying to escape to Costa Rica.