Foods That Intensify Anxiety Levels

Alcohol

Alcohol is probably the worst emotional wrecker of the lot. It can send you from happy to sad to angry to depressed to angry to happy to sad… all in just 40 seconds!

The bottom line on this one… if you want to keep your anxiety levels relatively normal then alcohol needs to be kept to a minimum.

Refined Sugars

Ever seen what happens to a child when they drink red cordial or eat a packet of lollies? It sends them nutty! The reason is refined sugars interfere with brain receptors and cause abnormal brain functioning. And it has the same effect on adults as it does with kids, albeit on a lesser scale.

So all refined sugary foods must be limited, or preferably, cut out totally from the diet. These include soda drinks (which are loaded with sugar), cakes, lollies, biscuits, ice cream, sweetened fruit juices, jams, jellies/jello, etc. Yes I know, I’m starting to sound like the party pooper here, but if you really want to get your anxiety levels under control then you’re going to have to make some changes. There is no easy solution for this one!

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are the most shocking additives ever to have been allowed into our food supply. The two worst are aspartame and MSG. These “excitotoxins” overstimulate the brain, to the point of exhaustion. For anxiety sufferers, this is not good. You want to be able to calm your mind, not overstimulate it to death!

Any food or drinks that contain or aspartame have to go. You’re going to have to get really good at reading labels because aspartame and MSG are added to a lot of foods nowadays. Keep an eye out for artificial sweeteners E951, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Amino Sweet.

Wheat/Gluten

New studies are now showing a direct correlation between wheat/gluten consumption and the onset of anxiety and depression. Gluten does not bode well with the digestive system or the brain, so it’s no wonder that its considered a “no no” ingredient for any anxiety or depression sufferer. Cutting all wheat based foods, particularly wheat, barley and rye, along with breakfast cereals and bread, may not be an easy thing to do, but it must be done if you want to be free of these afflictions. The difference it will make is startling. You can read more about the wheat/gluten connection to anxiety and depression in this informative article… Bread and Other Edible Agents of Mental Disease 

 

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