Reducing and managing Stress
Posted on27 Sep 2021
With the current covid situations, changes to lives are being made so quickly and abruptly. From work from home, to home based learning, to increase in workloads and micro management styles. These has added alot of stress and anxiety to people.
Recently research has demonstrated probiotics’ strong link to the gut microbiota, promoting brain health and reducing stress via the microbiota-gut-brain axis. A complex bi-directional communication pathway, the microbiota-gut-brain axis is essential for maintaining stability in the gastrointestinal, central nervous and microbial systems.
The common phrases of "i have butterflies in my stomach or it is gut wrenching" - it all refers to the stomach or gut.
The gut microbiota produces neuroactive compounds, which signal directly to the brain or indirectly through the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS is a network of nerves located within the gut at the interface between the microbiota, vagus nerve—which transmits sensory information from the gut to the brain—and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, the body’s central stress response system.
Signals along the microbiota-gut-brain axis can influence brain function and even behavior. While stress is a normal, biological response, prolonged stress can lead to persistent activation of the stress response system, including the HPA axis.
Stress hormones, such as cortisol, can alter microbiota composition over time, leading to detrimental effects on physical and cognitive health. Fortunately, prolonged research has shown that orally ingested probiotics can reach the gut, bolster populations of healthy bacteria, and improve physical and cognitive health.
Probiotics, especially lactobacillus strains were found to have a greater reduction in perceived stress.
Studies have found that probiotics have a certain role in alleviating negative emotions, reducing abnormal behaviors, improving cognitive function, and also showing the great potential of probiotics in relieving psychological stress. As we are concerned, excessive stress is threatening our physical and mental health and triggering more and more public health problems. As an important type of “good microbes,” probiotics show good prospects in relieving stress and preventing stress-related health problems.