You Asked ... Can Food Affect Stress?

The brain’s connection to the belly is no joke.
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Just as calming your mind can help you fight stress, eating certain foods can slow the negative mind-gut loop that can keep you anxious. Settle yourself down with these picks.

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Fermented Foods

Adding things like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and pickles to your diet can boost the number of good live bacteria, or probiotics, in your gut, which studies have shown help reduce anxiety. Look for labels that say “naturally fermented” to ensure efficacy.

Prebiotic Fiber

Probiotics feed on prebiotics, a kind of indigestible fiber. Research suggests upping prebiotic-fiber intake with foods like oats, garlic, asparagus, and onions can help probiotics multiply and thrive. So when life is stressful, get your gut on your side by adding prebiotics to your plate.