Stress and The Gut Microbiome

Everyone experiences stress, but unfortunately, women experience significantly higher levels of stress than men, with over 50% of women reporting an increase in their stress levels over the past five years (compared to 39% of men).

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It’s well accepted with>in the medical community that stress impacts every part of one’s body. While it’s no surprise that stress affects one’s mental health, most people are surprised to learn how strongly stress can alter one’s gut microbiome, especially a female’s.

In both genders, bloating and changes in sperm motility are positively correlated with chronic stress (stress that’s extended or recurrent). Additionally, stress activates the immune system, and 70% of immune cells are located within one’s gut. When we are stressed, these immune cells essentially tell the brain our body is under attack, and inflammation results.

Why Are Women More Likely to Experience GI Stress


Before even taking the fact that women experience higher levels of stress than men, there are several biological differences between women and men that result in women being more likely to experience GI distress.

One of these sex-based differences is in the way the gut and brain communicate (along the gut-brain axis).

Studies have found that food moves more slowly through a woman's digestive tract than a man’s. Slower digestion speeds often result in bloating, cramps, and even worse, the proliferation/growth of “bad” bacteria in the gut.

How Digbi Health Improves the Gut Microbiome


Digbi Health is the first and only company to use one’s gender, genetics, and lifestyle to develop personalized lifestyle plans. Digbi Health analyzes the bacteria present in each person’s gut, and then personal coaches develop personalized meal plans, suggesting small but impactful changes that can greatly improve one’s gut health.

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