Long-Term Stress is Worse Than a Bad Fast Food Diet

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We all get stressed, period. But did you know that long-term, chronic stress can actually have similar effects on our bodies as a junk food diet?

And this have a bigger effect on women. It’s no secret that living on high-fat burgers and fries is super bad for us – particularly our stomachs.

The micro bacteria in your stomach will change as a response to such unhealthy amounts of fat. This typically results in a much higher risk of developing conditions like heart disease and diabetes.


So what’s stress got to do with it?

Recent biological research has shown that, when exposed to stress over a long period of time, there were shocking gender differences. Females were shown to suffer unhealthy micro bacterial changes in their stomachs as a result of this stress – resembling the exact same changes that occur when eating an extremely high-fat diet.

And the weirdest part? Males didn’t!

The Study

This particular example of pioneering research was conducted on a large sample of mice, both males and females being exposed to the exact same levels of stressful stimuli over a period of weeks.

But, whilst this research didn’t involve humans for strong ethical reasons, this certainly doesn’t mean the results can’t be applied to us too.

It’s not unusual for long-term stress to cause stomach upset, but this research strongly suggests we need to take these extreme results into account when trying to cope with certain stresses – especially women.

What’s the Solution?

One of the best methods of reducing harmful, stress-induced stomach effects is to look for natural remedies proven to reduce the stresses themselves. Both anxiety and depression are two of the most common stresses women face, with exercise being one of the most natural and effective ways to help.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress and don’t know what to do, simply going for a run will not only contribute to alleviating anxiety symptoms the natural way, but may also keep your stomach healthy too!