Nutrition Evidence Alert – November 2023 – Stress & Adrenals

Stress and the Adrenals 

From our Experts

Feed your microbes to deal with stress: a psychobiotic diet impacts microbial stability and perceived stress in a healthy adult population in Molecular Psychiatry. 2022. With Expert Review from Dr Kate Lawrence

Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum Reduces Perceived Psychological Stress in Healthy Adults: An Exploratory Clinical Trial in Nutrients. 2023. With Expert Review from Ana-Paula Agrela

Effect of aerobic exercise, slow deep breathing and mindfulness meditation on cortisol and glucose levels in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial in Frontiers in Physiology. 2023. With Expert Review from Kirsty Baxter

Effects of Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris YRC3780 daily intake on the HPA axis response to acute psychological stress in healthy Japanese men in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022. With Expert Review from Ana-Paula Agrela

The Window Matters: A Systematic Review of Time Restricted Eating Strategies in Relation to Cortisol and Melatonin Secretion in Nutrients. 2021. With Expert Review from Dr Michelle Barrow

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NED Talks

Join Nutrition Evidence Editorial Board member, Dr Kate Lawrence, as she discusses a 2022 systematic review on the association between ADHD and Coeliac Disease published in the journal Children.

Podcasts and Blogs

Dr Mark Hymen in conversation with Dr Isabella Wentz

Tired and Wired: How to deal with adrenal fatigue

Dr Ruscio

How chronic stress can impact your adrenals and thyroid 

Your Reference Library

For practitioners, researchers, policy makers and students with particular interest in this area, here’s our long list

Effects of Probiotics on Anxiety, Stress, Mood and Fitness of Badminton Players in Nutrients. 2021

A randomized trial of probiotic supplementation in nurses to reduce stress and viral illness in Scientific Reports. 2022

Effects of mental contrasting on sleep and associations with stress: A randomized controlled trial in Journal of Health Psychology. 2023

Sleep, Stress, and Symptoms Among People With Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic in The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2023

Effects of a Mediterranean Diet Intervention on Maternal Stress, Well-Being, and Sleep Quality throughout Gestation-The IMPACT-BCN Trial in Nutrients. 2023

Psychobiotic Lactobacillus plantarum JYLP-326 relieves anxiety, depression, and insomnia symptoms in test anxious college via modulating the gut microbiota and its metabolism in Frontiers in Immunology. 2023

Probiotic Mixture Containing Lactobacillus helveticus, Bifidobacterium longum and Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Affects Brain Responses to an Arithmetic Stress Task in Healthy Subjects: A Randomised Clinical Trial and Proof-of-Concept Study in Nutrients. 2022

Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-3690 decreases subjective academic stress in healthy adults: a randomized placebo-controlled trial in Gut Microbes. 2022

The Gut Microbiome in Early Life Stress: A Systematic Review in Nutrients. 2023

Improving stress management, anxiety, and mental well-being in medical students through an online Mindfulness-Based Intervention: a randomized study in Scientific Reports. 2023


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