Stress can mess with the make up of the bacteria in your gut.
A new study out of BYU and published in “Scientific Reports,” showed that stress causes harmful affects in mice and it translates to humans. Male mice showed higher anxiety and less activity when given stresses. Females actually had the gut microbials change to make it seem they were on a high fat diet.
Lead scientist Laura Bridgewater notes "This study suggests that a possible source of the gender discrepancy may be the different ways gut microbiota responds to stress in males vs. females."
She wants to emphasize that stress doesn’t only affect you psychologically but physically as well.
Source: Science Daily