Learn why anxiety causes nausea

Phil Mitchell MD, MS
Medically reviewed by Phil Mitchell MD, MS

Can anxiety cause nausea?

Anxiety can cause nausea and other digestive problems. While you may think of anxiety as a mental condition, it affects your physical body, too.

Your brain and gut have a close connection known as the gut-brain axis. When you experience anxiety, your brain sends out hormones to protect you from danger. These hormones also go to your digestive system and change your gut’s natural balance, or microbiome. This imbalance in your gut can make you feel nauseous.

The medical professionals at DispatchHealth treat nausea and vomiting in people of all ages. Our nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical technicians come to you. We provide expert medical care in your home, so you don’t have to travel.