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« Social anxiety cured by fermented food? by Rachel Green »

Written by Rachel Green. Your smart emotions coach. Helping people turn uneasy emotions into positive outcomes. Director of The Emotional Intelligence Institute

Social anxiety cured by fermented food - surely not?

I am very interested in the role that food and the gut has on anxiety.

Does what you eat make any difference to how you feel?

I am sure it has an impact on me but I am still trying to work out exactly what my body-mind-gut-emotion connection is. Maybe if I eat too much sugar I am more likely to experience anxiety? I suspect so.

This article caught my eye. I had never thought about fermented foods affecting me, in fact I haven't given them any consideration at all, until now. Have you?

Yoghurt, tempeh, sauerkraut are examples.

The researchers found that young adults who eat more fermented foods have fewer social anxiety symptoms, with the effect being greatest among those at genetic risk for social anxiety disorder as measured by neuroticism.

The full article on social anxiety and fermented food is here:


The fermentation process promotes important bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria to flourish. This makes fermentation a rich source of probiotics.

There could be something in it? Interesting! What are your experiences?

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