5 Worst Foods for Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, familiarize yourself with some of the foods that make it worst and eliminate them from your diet.

 1. Gluten

Gluten may spike levels of the stress hormone cortisol, causing various types of anxiety from social phobia to panic disorder.

 2. Sugar

Refined sugars may not cause anxiety, but they may worsen symptoms. Research shows too much of the sweet stuff can cause jitteriness & an increased inability to cope with stress.

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3. Caffeine

 A cup of joe stimulates the central nervous system and increases cortisol levels. Research shows it can cause anxiety even in people who don’t normally suffer from it.

4. Alcohol

 Did you know you can build a tolerance to the de-stressing effects of booze. This can trigger more drinking, more anxiety and sleepless nights.

5. Acid-forming foods

 Acidic foods like pickles, yogurt, eggs and meat can impact magnesium levels. A deficiency of this mineral has been linked to anxiety & other mental health issues.

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