Relieve Your Anxiety by Eating a Pickle

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and a pickle a day will keep anxiety away. If you don’t like pickles, yogurt will do the trick. A bowl of sauerkraut or kimchi will work too.
Any fermented food is loaded with ‘good’ bacteria. When our gut is teaming with good bacteria, there is less of the stress hormone, cortisol, in our system. Less cortisol, less anxiety.
Pickles and other fermented foods cause the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) into our brain and that has the same effect on us as anti-anxiety medication. In other words, popping a pickle is the equivalent of popping a pill when it comes to relieving the feelings of anxiety, and the pickle has no side effects.
Fermented foods have been shown to increase the number of microbe bacteria in our digestive system. We normally have a few pounds of bacteria in our system, Deere says it’s typically slightly over 4 pounds in a person weighing 150 pounds, but more is always better.
The probiotics in fermented foods increase the good bacteria in our gut, and they in turn calm our nerves and provide several other health benefits. The fewer microbe bacteria floating around in our gut, the more likely we are to develop heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and allergies.

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