Why People With Anxiety May Want To Order Extra Pickles

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Anxiety can be tough to deal with, but there are ways to get through it. Breathing exercises, spa retreats, staying away from caffeine and alcohol—those are all great ways to feel better. But if all else fails, maybe you should eat a pickle. 

Yup, pickles have a way of easing our anxiety. It's true—science says so. 

This conclusion came from a study on 700 students who completed a questionnaire giving their consumption of fermented foods, their exercise frequency, and the average consumption of fruits and vegetables. The students who ate more fermented foods (such as pickles) had less social anxiety. 

How? It's because of the probiotics (healthy bacteria) that ferments the food. The psychologists that ran the study believe that it's likely that the probiotics in the fermented foods are positively changing the environment in the gut, and the changes in the gut in turn ease social anxiety. 

I love pickles, so I'm excited about this. But if you aren't a big pickle fan, adding other fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and kombucha to your diet is another way to ease your anxiety.