In today’s competitive world we encounter stress particularly with our busy schedule. Stress can generally be outlined as the response of our body to a challenge like an environmental stimulus. The sympathetic nervous system of our body gets activated in presence of stress signals. In general, stress produces negative vibes that can affect the physical as well as mental wellness of an individual. Therefore, there is a need to control the stress and its related ill effects on our health. The probiotics have seemingly shown potentials to provide us relief during stressful conditions.
There are previous reports that suggest that alterations of the enteric microbiota experimentally can modulate the neural functions within the host which leads to changed cognitive and emotional responses on reaching adulthood. The first ever evidence for such association came from animal studies that compared the infected and germ free animals.
Although the experiment was carried out artificially, it clearly established that the change in gut microbes was involved with the disturbance of stress related developments. In that study carried out by the group of Yu, it was further found that the alteration of the stress related HPA-axis could only take place if the colonization of the bacteria occurred before the age of mice reached 6 weeks thereby suggesting an involvement with brain development that has potential longlasting effects. [Read more…]