Do you currently suffer from anxiety? If so, did you know that certain foods can make it worse? Regardless, the foods we eat can affect how we feel.

Try reducing or cutting out the following common foods:

> Caffeine
As many of us are aware, caffeine can make it difficult to sleep. The amount and quality of sleep we get are related to our mood. Caffeine can also trigger our flight-or-flight response, and make us feel nauseous, jittery, or lightheaded. Between these physical and emotional effects, caffeine can really alter how we feel.
Alternatives: Chamomile tea or green juice

>Artificial sweeteners and sugars
Sugar crashes can cause mood changes, fatigue, troubles concentrating, and can even cause heart palpitations. It can be related to a panic attack. A common sweetener, aspartame, is a big troublemaker as it can cause insomnia, headaches, mood swings, anxiety and depression because of blockage of serotonin in the brain.

>Sodium
Sodium, also known as salt, is known for retaining water, causing bloating, weight gain, and high blood pressure. Unbeknown to many, it can also be dangerous to the neurological system. It can cause fatigue, depression, panic episodes, as well as damage to the immune system.

>Fried Foods
We are all aware that fried foods are not good for our health, but it can also lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Friend foods offer little nutrition, therefore it is best to stay away, and if you must eat it, eat smaller portions.

>Fruit juices
Here’s a tricky one! We are always told that fruit is good for us, and while it is, there is a big difference in whole fruits and fruit juices. Fruit juices are full of fructose and lack fiber. Fructose is a form of sugar and can cause blood sugar spikes, in return causing adrenaline. This combination of symptoms can resemble a heart attack.
Alternatives: stick to water or find whole fruit juices with no added sugar!

>Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant because it can suppress brain function. It can trigger depression and anxiety. Alcohol can cause both spikes and dips in blood sugar levels and dehydrates the body. All of this can make you drink even more.
Remember: don’t mix alcohol and caffeine!

 

 

Source: Healthy Women Magazine