5 Things You Didn't Know Stress Was Doing to Your Body

There are two common physical side effects to stress that most people know about: weight gain (especially in the mid-section) and insomnia. When you're stressed, you crave more, you consume more calories, and your body actually produces hormones that make you hold onto fat more. And when you're stressed, your sleep quality suffers, as your body pumps adrenaline and high-alert hormones through your system that make it difficult to unwind and relax. But there are some lesser-known—and pretty surprising—things stress does to your body that you should know about. Keep scrolling to see what they are.