Social Anxiety and Fermented Foods

When hearing about social anxiety you probably think first about the mind and not the stomach. However, what is going on in our stomach is more important for our mental health than we think.

In a recent study researchers were investigating the connection between fermented foods, which contain probiotics and social anxiety. The main findings were that people who consumed fermented foods had indeed reduced social anxiety. Apparently microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.

It is well known that the enteric nervous system is in our gut and it is often referred to as our second brain. So can it be that a big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut?

Other Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

  • Aids digestion and improves bowel movement
  • Increases the absorption of nutrients
  • Facilitates weightloss
  • Increases immunity
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces risks of some cancers

 

Source:

Matthew R. Hilimire, Jordan E. DeVylder, Catherine A. Forestell. Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety: An interaction model. Psychiatry Research, 2015; 228 (2): 203 DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.023

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Alternative Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep

Keep in mind that the bedroom is a place for romance and relaxation.

  • Use Lavender essential oil. Sprinkle a few drops on a piece of tissue and put it under your pillow, make your own room spray by mixing it with water, or use an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Use organic cotton sheets and make sure to have a comfortable and inviting bed.
  • The bed should be solid and stable.
  • Avoid the color red. Soothing pale colors are appropriate.
  • No plants. Plants can drain the room of auspicious vibrations.
  • The bedroom shouldn’t be too warm but you shouldn’t be freezing as well. Try to keep the temperature around 65F or 19C.
  • Try Valerian, Chamomile or Lemon Balm Tea.
  • Clear the air. Don’t go to bed in the middle of an argument.
  • Clear the clutter. The bedroom should be a calm and relaxing environment.
  • Don’t work or watch TV in the bedroom.  Too many books can also be to stimulating.
  • Clocks and phones should be kept away from the bed as they provide too much electromagnetic stimulation.
  • Be in the present. Don’t worry about the past or future.

5 Health Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is a green or black tea drink that is fermented. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast,  also known as scoby.

 

Health Benefits OF Kombucha

 

The Benefits:

  1. Kombucha is immune boosting.
    It is high in antioxidants, which are great for the  immune system and increase  energy levels.
  2. It detoxifies and helps prevent a wide variety of diseases. Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention.
  3. It contains glucosamines, which help in preventing and treating all forms of arthritis.
  4. It supports a healthy gut.
  5. It prevents and heals stomach ulcers.

 

You are what you eat!

Is your body a colorful garden or a graveyard?

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Nothing is more important for our health than the food we eat. Ever heard the sentence: Let food be thy medicine. Well, it cannot be more true.

For our health, it is very important to have a connection with the food that we put into our body. Food is the fuel that keeps our bodies alive. Without the right food, we would not survive. However, what you put into your body can either nourish it or cause diseases. Therefore, it is important to know what belongs into your body and what not. Just because it maybe tastes good doesn’t mean it should be eaten.

If you think about it, it is very simple. If you have a body that is filled with chemicals, sugars, rotting corpses and fats and on the other hand a body that is filled with, vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits.Which one do you think is healthier?

Our basic instincts tend to choose the right foods for us. Unfortunately, in today’s society our basic instincts are manipulated by the media, commercials, traditions and prejudices.

Think about this: Who is putting most money into marketing and commercials? Fast food chains and soft drink companies of course. Ever seen a commercial for broccoli or kale? The reason behind this is because, nobody would touch those fast food products or soft drinks if they were not marketed in a way that makes them hip and trendy. In addition, all those products contain additives that make them addictive. So people literally cannot stop eating or drinking them. Their brain is manipulated. Remember those potato chips you could not stop eating? Well, that was intended that way in the first place.

So, it is important to free yourself from additives and brainwashing commercials. Doesn´t a fresh squeezed orange juice sound much better than for example:  Carbonated Water, Sugar, Orange Fruit from Concentrate , Citric Acid, Vegetable Concentrates ,Orange Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Malic Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Phenylalanine   —>the ingredients of Fanta.

The same goes for processed meats: What sounds better? Fresh strawberries or a combination of lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal skin, blood, liver and other edible slaughter by-products —> basic ingredients in a hot dog.

Don’t be fooled by nice packaging and commercials!

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