The worst foods to eat while suffering from anxiety
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
If you have been diagnosed with anxiety, it is likely that you know there are plenty of things that can contribute to your symptoms. Your healthcare provider has likely offered you plenty of different options when it comes to how you can naturally help your personal symptoms from occurring so often. Many doctors will recommend a new exercise routine, while others will suggest that you try out mindfulness practices like meditation. One of the main ways people find that they can control their anxiety, however, is by avoiding certain foods. While some food you eat can help you to feel calmer, others can certainly act as a stimulant that makes your anxiety worsen. In this post, we are going to cover the most common foods that will lend to a person with anxiety having symptoms of their mental illness. Continue reading below to learn more.
One of the worst things you can ingest when you are someone who suffers from anxiety is caffeine. This stimulant is the main culprit for causing those who have anxiety to feel their symptoms. Sure, it may help you to get up and moving in the mornings, but what it doesn’t do is keep you from feeling that racing in your heart and mind that often come with anxiety and specifically with panic attacks. If you are a person with anxiety, you may find that too much coffee or even one cup can lead to a number of uncomfortable side effects like jitters, difficulty sleeping, dizziness and more. If you relate to this, it means you might want to lay off your daily cup of coffee.
If you think there is no way you can possibly give up coffee or caffeine altogether, you may at least want to consider cutting down on the amount of caffeine you drink. This is an especially great idea when you are already having a morning or day that is causing you to feel anxious. You may also want to try teas that are specially formulated to fight the symptoms of anxiety. Additionally, be sure that you are not ingesting caffeine in other forms like energy drinks, soda, and chocolate.
It may seem like common sense, but if there are things in your food that aren’t natural, chances are that they are not doing anything good for your body or your anxiety. Additives like sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and more are known to being linked to causing anxiety, and therefore should be avoided. Some of the most common culprits that contain these harmful additives are as follows:
Aspartame – Often found in gum, items claiming to be ‘sugar-free’, table sweeteners
High Fructose Corn Syrup – Often found in soda, salad dressings, junk foods, breads, juice, canned fruits
MSG – Often found in frozen foods, fast food, chips, salad dressings, beef jerky, snacks
While real sugar is certainly better for you than fake sugar, ingesting a lot of sugar is never a good idea for someone who experiences anxiety. While you can absolutely enjoy natural sugars like maple sugar and honey in moderation, we would suggest that to avoid eating any foods that contain sucrose, fructose, and other refined sugars. Not only can they make you feel sluggish and extra tired, but they can also cause a spike in your anxious feelings.
Nearly every person on the planet enjoys eating junk food from time to time. On the other hand, making sure that you are not indulging in these treats too often is a good idea for everyone, especially people who are trying to learn how to control their anxiety. Junk food contains an enormous amount of undesirable ingredients, all of which will not aid you in feeling better as you go throughout your day.
We know that it is very tempting to pour yourself a large glass of wine after a long tiring day. On the other hand, drinking alcohol could absolutely be contributing to the level of anxiety you are experiencing. Not only is alcohol a depressant but it is known to interfere with the body’s natural production of serotonin, as well as how we use it. If you want to be able to regulate your moods and not go through the difficulties that come with having drank alcohol the night before, you may want to try to regulate how much you are drinking.
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