New Study Reveals Link Between Chronic Stress and Inflammatory Gut Issues
Are you dealing with chronic stress? You’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is becoming a public health crisis. Unfortunately, chronic stress not only affects your mental health but also has physical effects, such as inflammatory gut issues.
A new study from the University of Michigan shows that chronic stress can lead to several gut issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study involved 60 people who were regularly experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms but had not been diagnosed with IBS or IBD. Half of the participants were put under chronic stress for a week, while the other half served as a control group.
Researchers found that those who were under chronic stress showed a significant increase in gut inflammation markers compared to the control group. Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel disease patients who participated in the study also showed a more severe response to stress than others. This proves that chronic stress can lead to more severe and debilitating gut issues.
The study discovered that chronic stress disrupts the gut and immune system’s communication. When you experience chronic stress, your body releases molecules called cytokines and chemokines that induce inflammation and disrupt the gut’s regulation. Stress also leads to the overproduction of the hormone cortisol, which can cause intestinal permeability, leading to inflammation in the gut.
It is already known that chronic stress leads to various health problems, including weight gain, depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular issues. Still, this study highlights that chronic stress also has severe implications on gut health. It also shows a clear link between mental health and physical health.
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Chronic stress can lead to gut inflammation, resulting in severe gut issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. A study conducted by the University of Michigan discovered that chronic stress disrupts the communication between the gut and immune system, causing inflammation. It highlights the importance of taking care of your mental health since it impacts your physical health. #HEALTH