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Colds Feel Worse to Lonely People, Study Suggests

Loneliness is a state of being that no one wants to be in. But did you know that if you are feeling lonely, that certain illnesses such as colds can make you feel more under the weather than you actually are? As reported by The Guardian, a new study showed that feelings of severity of symptoms actually depended on how isolated from their social connections study subjects felt, rather than the actual symptoms themselves.

We’ve known for some time that there is a scientific, direct link between your brain and your immune function. As it turns out, it’s not only your immune system that has a direct line to your brain. Your gut, which is teeming with microbial life, also communicates with your brain, via what’s known as the “gut-brain axis.” In fact, it’s become so clear that some scientists have reported they need to change the textbooks on this new finding.

With that in mind, if you’re feeling a bit sad or lonely or just simply out of tune with the world, you may be able to influence how you feel by simply altering your gut bacteria. Consuming naturally fermented foods is one of the best ways to optimize your microbiome, which in turn may optimize the health of your brain.

Start by incorporating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, naturally fermented pickles, miso, tempeh and fermented dairy made from raw, unpasteurized grass-fed milk (yogurt, kefir). These probiotic foods will help heal, repopulate, and “re-educate” your gut. You may also want to consider a high-potency probiotic supplement, but realize that there is no substitute for the real food.
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