We all know that fermented foods are good for gut health, but a new study has shown that they may also help to lower stress levels. The study, which was carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Colorado, found that rats who were fed a diet rich in fermentation products and soluble fibre had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who were not.
The findings, which were published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, suggest that fermented foods and fibre could be beneficial for people who are struggling with stress. In particular, the fermented foods and fibre may help to buffer the body against the negative effects of stress.
While the study was carried out on rats, the researchers believe that the findings could also apply to humans. So, if you’re feeling stressed, it may be worth reaching for some fermented foods and soluble fibre to help lower your cortisol levels.
According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, consuming fermented foods and fibre may help to lower stress levels.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Maryland in the US, looked at the impact of diet on stress levels in mice.
The researchers found that a diet rich in fermented foods and fibre was associated with lower stress levels in the mice.
In addition, the study found that the benefits of a fermented food and fibre-rich diet were more pronounced in female mice than in male mice.
“Our findings suggest that dietary intervention with fermented foods and fibre may be a promising strategy to alleviate stress and improve health,” said study senior author Dr. Sarah Johnson.
The study’s results are in line with previous research that has shown that fermented foods can have a positive impact on gut health.
“The benefits of fermented foods on gut health are well-established, but their effects on stress and behaviour are less clear,” said Dr. Johnson.
“Our study provides novel evidence that consuming a diet rich in fermented foods and fibre can reduce stress and improve health.”
The study’s findings add to the growing body of evidence suggesting that the food we eat has a direct impact on our mental health.
If you’re looking to reduce your stress levels, adding more fermented foods and fibre to your diet may be a good place to start.