‘A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.’ – Aesop
Anxiety is an emotion described as a mixture of feelings like fear, worry or unease. Every one experiences anxiety on both an emotional and physical level at some point in their lives. So, getting anxious may seem unpleasant at times, but it is perfectly normal and is believed to be part of the ‘fight or flight’ response i.e. biological reaction to threats, of human nature. A study carried out by Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2015 found out 185 of the American population suffers from some sort of anxiety disorder.
Even though anxiety is a normal human experience occasionally it can turn into a problem. If a person is feeling anxious all the time or the feelings are very strong, an overwhelming level of anxiety can take the shape of a disorder.
Foods can play a big role in enhancing or diminishing the occurrence, gravity, and periods of depression and anxiety. The best approach is to recognize the foods which increase or decrease anxiety and consume them accordingly. Let us review all the foods with a direct hand in determining the fate of anxiety.
Anxiety is believed to be highly prevalent chronic diseases which can be influenced by diet and nutrition, since biological processes are responsible for driving several processes such as inflammation, which promote depression and related disorders. Although in the field of psychiatry not much evidence is available on the treatment of anxiety through dietary modifications, there is ample reason to believe depressive illnesses can be avoided or lowered by consuming more of some beneficial food groups, while others may have a negative impact.
Foods To Avoid With High Functioning Anxiety
First of all let us identify and list foods which can worsen your anxiety.
Sugar Sugar Sugar Rush
Sugar, already being labeled an enemy to general health, has been linked with depression. A study carried out in 2015 found ‘Added Sugars’, in the diet of postmenopausal women, to play a role in increasing bouts of depression. One possible explanation for this association is the fact that when the level of glucose is high in the blood then the brain reacts by lowering the levels of another protein which is responsible for stimulating the growth and integrity of neurons and synapses. In simpler words, it means the more you eat sugar the more the chances of developing anxiety and depression.
Artificially Sweet Food (Naturally Bitter)
Artificial Sweeteners pose the same level of risk as sugar for the elevation of anxiety. Furthermore, the presence of a common and dangerous ingredient called Aspartame present in artificial sweetener has been implicated in inhibiting the synthesis of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Clinical data has shown when the levels of serotonin are lowered in the body, conditions like depression, insomnia and other types of neuro maladies can arise.
Alcohol; My Sweet Depression Protocol (Makes No sense, Might Be Deep)
As the saying goes ‘Think before you drink’, people with anxiety really need to weigh in their options before drinking alcohol. Alcohol is known to dull the motor functions in the Central Nervous System (CNS), which in turn retards the five senses. Moreover, since the CNS is also responsible for processing emotions, some believe it is a depressant. If you have anxiety the best advice is to cut back on alcohol and see the extraordinary result yourself.
The Oil With Hydrogen With It
Hydrogenated oil is a product obtained when vegetable oil is converted into a solid form to increase its shelf life. It is believed consuming foods cooked with hydrogenated oil can lead to depression since it contains trans-fat, a type of unsaturated fats. One theory is that since trans-fat are implicated in the clogging of arteries they prevent the flow of blood to the brain, which is a factor for depression.
Fast Foods (Faster Than Usain Bolt, More Dangerous Than OJ)
Fast foods are considered to be a precursor for depression, since a 2012 study found people who consume fast food have a 51% more chance of developing depression, therefore fast foods e.g. pizza, hot dogs, burgers, fried etc. jeopardizes a person’s physical and mental well-being. Eating small amounts of fast food is unlikely to lead to depression but consuming it on a regular basis can be blamed for causing depression.
Caffeine; Thank God You Aren’t Mean, Or Are You?
Caffeine has been implicated as a contributor to depression. Even small amounts of caffeine can trigger depressive episodes which are a precursor of anxiety. There is scientific reason to believe that caffeine disturbs the sleeping pattern, and sleep is connected with moods such as anxiety.
Beef Jerky Isn’t Virgin- Caution!
Well, the dairy has come to our res-moooooow-cue, and it’s being claimed that they are healthy! But is it? Nope, not as long as the giant manufacturers who run the culinary monopoly continue adding additives in it. Yes, it’s right your beef jerky isn’t virgin, it’s filled with notorious Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and we all know what it does! IT MESSES WITH OUR ADORABLE BRAIN! The glutamate in it, excites our brain and you know what our lives are already exciting, so no! Okay! Please keep the MSG to yourself, the only MSG I like is Madison Square Garden and that’s enough.
According to The New Primal Original Beef Jerky, grass-fed cow is the healthiest alternative to the commercially available beef jerky, as apart from being MSG-free, it also has lower salt and sugar content.