HAD A GUTSFUL
A first-of-its-kind study has taken a look at how arguments between spouses can affect the gut. Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center examined 43 married couples, aged 24 to 61 who had been wed for at least three years. Participants were asked to discuss a contentious topic in the relationship – in this case, in-laws and money – for 20 minutes. Couples that had a hostile fighting style, which included verbally criticising their partner or rolling their eyes, had higher levels of Lps-binding protein (LBP), a marker of leaky gut syndrome, compared to those who weren’t hostile. People with the highest levels of this protein also had significantly higher levels (almost 80 per cent) of C-reactive protein – a marker of inflammation – than those with the lowest levels of LBP.