These results show that consumption of fermented products containing probiotics can serve as a low-risk intervention to reduce social anxiety. – National Library of Medicine USA
It turns out that eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles and yoghurt can help alleviate certain types of anxiety along with general neuroticism. This development was discovered some time after scientists and other mental health experts found that the stomach can also play an important role in mental health.
In one study conducted by 700 students at William and Mary College, those who ate higher levels of fermented food had fewer symptoms of social anxiety. One professor explained this as follows: “It is likely that probiotics in fermented foods are beneficial to the environment, and changes in the intestines, in turn, affect social anxiety.
The biological link between the intestine and the brain has been around for a long time. In relation to anxiety, scientists believe that good bacteria in fermented foods increase the levels of the GABA-a neurotransmitter chemical that has an alarming effect on the body. In other words, good bacteria that accumulate in the intestines when eating fermented food can have a direct calming effect.
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