Why do you feel sick when you're nervous?

Common symptoms of anxiety include; butterflies in your tummy, clamminess and nausea.

18th July 2011
Why do you feel sick when you're nervous? (iStock)

Asked by: Anonymous

It’s a consequence of the fight-or-flight response. Catecholamine hormones, including adrenaline, are released into the bloodstream to prepare the body for physical exertion. Part of this involves shutting down the digestive system and releasing stores of fat and glucose. The anxiety may also teach us to avoid potentially threatening situations.

 


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