LECTURE

Gut-brain connection:

How stress & psyche influence microbiome and our gut health

Stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century (WHO)

The number of people affected by chronic psychological stress has increased dramatically in Germany over the last 10 years. As of 2018, every 2nd sick leave and inability to work is due to psychological causes . The consequence is not only a new, unpredictable form of an epidemic in society, but also exploding costs due to absenteeism from work and a high burden on the healthcare system.

Chronic stress affects all organs through its biochemical hormone cocktail. Especially digestion, the microbiome composition and the immune system suffer..

Due to the nervous as well as hormonal gut-brain connection, sufferers of chronic stress and depression often share the same symptoms with sufferers of functional digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease: emotional instability, chronic digestive problems and a hypersensitive gut nervous system.

The brain in our belly feels what our brain in our head thinks.

Can building a healthy microbiome treat both the effects of stress on the psyche and digestive disorders? Do probiotics help depression and anxiety? Can mindfulness based stress reduction techniques and relaxation help with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome?

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