Keep Stress at Bay, Keep Your Body Functioning at its Peak

Stress may affect you at a microscopic level, according to new research.  This recent study reveals that exposure to a stressor can significantly change the community of microbiota living in your body. What are microbiota exactly? They are microorganisms that live on the surface and in deep layers of skin, in the saliva and mucous membranes, in the eyes and in the gastrointestinal tracts. While scientists still aren’t certain of the overall impact these changes will have on your body, stress is never a good thing. Stress can even lead to obesity as it makes us produce more ghrelin, a hormone that spreads in the stomach. While ghrelin helps to lower stress, it simultaneously triggers a shift in appetite toward more calorie-rich foods.  So while stress is, for many, a normal part of life, reducing stress as well as your waistline is a good idea. 

If you feel that stress is becoming such a large issue that it is affecting your day-to-day life, there are many that will offer advice, counseling and meetings.  Failing all of the above; remember that you can always try to spit your stress away.

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