Stress!! a big weight loss obstacle, let your stomach help you

When it comes to everyday living in today’s modern world, stress has become a constant companion.

Whether it’s financial stress, work, family, heavy traffic (etc)!!! your body is constantly exposed to it and it’s not healthy for you.

That’s why finding as many different ways to relax is important.

Recent research suggests that ingesting ‘friendly’ bacteria could help reduce anxiety. For example, one study, published in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility, found that giving a probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 to mice with infectious colitis helped reduce their anxious behaviour.

A study published in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility explained how the stomach can affect the brain, and consquently your mood. Researchers believe the probiotics somehow affect your brain’s GABA levels to help create the anxiety-relieving effects. (GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that can help you relax and de-stress.)

They also think that the primary way your stomach and your brain communicate is via the vagus nerve. Your digestive health can play a very real and important role in maintaining your sense of well-being, lowering your overall stress levels, and determining how you feel.

You can supplement by going to your local health food store and picking up some “good” bacteria.

More research needs to be done, but science has also recently discovered that your stomach in fact has a “brain” of its own. In fact, your enteric nervous system (the nervous system networked throughout your stomach and intestines) contains some 100 million neurons – more than is found in the spinal cord or in the peripheral nervous system.

This second “brain” in your gut can control digestive behaviour independently of the brain. And it’s this second brain that could also be responsible for changing your mood and alleviating stress.

Its always important to incorporate a correct training routine designed for you and a healthy diet so you can stay stress-free!

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