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4 Foods That Are Making Your Anxiety Worse and What to Eat Instead

Do you suffer with anxiety? If so, you’re not alone.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 18% of us feel the pangs of anxiety at least once during a 12-month stretch of time. More than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from anxiety that is thought to be severe.

Feeling some level of stress is normal. But for some people it can have a big impact on their ability to get through the day. Some people are so affected by anxiety that they can’t leave the house.

Anxiety can be caused by a number of things.

These can include medical conditions, trauma, and every daily stress. Severe anxiety can be treated with the help of a physician, and mild anxiety can be helped by making life style changes.

One of the best things you can do if you have anxiety is to take a look at the foods that you are eating.

Many of them may be making your anxiety worse.

4 Foods To Stop Eating If You Suffer With Anxiety

1. Tofu and other Soy products

People who eat a lot of soy think that it is good for them. After all, it is a lean protein. Unfortunately, it also toys with hormonal balance and I don't touch the stuff.

If you’re trying to stay away from animal products and are looking for a protein source, try beans or quinoa.

2. Coffee and other caffeinated products

The thing that makes coffee a great way to wake up in the morning also makes it bad for anybody feeling a lot of stress. Caffeine can make you jumpy and nervous.

It also blocks the body from being able to absorb vitamin D and vitamin B, both of which help to balance your mood.

If you absolutely have to have coffee to get you going in the morning, stick to one cup before 10 a.m. For instance, I drink my Superfood Coffee recipe before a workout. After that, drink chamomile tea, which can help to relieve stress.

3. Processed Foods

There are a lot of good reasons to avoid processed foods, but if you have anxiety then it is really important.

They tend to be packed in containers that contain BPA, which can alter genes in the section of your brain responsible for handling stress.

A study done out of the University of California-Berkeley showed that when kids are exposed to BPA, they have a much higher risk of having anxiety when they are older.

Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains that come without labels.

4. Juices High in Fructose

When you drink juice, you give yourself a rush of sugar that boosts the body’s production of adrenaline.

This can trigger a panic attack in those who have anxiety. Not only that, fructose can change the way that your brain handles stress.

Drinking water is the best way to hydrate.

Yours in Health,

Danette

P.S. Please share this info. with your loved ones who suffer with anxiety and remember to leave a comment below.

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