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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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil – Why you should have it at home

Tea Tree essential oil is something you shouldn’t miss out on. It is one of nature’s most important antiseptics. It is also antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is used by the Aborigines for centuries.

It can be used for example on:

  • Burns
  • Insect Bites
  • Stings
  • Wounds
  • Skin infections
  • Athletes Foot
  • Cold Sores
  • Vaginal Yeast Infections
  • Acne
  • Warts

If you haven’t used tea tree essential oil before, make sure to dilute it first with water or a carrier oil. Test it on a small area on your body. Usually it is very skin friendly however we are all different and allergic reactions can occur. But one thing is for sure, it is much safer than any chemical treatments or drugs you can buy at the pharmacy.

Love,

Lori