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We now understand that your gut is your second brain. As a result, the food you eat can greatly impact on your psychological health. According to the latest research, if you suffer from anxiety, you should avoid these four foods at all costs.

1.Coffee/ Caffeinated Products

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Caffeine Can Prevent You From Balancing Your Mood

Researchers at NCBI have conducted numerous studies on caffeine, spanning from as far back as 30 years ago. They have found that caffeine can foster anxiety and disrupt your natural ability to balance mood in several ways. Namely, through:

  • increasing stress hormones
  • reducing the calming affect of neurotransmitters
  • depleting nutrients
  • reducing blood flow to the brain

Caffeine & Stress Hormones

One study found that caffeine mimics the body’s stress response. It increases heart rate, blood presbreathesure and stress hormone levels – as much as doubling the levels of cortisol and epinephrine in your blood stream.

The Impact On Your GABA Levels

Your neurotransmitters are impacted by the caffeine you take in. It either suppresses or increases their levels depending on whether or not they facilitate sleep or energy production. However, it also impacts on GABA a neurotransmitter that is responsible for your sense of calm.

GABA is essential for feeling happy and relaxed. Too much caffeine inhibits GABA – resulting in anxiety and even panic attacks.

Caffeine Is A Nutrient Thief

Caffeine is famous for stealing magnesium and vitamin B from your body. Both of which are essential in protecting you against anxiety.

Studies published in Nutrition Review implicate magnesium deficiency in the following conditions.:

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Schizophrenia

Vitamin B is also known as the anti-anxiety vitamin. It can address imbalances between, GABA, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine that contribute to anxiety.

Anxiety & Blood Flow To The Brain

We know that anxiety reduces blood flow to the brain. However, caffeine can reduce it by up to 27% further. This blood flow is how crucial nutrients, such as oxygen, glucose, vitamins and minerals reach the brain putting the body into a state of increased stress.

2. Tofu/ Soy Products

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Soy has high levels of phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in the body. In large doses this sets your hormones out of balance, resulting in mood swings and increased anxiety.

Perhaps the biggest problem with soy is we’re not fed this product in small amounts. Soy is a cheap, subsidized ingredient used in processed foods in the form of oil, thickeners, flavor enhancers, stabilizers, preservatives, and nutritive fillers. Check the ingredients, if you’re eating processed food, you’re probably eating soy.

3. Processed Foods anxiety

There are many reasons to avoid processed foods, however, when it comes to anxiety the main reason stems from the packaging.

Processed food tends to come part and parcel with BPA containing packaging. As a result, researchers have indicated that excessive amounts of BPA can alter genes in the section of your brain responsible for stress.

 4. Fructose Heavy Juices

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When drinking juices that are high in fructose you give your body a sugar rush that boosts your Adrenalin production.

This has the ability to trigger a panic attack in those who have high levels of anxiety. In large doses, fructose has also been shown to change the way the brain handles stress.

Remember, drinking water is always the best way to hydrate.

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Guest Writer

This post has been curated by a Longevity Live editor for the website.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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