Stress: The Role It Plays In Your Digestive System
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Stress plays a major role in your life.
Some people work great under pressure, while other people do not.
However, you need to understand that exposure to stress for long periods of time could be detrimental to your health.
In fact, chronic stress could lead to a weakened immune system, loss of sleep, headaches, and other physical symptoms that could signal a problem in your body.
When it comes to the systems of your body, stress play a vital role in the health of your gastrointestinal system.
In fact, high stress situations has been shown to be the leading cause of irritable bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), peptic ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Stress also plays a vital role in the health of your gut bacteria.
Let me explain…
Stress and Your Gut
It has been shown that stress is a major disruptor in your body and the homeostasis of your cells, internal organs, and your overall body system.
However, stress has been shown to create both short and long term effects to your intestinal health which, as a result, could lead to a number of inflammatory conditions.
Stress has been shown to alter the brain-gut connection, which could create many unpleasant situations.
According to some research, when your body (specifically your gut mast cells), senses stress it may transform the stress signal into neurotransmitters and pro-inflammatory cytokines, therefore increasing inflammation.
The inflammation response that follows could lead to alterations in the way your intestines perform its job.
Stress has been shown to alter your gut health by:
• Altering gut movement
• Increasing visual perception
• Change gastrointestinal secretions
• Increase permeability
• Has negative effects on gut microflora (bacteria)
• And much more…
Stress has been shown to be the leading cause of IBS development in your body.
IBS, which is a very common condition that affects nearly one in every six people, has been shown to increase gas, bloating, abdominal pain, pressure, and cramping.
However, probiotics have been shown to be effective at reducing many symptoms associated with IBS, as well as conditions highlighted by stress.
Probiotics and Your Health
Probiotics, which are live, beneficial bacteria, have been shown to be effective at reducing alterations in your gut bacteria and may even improve your brain-gut interaction.
In fact, one study shows that probiotics, profoundly affects the brain-gut interaction and slows the development of stress-induced disorders in both the upper and lower intestinal tract.
In another study, the researchers showed that in order to reduce symptoms associated with IBS, fixing the altered state of gut bacteria is an important first step.
Furthermore, they also explain that probiotics may be beneficial in returning the health of altered gut bacteria to normal.
The Future of Probiotics
Stress, which is a major disruptor of normal cell homeostasis, has been shown to alter the health of your intestines and gut bacteria.
However, it has been shown in research, that probiotics may have the ability to replenish your gut bacteria levels, which could improve the health of your gastrointestinal system.
Probiotics, which are live bacteria, have been shown beneficial to the health of many of your body systems including, but not limited to, your immune system and gut bacteria.
Including probiotics into your daily nutrition plan through the use of probiotic rich yogurts, unfermented milk, and some probiotic supplement drinks, could be beneficial to your health and the health of your gastrointestinal system.
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