It can be difficult to deal with, but there are ways to deal with anxiety. Practicing breathing exercises, taking beauty breaks, and cutting back on coffee are all great ways to feel better, but when all else fails, pickles might be the way to go.
Research shows that you need to eat this food to improve social anxiety.
Yes, pickles have been found to help when you’re nervous.
According to a study published in psychiatric researchfermented foods like pickles, and probiotics may help with social anxiety.
Matthew Hillimia, professor of psychology at W&M, said: “Probiotics found in fermented foods are likely to alter the intestinal environment, and changes in the gut influence social anxiety.” . “I think it’s really interesting that the microbes in your gut can affect your mind.”
This conclusion was drawn from the results of a survey of 700 university students.
Researchers designed a questionnaire that will be included in a comprehensive testing tool administered during the Fall 2014 introductory psychology course at a university. for the 700 students who participated. The questionnaire asked about fermented foods eaten in the past 30 days, how often they exercised, and their average fruit and vegetable intake. This was done to help researchers control healthy habits other than consuming fermented foods.
So what does that have to do with anything?
“The main finding was that those who consumed more fermented foods had reduced social anxiety, which was identified by neurotic interactions. The relationship was strongest among the more prone people,” said Hillimia.
Another finding from this study was that more exercise was associated with reduced social anxiety.
The researchers are happy to confirm their hypothesis about probiotics and anxiety, but the study is just the first step in continuing to explore the mind-gut connection.
What other fermented foods can you snack on before getting into a particularly nerve-wracking situation? Kimchi and sauerkraut have the same effect on humans.
These results point to a relationship between these types of foods and social anxiety, but the study is still not 100% positive that food is the cause. They want to investigate this issue further and advise people to add fermented foods to their regimen rather than cutting back on things like exercise.
Pickles are hard to come by, so this is good news. Pickles may replace SSRIs and medications if the link between fermented foods and anxiety is soon discovered. We can only hope.
Nicole Weaver is Senior Writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheets, whose work has been featured in New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, and more.