Hans Selye, the father of stress research, stated in his book The Stress of Life, that “Microbes are around us – and in us all the time — yet cause no disease until we are exposed to stress.”  The question is — what is the cause of illness, microbes or stress?


Stress Impacts the Immune System

This we know for sure — chronic stress is a big problem physiologically for the body.  Chronic stress sets our bodies up for virtually all chronic diseases because it inhibits our immune system.  Under stress, the adrenal glands increase production of adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that prepare the body for fight or flight.  High levels of cortisol inhibit the immune system’s functioning.  Chronically high cortisol levels cause a thinning-out of the mucus membrane of the gut.


The Importance of Probiotics

Good probiotics can help reduce the effects of stress and help the body against stress-related diseases.  A recent research study by Dr. M. Messaoudi showed that probiotics can reduce GI tract disease.  Specifically, it showed that a combination of lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium infantis, and lactobacillus plantarum reduced intestinal injury incident from 43% to 20%.

At Fluid New York, we carry the best probiotic formulations available, made exclusively from human strain probiotic bacteria… and not from cow-derived bacteria that is most often found.


As always, please contact me if you have any questions.  And call us at (212) 88-9116 to make your next appointment!

Stay well,

Dr. Francis


(212) 888-9116


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