How does the brain affect digestive diseases?

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The brain and the digestive system affect each other significantly. Enzyme secretion, intestinal contractions, and other aspects of the digestive process respond to a person's psychological state. Up to half of all people with digestive disease symptoms may have psychological factors influencing their digestion. This connection does not mean that the digestive problems in these cases are imaginary, only that they are influenced by the brain.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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