Diet and Anxiety – Are You Making Your Anxiety Worse?
The problem with anxiety is that most people don’t see the connection between what they eat and consume and the levels of their anxiety from day to day. Dealing with anxiety can feel extremely difficult especially when your emotions can go up and down like a yo yo. If you are trying desperately to reduce your anxiety levels the first thing you should do is look at what you are eating.
One beverage that most of us can’t live without is coffee. For the vast majority of us, getting out of bed goes hand in hand with having a morning coffee before you begin your day. The problem with caffeine is that it is a drug that can create some vicious anxiety.
While we all love the energy boost that caffeine provides it can become a problem as you begin to consume several cups of coffee a day. Many people will feel very anxious and on edge after consuming coffee but most don’t connect their anxiety to their consume of coffee. Look to reduce your caffeine intake by tapering down, going cold turkey can lead to some vicious withdrawal symptoms that most people struggle to get through while detoxing from the drug.
Another nasty that people consume is nicotine. If you are a smoker I don’t need to tell you that having a smoke when feeling anxious or stressed makes you feel better. Apart from the physical health issues related to smoking, the psychological effects can be just as pronounced.
Smoking may make you feel at ease but it is having the opposite effect on you psychically and can lead to increased anxiety and an up and down roller coaster effect.
Smoking and anxiety go hand in hand and is one of the biggest reasons why people find it so difficult to quit smoking. Drugs like nicotine can stop you feeling inner peace as the levels of the drug in your blood peak and bottom out.
One of the worst things you can do for anxiety is have a diet full of sugars and refined food such as sodas and sugary snacks. Sugar is something that people don’t really worry about unless they are looking to lose weight but the effect on anxiety levels can be huge.
The issue with sugar is that it releases insulin and other hormones that can make you feel like you are constantly buzzing and then hitting a brick wall. When your blood sugar levels are not stable it can have a dramatic effect on your energy levels and thus anxiety levels also. You should look to keep your blood sugar levels as stable as possible but reducing the amount of sugar that you consume everyday.
While treating anxiety resolves around undoing certain behavioural patterns and programming, your diet and what you are putting into your body does take a toll on your anxiety. While changing these things in your diet may not eliminate your anxiety completely, eliminating or greatly reducing drugs like caffeine, nicotine and other addictive things such as sugar from your diet can lead to a dramatic drop in your anxiety levels.