Foods To Avoid If You Have Anxiety
by foods to avoid if you have anxiety the Canadian Mental Health Association defines anxiety as a mental illness that seriously impacts our lives in how we think feel and act for example they explained that a panic attack which is a type of anxiety episode is a feeling of sudden and intense fear that will last for a short period of time with that said there are certain types of foods and drinks that can trigger or contribute to anxiety and depression in this Article you will find the top foods to avoid if you have anxiety.
Number one : vesti now keep watching for five foods you should absolutely avoid if you have anxiety number five caffeine most people are aware that caffeine is mostly present in coffee energy drinks teas and chocolate dietitians of Canada explain that caffeine excites the nervous system and has the ability to improve alertness for short periods of time keeping that in mind the Canadian Mental Health Association states that when someone is suffering from anxiety specifically panic attacks.
They can experience a racing heart or shortness of breath roland griffiths a professor in the department’s of psychiatry and neuroscience told LIVESTRONG in an interview that caffeine can trigger and even worse an anxiety and panic disorders because it can cause jitters irregular heartbeats nervousness and headaches to back up a statement the National Institute of Mental Health recommends that people who are suffering from anxiety disorders should avoid caffeine in addition psychologist Norman B Smith PhD told LIVESTRONG in an interview if you tend to be a high-strung anxious person using high doses of caffeine can be risky.
Number two : alcohol the American addiction centers explained that some individuals will resort to alcohol consumption in order to try to deal with anxiety people might assume because alcohol is a depressant and often has a sedative effect on people it could be used to unwind but the National Center for Biotechnology information explains that using alcohol to help reduce anxiety will often backfire on people in fact they also mentioned that prolonged alcohol consumption.
Can actually cause anxiety in addition the anxiety and depression Association of America states that around 15 million US adults or 7% of the population have a social anxiety disorder in any given year they also mentioned that about 20% of people with social anxiety also suffer from alcohol abuse so if you’re suffering from social anxiety it is best to stay away from alcohol unless you are confident and you consume it in moderation interesting stuff right well did you know that there are also certain types of foods you can eat that can help your anxiety make sure you stick around until the very end to find out what those foods are.
Number three : sugar according to dr. William Cole senior clinical director of coal natural health centers current research has found that high levels of serotonin can make anxiety worse sugar is one of the main sources that can raise levels of serotonin a study that is published in the journal JMA psychiatry was conducted to see if there was any association between serotonin synthesis and social anxiety disorder for the study 18 patients with social anxiety disorder underwent PET imaging along with 19 healthy controlled participants PET imaging is a nuclear technology that allows you to see the metabolic processes in your body results showed that there were an increase in serotonin levels in the patients suffering from social anxiety disorder.
Number four : trans fats trans fat which is also known as hydrogenated fat is considered one of the worst foods for your diet but what many people don’t know is it’s also bad for your moods according to a study published in the PLoS trans fat is associated with an increased risk of depression Spanish researchers followed over 12,000 Spanish university graduates who had no depression symptoms for a total of six years they monitored their intakes of various types of fat and their occurrence of depression researchers found a substantial relative increment 48 percent in depression risk among the highest category of intake research has added that one of the reasons trans fats could increase depression symptoms is because of inflammation and altered functioning of the endothelial cells which line the blood cells.
Number five : gluten celiac disease which is an immune mediated disease dependent on gluten was reported to be associated with depression and other related mood disorders
to a study published on PubMed another study mentioned on PubMed found that the elderly population that was gluten sensitive were twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression when they were compared to the controlled group now that you know the foods you should avoid eating if you suffer from anxiety here are some foods.
That doctors recommend you eat to help reduce your anxiety fatty fish according to medical news today fatty fish like salmon mackerel trout sardines and herring are extremely high in omega-3 which is known to have a strong connection to cognitive functioning as well as overall mental health a study published in the Journal of Clinical medicine found that supplementation with foods rich in omega-3 can help reduce levels of anxiety foods high in vitamin D medical news today states that vitamin D deficiency is increasingly linked to mood disorders like depression.
Anxiety and seasonal disaffected disorder si D studies suggested that higher levels of vitamin D can help improve a person’s mood and anxiety eggs eggs are not only a great source of vitamin D but they are also an excellent source of protein they also contain tryptophan which is a type of amino acid that can help increase levels of serotonin serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter which helps regulate our moods behavior memory and sleep it can also improve our brain function and help relieve anxiety pumpkin seeds pumpkins are high in potassium and according to medical news.
Today foods that are high in potassium can help relieve symptoms of anxiety or stress pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc zinc can help improve moods and also improve the brain and nerve development medical news today states that the storage sites in our bodies which store SYNC are in our brain and these are regions which involve dealing with our emotions dark-chocolate medical news today states that dark chocolate can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety and that dark chocolate can also even help improve our moods chocolate is also high in tryptophan.
Which the body can use to turn into neurotransmitters like serotonin which can improve our moods dark chocolate is also rich in magnesium which can help reduce symptoms that are associated with depression no we’re not saying to binge eat dark chocolate all day every day to improve your mood but try to incorporate small servings of 1 to 3 grams into your diet says medical news today tumeric one of the active ingredients in tumeric is sir cumin according to medical news today sir cumin can help lower anxiety.
Because it can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which can occur in people who have mood disorders to incorporate tumeric into your diet you can add it smoothies curries or even casserole dishes yogurt according to medical news today yogurt contains healthy bacteria called lactobacillus and bifidobacteria studies suggest that these types of bacteria can have a positive effect on the human brain yogurt also has an anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies which can help reduce stress anxiety and depression this is because research suggests that inflammation.
May be partly responsible for symptoms of anxiety and depression green tea green tea contains theanine which is an amino acid which may have anti-anxiety and calming effects which can increase dopamine and serotonin production says medical news today green tea can help improve moods and relax you and can be used to replace soft drinks coffee and alcohol so there you have it if you have anxiety and want to improve or reduce your symptoms try changing up your diet you don’t have to add or remove all the foods mentioned in this Article.
But you can always try changing up a few things you eat and see if it’ll help improve your anxiety of course before adding or removing certain foods from your diet I would suggest that you consult your physician first to see if you suffer from any mental health disorders from there I would consult a dietitian or nutritionist and have them help you create a proper diet that will not contribute to your mental health disorder do you have anxiety what are some other activities you do in your life to help reduce your symptoms let us know in the comments section below.