The National Institute of Health estimates that 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is caused by many factors and can be treated in some people by medication.
Did you know that foods can cause anxiety and anxiety like symptoms? Some of the most popular foods we enjoy might just be causing your anxiety.
With your doctor’s help and an elimination diet, you may be able to stop taking medications by eliminating one or all of these 11 anxiety-causing foods.
You won’t believe what foods make the list. In fact, you might be eating or drinking one of them right now.
Caffeine might make you feel wide awake and full of energy, but it can also lead to anxiety. First, caffeine depresses serotonin in your brain, and this makes you feel depressed and irritable. Second, caffeine makes you urinate more frequently.
This can cause dehydration, leading to depression. Third, caffeine can interfere with sleep cycles and that causes stress.
Avoid coffee, soda, and hot chocolate as much as possible. You may sleep better and won’t feel as jittery.
Sugar causes anxiety as it spikes your blood sugar. Your body increases insulin production and that makes you feel tired.
Fruit juice is just as bad as soda when it comes to adding sugar immediately into your system. Once you lose fruit from fruit juice, you are drinking sugar water.
Sweets, cakes, and other treats might make you feel good while you are eating them, but afterwards, you’ll be dropped and feel anxious afterward. Do yourself a favor and try to avoid sugar.