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Why Do We Feel Emotions In Our Stomachs?

If you’ve ever been nervous or stressed, you might have experienced a weird feeling in your stomach. Why do we feel so many emotions in our stomachs? Laci did some digging to figure out what connects our brains and our gut.

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