The gastrointestinal system and the immune system are particularly affected by stress.
We have also known for some time now that that the gastrointestinal tract affects the nervous system and the brain.
A certain type of white blood cells (called mast cells) are especially important, because they release many neurotransmitters and also pro-inflammatory cytokines when they receive stress signals (Konturek PC, et al. 2011).
This will then affect many functions of the gastrointestinal tract.
One of the things affected is the health of the bacterial flora. The bacterial flora is again affecting the nervous system and the brain, which may even affect your mood.
As we learn more about these connections, the gastrointestinal tract has been called the second brain.
There are many ways to treat gastrointestinal dysfunction since the severity and the symptoms can be many.
There are, however, certain things that almost always will make sense and be beneficial. One thing that could be very helpful is to develop more resistance to stress, I am sure you already guessed that, since stress has such far reaching effects. Another thing that can also be helpful is to take an effective probiotic formula to help reduce so-called bad bacteria and help the good ones.
A formula that reduces irritation of the mucosal membranes, and help reduce inflammation would also make sense and be helpful.
Konturek PC1, Brzozowski T, Konturek SJ. Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2011 Dec;62(6):591-9.
Be more stress resistant!
The probiotic formula with Saccharomyces boulardii has shown to exert an anti-inflammatory effect on intestinal epithelial cells (Sougioultzis S, et al. 2006).
Saccharomyces has shown to significantly reduce the frequency and duration of acute diarrhea in children (Billoo AG, et al. 2006. Kurugol Z, et al. 2005).
There is evidence that Saccharomyces reduces the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in children (Kotowska M, et al. 2005).
GI Health Formula
The GI Health Formula Incorporates ingredients found to have an anti-inflammatory activity without side effects. Traditionally used to treat symptoms of the gastrointestinal tract like heartburn, bloating, discomfort and a sensitive stomach.