Stress Might Be As Unhealthy For The Digestive System As Junk Food

You can choose the foods you eat, but you should also choose to have a lower-stress lifestyle if you wish to be healthy, finds a new study. Published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, researchers uncovered that when female mice were exposed to stress their gut microbia (the microorganisms vital to digestive and metabolic health) changed to look like the mice had been eating a high-fat diet. Other findings: male mice on high-fat diets showed more anxiety than female mice on high-fat diets; and high-fat males showed decreased activity in response to stress. However, just female mice experienced the shift in their gut microbia as a response to stress. Though this study was conducted on animals, researchers say there could be significant implications for humans. (EurekAlert!