Stress: How social conflict alters gut bacteria

We now know that our brains and guts influence each other — although many of the ways in which they are interlinked remain mysterious. A new study explores how stress related to conflict impacts gut bacteria, asking: is there a difference between how “winners” vs. “losers” are affected?

In a new study, scientists look at social competitiveness to understand how stress changes the gut microbiota.
Research has shown that exposure to stress can affect our bodies in myriad ways, and that this can impact everything from the health of our hearts to that of our guts.
In fact, studies have even discovered that mood disorders are often linked with gastrointestinal discomfort, among other physical symptoms.

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