Increased antigen and bacterial uptake in follicle associated epithelium induced by chronic psychological stress in rats
Okay, so we’re not all rats. But this does suggest, and common sense will tell you, that chronic stress can have some serious, negative, long term side effects.
In this study, the altered GI permeability will result in stuff getting past the GI tract into the body that should never get in. Now the immune system and liver have to deal with these invaders, and many times the liver is already overloaded from our chemical-laden lifestyles.
Gut — Abstracts: Velin et al. 53 (4): 494 –