While one may disregard diet as unimportant when it comes to anxiety, nothing could be further from the truth. When you think of how one small tablet can influence your system, image how all the chemicals you consume in your food can affect your stress level. Research has found that one’s diet and fitness level can affect their experience with anxiety.

Dietary Triggers

Caffeine
Caffeine is one of the most common dietary triggers they may affect people with anxiety. It is contained in tea, coffee, energy drinks, etc. People may be consuming more caffeine than they realise. It has been found to potentially trigger feelings of nervousness, irritability, trembling and shaking. It can create feelings of anxiety for people who do not have an anxiety disorder. If you consume a lot of coffee you should cut it our gradually as sudden withdrawal of caffeine can lead to irritability and headaches, etc.

Alcohol
Alcohol dehydrates you, disturbs your hormone and nutritional balance and it can cause physical symptoms that can lead to panic attacks.

Sugar
Refined sugar is not just bad for your slimness, your health but excessive consumption can trigger a panic attack. Cut out the sugary junk food and also be aware that sugar is added to fast food, sauces, etc. In a word, stay away from processed food. People are consuming a lot more sugar than they realise, just see the level of obesity. Switch to the natural sugar in fruit.
A drop in your sugar level can also cause a panic attack. It is important that you eat on a regular basis throughout the day.

Street drugs
Street drugs have the potential to create serious panic and anxiety problems. If you take unregulated substances you are looking for trouble.

Prescribed medication
While prescribed can have a place in the treatment of anxiety in certain circumstances, they are over-used and often used for a prolonged period of time. Believe it or not, a side-effect of some of the medications used for panic attacks is “panic attacks and depression”.

If the panic attacks originated due to your diet and lack of exercise, they could now be over if the diet was corrected. Had a person started taking medication way back then and still continue to take it, the particular medication could now be the only reason the panic attacks continue if panic attacks are a side-effect of the medication.

Water
Make sure that you’re drinking sufficient water. Dehydration can cause mild anxiety or make more severe anxiety worse.

Artificial sweeteners
Studies show that the consumption of aspartame can lead to decreased levels of serotonin in the brain. Due to the fact that serotonin is the chemical messenger between brain neurons, its lowering can lead to anxiety or panic attacks.

Minerals
MAGNESIUM. Many people are deficient in magnesium and this can be central to causing an agitated nervous system. Magnesium is a mineral, a non-drug way of relieving anxiety. 

 

 

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