The mind-gut relationship is fascinating. According to new research, there’s a possible connection between social anxiety symptoms in young adults and fermented foods containing probiotics, which serve to boost good gut bacteria and reduce inflammation. So if you’re neurotic and socially awkward, maybe you should start putting kimchi in your quesadillas and sauerkraut on your sandwiches.
Study author Matthew Hilimire, a psychology professor at the College of William & Mary, explains,
He continues, “I think that it is absolutely fascinating that the microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.”
Mind-altering pickles? (Photo: Erin Mosbaugh)
Seven-hundred college students participated in the study, which was conducted by professors at William & Mary College and the University of Maryland.