A study conducted at Ohio State University has uncovered another batch of information regarding how stress can adversely affect our bodies. According to researchers, high stress can alter the levels of bacteria that live naturally in our intestines and immune systems. Bacterial communities were shown to decrease and greater numbers of harmful bacteria began to appear.
“These changes can have profound implications for physiological function,” said lead researcher Michael Baily. “When we reduced the number of bacteria in the intestines using antibiotics…effects of stress on the immune system were prevented. This suggests that not only does stress change the bacteria levels in the gut, but that these alterations can, in turn, impact our immunity.”
Gut bacteria has been linked to diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. The study’s future goals include whether these levels can be definitively linked to a person’s stress level.
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