The connection between your gut and your mind is undeniable. You’ve probably heard the classic expression, “Trust your Gut.” Of course, typically it refers to listening to that instinct or voice in your head that can influence decisions you make. Or that feeling of getting “butterflies” in your stomach when something makes you nervous. We use these expressions for a reason, but most of us don’t take them literally. However, if you are consistently experiencing stomach issues, it might be time to listen to your body and talk to your doctor to determine if you may have a gastrointestinal disorder such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI.
EPI occurs when the body doesn’t have the right amount of pancreatic enzymes to properly break down food. Some EPI symptoms are similar to those of other more well-known conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis.