Fermented foods can make you feel less stressed, study reveals
Beer is food, beer is fermented. So, obviously.
Kombucha, kimchi and kefir are all known for their physical benefits but now researchers have found that they also benefit a person’s mental health.
Scientists from University College Cork in Ireland recruited 45 adults and split them into two groups. Around half received a month-long “psychobiotic” diet, which is designed specifically to invigorate a person’s gut bacteria, known as the microbiome, and included two or three servings a day of fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi.
This diet also includes up to eight servings daily of fruits and vegetables high in prebiotic fibres (such as onions, leeks, cabbage, apples, bananas and oats) as well as up to eight portions of grains a day and four servings of legumes per week.
8 servings of veg a day, 8 of grains a day, 3 of fermented a day. The gut biomes got better because they exploded, right?