Stress & Your Gut

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: What does stress do to your gut?
Air Date: 8/19/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD
Dr. Emeran MayerDr. Emeran Mayer received is MD/PhD degree from the Ludwig Maximilian'’s University in Munich, Germany, did his residency at the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, and his GI fellowship training at the UCLA/VA Wadsworth Training Program.

Dr. Mayer has a career long interest in clinical and research aspects of brain body interactions, with a longstanding focus on brain gut interactions in health and disease. Besides being a widely recognized expert for functional GI disorders, he is also recognized as one of the leading investigators in the world of chronic visceral pain and of the brain gut axis. He has published 210 original manuscripts in the leading GI and Neuroscience journals, 95 book chapters and reviews, and has co-edited three books.

He is the director of the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1989. He is currently PI of a NIH Center grant on sex differences in functional GI disorders, on a consortium grant of brain bladder interactions, and a RO1 grant on brain imaging in IBS. Dr. Mayer is a regular member of the NIDDK CIMG study section, has been president of the Functional Brain Gut group, and Associate Editor of Gastroenterology.
Stress & Your Gut
The environment of your gut microbiome is affected by stress. The microbes get multiple signals from the brain to let them know when you're being pushed past your limit.

If you eat a particular food when you’re stressed or angry, your body will process it differently from when you are calm or happy.

Eat foods that are kind to your gut lining. A one-time “fix” of a probiotic or some yogurt won’t heal your gut. You have to change your habits in a long-term fashion.

A largely plant-based diet helps with microbe diversity in the gut. Reducing sugar consumption will starve the bad bacteria in your body.

Find ways to reduce your stress and control your emotion. Meditation helps.

Listen in as Dr. Emeran Mayer joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how you can reduce stress and help your gut.