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
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