Even though each anxiety disorder has its own set of commonalities, we all experience the symptoms differently. And we all find ourselves with a different set of triggers.
Because we also react to food differently — it’s important to be aware of how you react to different foods, and what foods to avoid with anxiety disorders.
5 Foods to Avoid With Anxiety Disorders
1. Wheat Bran
We’ve all been bombarded over the last few years with the benefits of high fiber foods. And heat bran is often hyped as a superfood due to the complex high fiber and nutty flavors.
You need to know though that the high concentration of phytic acid it can increase you anxiety levels significantly.
Anyone with anxiety problems needs adequate zinc to keep the symptoms calm. However, the Phytic acid in wheat germ tends to bind the zinc in your system and stop it from being absorbed and utilized.
Soy comes in many shapes, sizes, forms and is an essential ingredient of many of the foods we eat today.
However, soy products are packed with protease and trypsin inhibitors. These are enzymes that make digesting the very protein we eat soy to get hard to digest.
Some soy products have a lot of copper in them (tofu being only one), and copper is linked to increased anxiety.
If you are a regular soy eater, stay away from tofu and “veggie burgers”. Instead try opting for soy that’s fermented like miso and tempeh because they are easier to digest.
Coffee is an interesting example for myself. Most of the time I can drink all the coffee I want, and other times one cup cranks up the anxiety.
If you love your coffee and looking for ways to manage your anxiety without medication — maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and go decaffeinated?
If you are so used to your coffee and other caffeinated drinks that you haven’t linked them to your own anxiety, you might do well to see if caffeine is something you need to avoid?
It’s hard to get around the fact that there’s plenty of research indicating people with anxiety disorders are more sensitive to the effects. Another interesting fact about caffeine is how it slows and stops the absorption of vitamin B and D?
The only way to see what effects caffeine has on your own anxiety disorders is to stop using it, and see the results for yourself.
4. Whole Wheat Bread
In general whole wheat bread is considered healthy compared to other options, but for many people suffering with anxiety — gluten is a problem.
The sticking point is that the majority of wheat (non organic) is treated with glyphosate. This is a herbicide that is known to cause the natural mood stabilizing minerals such as vitamin D and magnesium in our body to become deficient.
Trust me, people with anxiety disorders of any kind, need all the mood stabilizers they can get.
5. Apple Juice
Apple juice is a great beverage and healthy. But there are some problems with it.
Apple juice doesn’t have the fiber in it that whole apples have to slow the digestive process. Instead, it’s packed with refined fructose to add flavors and sweeteners.
What happens when we drink apple juice is a blood sugar level spike.
When this happens the adrenaline associated with high blood sugar spikes results in the same symptoms as an anxiety attack. That’s to go along with the ability of fructose to change the way your brain reacts to any stress.
This is only a few foods known to turn on and turn up anxiety levels.
Anyone suffering with any degree or any type of anxiety would do themself a favor and keep a daily journal.
Be sure to keep track of everything you eat, and especially on days you experience anxiety symptoms. Keeping a journal will mean you know for yourself what foods to avoid with anxiety disorders.