You already know that your emotions can influence what you eat. But what you may not realize is that what you eat can also dramatically alter your mental health. Seriously: some foods worsen anxiety and depression. Simple food choices can make the difference between feeling worse and feeling more stable, says research from Harvard Health. Eighteen percent of the population suffers some form of anxiety disorder, and 6. You don’t have to be officially diagnosed many people aren’t, anyway to know what an overwhelming burden it can be when you are even marginally anxious or depressed. And while the two aren’t necessarily inclusive of each other, we’ve chosen to focus on them together since we can all relate to how both conditions weigh us down. The good news is that while there are plenty of potential causes for either situation, the foods we consume can play a major role in increasing the frequency, depth, and duration of bouts of depression or anxiety, especially if we’re already predisposed to experiencing them. Your best move is to familiarize yourself with some of the foods that have been repeatedly linked with doing more damage to your psyche—and then drastically reduce your consumption of them. Steer clear of these foods and ingredients that have been found to have a negative impact on your mood. We despise sugar at Eat This, Not That!
The anxiety fueled the orthorexia and the orthorexia fueled the anxiety. Even the packaging of “convenience” foods may be a cause for—and cause of—concern. For medications that otherwise improve your quality of life, it may be worth enduring a little extra anxiety. Terrific for social anxiety…Just kidding. Stay away from the research. Also, always panicked about bringing germs home to her. No problem at all. Fats help your heart, your brain, and numerous other organs in your body to function at their best.
Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Want to know what foods to steer clear from? The amino acid has shown to reduce alcohol cravings and may be helpful while detoxing from it. Thanks Pam, so glad you found this to be useful. When choosing mood-lifting carbs, go for whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread or brown rice, rather than processed choices, such as sugar, candy, or even white bread and white rice, Villacorta says. Rebecca, You may not be aware, but undiagnosed diabetes or letting your blood sugar get too high will bring some anxiety with it. Like in the middle of work?