If you’ve ever found yourself pouring the crumbs from a bag of potato chips down your throat after a particularly stressful day, you know that emotions can affect what you eat.
But did you know that what you eat could also mess with your emotions, exacerbating anxiety and leaving you feeling on edge, worried, and unable to concentrate?
While food may not be the main cause of these feelings, it can certainly affect their severity and how often they occur.
Anxiety has become extremely popular today, and anxiety medications multiply the issues. However, you may be able to eliminate your anxiety from the source – your food!
“Anxiety can be caused by inadequate brain levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA, which help reduce the influence of stress hormones, as well as excessive excitatory hormones such as glutamate and epinephrine, which can cause an anxiety and stress response.”
Your diet has everything to do with the way you feel. A poor diet is awful for your body in so many different ways, and it might even be causing your anxiety disorder. A balanced diet made of whole foods can lead to great health, but a poor diet can make you feel depressed and anxious all the time.
Here are the foods you need to avoid to relieve your anxiety:
Sugar is pretty much bad for all parts of your body, even your mind. Sugar is prevalent in processed foods, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and all fast food. It has the ability to raise blood glucose and makes the brain not operate correctly. Diets high in sugar have been linked to anxiety and even depression.
You might be able to say that artificial sweeteners are just as bad as their rival, sugar. You might think they are healthier options than sugar, but this is indeed wrong. Calorie free artificial sweeteners block the production of serotonin, a well known ‘feel good’ chemical in your brain. This easily results in moodiness, anxiety, and insomnia.
We are all guilty of eating too much fast food. It’s so convenient that we often forget that it’s poison to our bodies. A simple occasional fast food treat isn’t necessarily going to cause your anxiety, but eating fast food on a regular basis can seriously increase your risk for anxiety disorders. There have been multiple studies that confirmed a fast food link to anxiety disorders and depression.
Canned soups are horrible for your mood, no matter how many people believe Campbell’s chicken noodle soup is a feel good food! They are super high in sodium and Bisphenol A (BPA) lines the can and poisons the soup. Both of these have been linked to high anxiety in multiple different studies. BPA can unbalance your mood stabilizing neurotransmitters.
Coffee and Caffeine
Coffee might serve as the perfect wake-me-up for some people, but other people experience increased anxiety. Caffeinated drinks have been shown to inhibit levels of serotonin to the brain, causing depression or anxiety. Anxiety is a major side effect of suppressed serotonin.
It’s no shock that alcohol can cause a major increase in anxiety. It is a depressant of the central nervous system, which controls and processes emotions. CNS depressants are known to result in depression and anxiety.