Foods & Drinks That May Increase Anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety, you may blame certain triggers in your environment for bringing on the anxious feelings. But what you eat, and drink can have a profound effect on your body's chemistry. Some foods and drinks may worsen your anxiety. Here are some of the culprits.
So, if you choose a clear, caffeine-free, sugar-free soft drink, it won’t worsen your anxiety, right? Wrong! The artificial sweetener in these drinks, aspartame, may have significant cognitive effects. It may indeed worsen the psychological aspect of anxiety.
So why is sugar a problem? For one thing, the body uses Vitamin B6, which is crucial to mood and proper hormone function, to metabolize sugar. In other words, sugar depletes your body of this and other important nutrients. It can also create highs and lows in mood, and bring on a post-sugar "crash," or low blood sugar.
If you experience anxiety in your day-to-day living, consider removing one or all of the above listed foods and see if your anxiety is relieved; you will certainly benefit in other ways from eating cleaner.