This Is What Happens To Your Brain If You Eat One Pickle a Day For a Month!

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I love a good sour pickle, but had no idea that when naturally fermented, pickles could be the answer to HAPPINESS!  This has nothing to do with the enjoyment one gets from their taste; pickles, like other naturally fermented foods actually have the ability to relieve anxiety and thus produce greater experience of joy.  This is known as the “anxiolytic effect.”

Reported by “Smithsonian Magazine”, 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.  This “anxiolytic effect” was published in the “National Center for Biotechnology Information.”

The video you are about to watch below, does a fantastic job of explaining this phenomenon.  It turns out that the stomach is actually a “second brain!”  You may have heard that people who suffer from depression and benefit from anti-depressants, do so because their “serotonin” (which has been depleted) gets replenished.

Amazingly, 90% of the serotonin in our bodies is found in the stomach.  Fermented foods have a positive effect on our digestive system due to their richness in probiotics, which in turn increases our serotonin!

It has been determined by scientists that a healthier stomach leads to a healthier brain.  This occurs because of the boost in serotonin which increases happiness, by promoting healthier thinking and reducing distorted anxiety-laden thinking.

For a fuller explanation of this wonderful link between pickles and fermented foods and their impact on our sense of well-being, enjoy the following video.

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The Humans In This Car Feed This Cow A Pickle. How He Reacts I Can’t Stop Laughing!

Okay, get ready to laugh hysterically and be slightly grossed out.  This wacky cow has an unusual affinity for pickles!  I’m not quite sure where these people were parked enjoying their lunch in their car, when an unexpected guest entered through the passenger window. A giant cow enter stage left, humans prepare for some warm cow breath!

This hilarious heifer sticks her head in the window where the woman is enjoying her pickle, which she gladly shared with the cow.  She wasn’t quite prepared by his demonstrative manner of displaying his gratitude. This cow was very thankful but it may need some table manner training and some southern hospitality!

Out popped the longest tongue to slobber all over the woman in thanks for the pickle.  I’m not sure if he was thanking her or licking the pickle juice off her face.  The hilarity ensued as that tongue kept coming back for more.  He must have really had a craving for salt.  This video is absolutely hysterical. It totally made my day! Enjoy!

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating a Pickle a Day According To a New Study

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Pickle lovers everywhere can rejoice and dive deep into a jar of the yummy, salty, sour tasting cucumbers because it turns out that they’re better for us than previously thought! It’s not only pickles that do a body good, but all fermented foods and drinks can boost our health. So the next time you get a craving for something crisp and salty, snack on a few pickles and improve your social life in the process.

You’re probably wondering exactly how can a pickle make my life better and the explanation to that end can be found in a number of relatively new studies that have come out in recent years. In one study, completed by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, hard evidence was found that the bacteria living in our digestive systems is directly linked to our brain chemistry and behavior. That means the trillions of bacteria in our guts can have a noticeable effect on our mental health and wellness.

Furthermore, researchers at the College of William and Mary found that young adults who ate a diet rich in fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, other pickled veggies, kefir, kombucha and more, experienced lower levels of social anxiety than those who did not eat fermented foods. According to Matthew Hilimire, an assistant professor in the department of psychology who co-authored the William and Mary study, the fermented foods had an “anxiolytic effect” on subjects, which in layman’s terms means that they reduced anxiety.

The findings of these two studies can be linked because fermented foods are a major source of probiotics, which help stimulate the growth of healthy, beneficial bacteria in our intestines. That means pickles and other types of fermented foods can work wonders at balancing the bacteria found in our digestive systems. In turn, this can have a profound impact on our overall mood and state of mind because we now know that our gut health is essential to our overall mental health and wellness.

The brain-gut link boils down to this basic premise; a healthy stomach and brain leads to mood stability and therefore less anxiety, depression, and irritability. By simply eating more fermented foods you can positively boost your mental health and improve your social life. You’re less likely to feel so shy, self-conscious, embarrassed, or anxious around others, and that can only be a good thing.

The research into fermented foods is ongoing and scientists are looking at alternative ways to help treat anxiety disorders by ways other than medication. Perhaps in the future we will pop a pickle instead of a pill and that’s awesome!

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