High sensitivity & intestinal complaints: how stimuli, emotions and energies of others play a role in this

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High sensitivity & intestinal complaints: how stimuli, emotions and energies of others play a role in this
Are you highly sensitive and do you regularly suffer from intestinal complaints, such as stitches in the abdomen, rumbling intestines, constipation, or diarrhea? Then you are not alone, because this connection is common. Conversely, it is also the case that 80% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are also highly sensitive. Do you want to know why it is that HSPs often suffer from stomach and intestinal complaints and what you can do about this? Then read this blog about the relationship between high sensitivity and intestinal complaints.

Intestinal complaints with high sensitivity due to a faster reaction to stimuli

As an HSP you perceive all kinds of stimuli much more intensely than people who are not highly sensitive. You can therefore be overstimulated faster and this can cause intestinal complaints. Stimuli that can affect your gut include thoughts, emotions, and stress. People who are highly sensitive often feel rushed or stressed.

You may recognize that you can worry more quickly about a presentation you have to give or the train you have to catch than someone else. In such situations, you may be dealing with an unhelpful thought, such as “I’ll be late later.”. As an HSP, you are also more susceptible to stimuli in food such as gluten, lactose, and sugars. This can make you more prone to stomach and intestinal complaints.

Violent reaction to stimuli increases the risk of intestinal complaints in case of high sensitivity

Intestinal complaints do not only arise faster in highly sensitive people because they perceive stimuli earlier. They also perceive stimuli much more intensely than people who are not highly sensitive. Emotions, such as frustration or sadness, often feel much more intense. They come in to you and can get all upset about it. Or maybe you try to suppress these emotions in front of others. Because you react more strongly to these stimuli or suppress them, your physical complaints, such as abdominal pain or diarrhea, will also be more severe. The brain-gut axis, the connection between the brain and intestines , is also much more tuned.

Intestinal complaints because HSPs take over emotions and energies from others

High sensitivity & intestinal complaints: how stimuli, emotions and energies of others play a role in this

As an HSP you are often too open to your environment and it is difficult to close off or protect yourself energetically, as it were. Because you also receive (negative) energies from others, you can become overtired. This fatigue can lead to less functioning digestion and therefore cause intestinal complaints.

You may also copy emotions from others, such as anger and sadness. You may recognize that if someone is angry, it hits your stomach. For example, you may feel violent stings in your stomach, have a feeling of a stone on the stomach and you may even get cramps or diarrhea.

If you ensure that you close properly, you are less susceptible to stomach and intestinal complaints. You can maintain a dominant stance in a similar situation by holding both hands at your sides while standing firmly on two legs. Another way to shut yourself off is to visualize yourself being protected by a shield or bubble. In this way, energies no longer enter easily, so that you can prevent yourself from taking over emotions that can cause intestinal complaints.

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