Weight gain linked to stress–read more
When we think of obesity, we tend to blame junk food, but diet isn’t the only culprit when it comes to weight gain. A stressful lifestyle may be responsible for increases in obesity-linked gut microbes.
We all recognize that junk food is harmful to our health. I recall some friends many years ago referring to cola as “wallpaper remover” and probably for good reason. We all know that soda as well as other junk foods harm our gut health but new research demonstrates that stress can be just as damaging to our gut health as junk food.
In the study, published in the medical journal Nature, researchers found that stress had a significant effect on changing gut microbes among female animals but not on males. The researchers explored the connections between obesity, stress, mood disorders, and gut microbes. They found that the gut microbes of lean female animals changed when they experienced stress to more closely resemble the varieties and volumes of microbes in obese mice. The male animals did not experience the same effect from stress.
- Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 10776(2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11069-4
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