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Absolute Worst Foods for Anxiety

Anxiety is something many people struggle with on a daily basis. It’s often caused by stress, something a lot of us are quite familiar with. It might seem obvious that certain lifestyle changes like working less, ending toxic relationships, exercising more, taking time to unwind and relax are all ways to limit anxiety, but another major change we can easily make is to clean up our diet.

Just like there are foods that help ease anxiety, there are also foods that cause anxiety. Our diet has such a huge impact on our life, both mentally and physically! Luckily it’s something we can easily change. Start by cutting out (or limiting) all of these foods that are bad for anxiety…

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1. Coffee

If you’re like me, you can’t go a day without coffee! Don’t worry, many people share a similar problem. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association, 62-percent of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis. The overall average is just over 3-cups a day per drinker. Unfortunately, this morning ritual isn’t doing any good for our anxiety.

“High levels of caffeine can not only increase anxiety and nervousness, but can also decrease the production of the feel-good chemical serotonin in the body, causing a depressed mood,” says Erin Palinski-Wake, RD, CDE, author of ‘Belly Fat for Dummies’ to Healthline.

The best way to combat this is to limit your caffeine throughout the day. Instead of having 3-cups a day, try having just one. For the most part, low doses of caffeine are safe, but if you’re consuming high doses it can have some extremely negative effects on anxiety and nervousness.

Healthline also warns that caffeine doesn’t only pertain to coffee. There are “several supplements and medications that include caffeine and can contribute to anxious feelings, including St. John’s Wort, ginseng, and certain headache medications.”

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