Did you know that when naturally fermented, pickles could be the answer to happiness? Pickles and other naturally fermented foods have the ability to relieve anxiety and thus produce a greater experience of joy, also known as the anxiolytic effect.
Neurosis and anxiety can be indirectly altered by consuming pickles and other fermented foods, such as sauerkraut. This effect was scientifically studied at the College of William and Mary, by researcher Matthew Hilimire.
His results showed a significant reduction in social anxiety and neuroticism, in individuals who ate fermented foods daily. Scientists have determined that a healthier stomach leads to a healthier brain. In fact, the boost in serotonin increases happiness, by promoting healthier thinking and reducing distorted anxiety-laden thinking.
Watch the video below for a fuller explanation of this fascinating link between fermented foods and their impact on our sense of well-being.