This is a frightening and unprecedented time, for all of us as the world is facing a pandemic. For many people, the uncertainty of what is going to happen next is the hardest thing to handle. We don’t know how us, our kids, our family members or anyone at this point will be impacted or how bad things might get. And that makes it all too easy to fall into an ocean of anxiety and stress. But there are many things you can do even in the face of this worldwide event to manage your anxiety and stress.
The harmful effects of the stress response otherwise known as the fight or flight response has a direct response on your microbiome and can weaken your gut’s intestinal lining, making you more susceptible to illness, exhaustion and nutritional deficiencies.
The gut-brain connection is real
The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication system between the gut microbiome and your brain.
The brain has a direct effect on the stomach and gastrointestinal (GI) system where it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Stress can literally make you feel sick to your stomach with a symptom being stomach aches.
Because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress or depression.
The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation can all trigger symptoms in the gut.
Stress can affect movement and contractions of the GI tract, make inflammation worse, make you more susceptible to infection and can also make the existing pain seem even worse.
Good bacteria keep stress at bay
Your gut is home to trillions of microbes that all work in harmony with your body’s cells to keep you functioning at your best.
A healthy gut contains a balance of 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria.
Without even being aware, your good bacteria could be being depleted by aspects of everyday life such as antibiotics, processed food and ongoing stress, to name a few.
Your gut bacteria produce important mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin (the “happiness” chemical) and help to lower cortisol (the “stress” hormone).
Recent studies have shown that consistent stress negatively affects the amount and diversity of your good gut flora and that a microbiome influenced by stress can lead to the type of inflammation that is linked to depression or anxiety.
When your good bacteria are weakened or damaged due to stress, the integrity of your gut lining can become compromised and this could manifest in a whole host of health issues.
Specific Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, key ingredients in MiBiotix Stress, are now being referred to as “psychobiotics” for their potential therapeutic benefits.
Psychobiotics work on the brain-gut axis to produce health benefits for people suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.
MIBIOTIX STRESS ST
MiBiotix Stress, taken once a day, is made up of Lactobacillus acidophilus Howaru, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis Howaru, Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium longum.
MiBiotix Stress maintains and replenishes your populations of beneficial bacteria impacted by stress and helps to reduce stress-related gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain.
MiBiotix Stress enhances the gut-brain connection, boosting mood, decreasing anxiety, easing depression and is safe to take every day.