Don’t be a stressed squirrel

What can the microbiome of stressed squirrels tell us about our own health? Credit: Ryan Taylor, University of Guelph
What can the microbiome of stressed squirrels tell us about our own health? Credit: Ryan Taylor, University of Guelph

It’s weird how biology can match up between species. Case in point: stressed out red squirrels have been shown to have unhealthy microbiomes compared to their more laid back fellows.

And this has implications for human health as well, since all living things have communities of micro-organisms living on their skin and in their guts…even humans.

Of course, we can take probiotics to help, but wouldn’t it be easier to just find other ways to de-stress? For me that means getting covered in paint or kitchen juice. But that’s just me.

You can read more about this interesting research here.

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