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5 Foods that Aggravate Anxiety

These foods might not be good option to soothen your senses.

| Contributor Content| UPDATED: June 6, 2018, 11:28 AM IST
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Anxiety is a common disorder that most of us go through at some point of our day. While mindfulness and taming your anxiety are important to help the condition, here are 5 foods that you must avoid if you are experiencing mild anxiety as these foods are known to aggravate it. Also, even if you are happily normal, try to eliminate these foods from your as well as your children’s diet to safeguard your mental health in the long run.

1. Sugar

Sugar raises your serotonin levels and high serotonin levels worsen anxiety. Cutting down on your sugar intake has numerous benefits including keeping you less vulnerable to anxiety. Similarly, high sugar consumption in kids is linked with ADHD, so better steer clear your children off sugar candies, gems, lollipops and chocolates.

2. Trans Fats

Trans Fats found in fried food trigger depression and are dubbed as worst foods for anxiety. Trans Fats cause inflammation and interfere with the endothelial cells which line the blood cells. Avoid food dressings, ketchups, frosting, too.

3. Caffeine

While a cup of coffee, tea, chocolate or energy drink may seem like a good option to soothen your senses, it turns out that caffeine intake can trigger or aggravate your anxiety levels by causing irregular heartbeats, nervousness, jitters and headaches. Avoid soda, processed fruit juice, diet coke and so on.

4. Processed Food

Avoid processed meat, refined cereals, pastries, cakes and high-fat dairy products and switch to whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables in order if you are facing panic disorders or general anxiety.

5. Alcohol

Lastly, people dealing with anxiety might resort to alcohol to relax themselves. However, according to American Addiction Centers, alcohol backfires on your anxiety levels and can even trigger anxiety in prolonged users.
First Published: June 6, 2018, 11:28 AM IST


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