People who are particularly neurotic may benefit from this group of common foods — plus exercise.
People who eat more fermented foods have lower social anxiety, a new study finds.
The benefit is particularly noticeable amongst people who are highly neurotic.
Neurotic people are prone to anxiety.
Fermented foods that are a regular part of the Western diet include milk, cheese, yogurt and bread.
They typically contain probiotics, which are likely behind the benefit.
Professor Matthew Hilimire, one of the study’s authors, said:
“It is likely that the probiotics in the fermented foods are favorably changing the environment in the gut, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety.
I think that it is absolutely fascinating that the microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.”
The study asked around 700 young adults to keep track of what they ate over a month.
The researchers controlled for how…
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