These results suggest that consumption of fermented foods that contain probiotics may serve as a low-risk intervention for reducing social anxiety. – US National Library of Medicine
Sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, and other fermented foods help you relieve the symptoms of anxiety and general neuroticism. This was confirmed by several scientists and health experts. They believe that the stomach has an important role in the mental health.
In a study based on 700 students at the College of William and Mary, those who consumed a lot of fermented foods marked less social anxiety symptoms. “It is likely that the probiotics in the fermented foods are favorable changing the environment in the guy, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety,” one professor explained.
Scientists have long talked about the biological link between the guts and the brain. When it comes to anxiety, scientists say that friendly bacteria in fermented foods lower the level of a chemical called GABA. It is a neurotransmitter that provides an anti-anxiety effect. Friendly bacteria accumulates in the intestines and have a direct sedative and anti-anxiety effect.
The ecosystem in the intestines is different in everyone. It is hard to predict the amount of pickles that will provide a sedative effect. It is also hard to predict the level of “anti-anxiety” effect provided by these foods.
“Giving these animals these probiotics increased GABA, so it’s almost like giving them these drugs but it’s their own bodies producing GABA. So your own body is increasing this neurotransmitter that reduces anxiety,” Dr. Matthey Hilimire, a professor of Psychology at William and Mary said.
Scientists have studied this effect on animals. Some studies have confirmed the link between probiotics and depression/anxiety. The manipulation of fermented foods has a direct effect on personality and social anxiety.
The group of scientists also confirm the link between GABA level in the brain and lower permeability and inflammation of the intestine. They discovered the lessening of negative gut reactions and consumption of fermented food.
“The fermented foods so often included in traditional dietary practices have the potential to influence brain health by virtue of the microbial action that has been applied to the food or beverage, and by the ways in which the fermented food or beverage directly influences our own microbiota…this could manifest behaviorally…” researchers note on the connection between the gut and brain.
The number of neurons in your gut is the same number of neurons in your spinal cord. This neuronal arrangement in your gut is called the enteric nervous system or your “second brain.” Your gut is able to react without communicating with your brain thanks to these neuronal firings.
The bacteria in your gut (microbiome) is affected by your age, genetic code, stress, and environment. The microbiome can communicate with your Central Nervous System (CNS) and influence your behavioral traits.
Probiotics can also lower the levels of cortisol, and make you pay less attention to negative information and more to the positive one.
In other words, your favorite pickles trigger a gut reaction that relieves stress and anxiety. Your gut has a “mind of its own,” and one that has the ability to influence your thoughts and behavior. Eating healthy will help you feel better, too.
Source: Power Of Positivity