“It’s Not A Short Term Diet, It’s A Long Term Lifestyle Change.”
Different studies have shown that our food choices can result in the difference between feeling good and stable and feeling anxious and worse.
Anxiety and stress can occur due to a variety of reasons and the foods that we eat have a major role in raising the intensity, frequency, and duration of anxiety episodes, especially in those people who are predisposed or prone to experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
One of the best ways to overcome the ill-effects of food on anxiety levels is familiarizing yourself with the different foods that trigger or elevate anxiety and then taking all necessary steps to either limit or completely avoid those foods.
Below are the 3 foods that cause anxiety levels to be persistently high:
1. Canned Soup
Processed or canned foods should be avoided at all costs as they tend to increase anxiety. BPA or Bisphenol A is a type of chemical that is present in most plastic containers and canned food liners. Research indicates that this chemical can have an adverse effect on vital mood-balancing neurotransmitters by considerably changing genes present in the stress-mediation section of the brain.
As per studies conducted by researchers and experts at the University of California in Berkeley, children who were exposed to the chemical BP when very young, tend to have a greater affinity to developing anxiety or anxiety related issues. It is thus better to go for a traditional healthy and balanced diet. Avoid canned soup and other packaged food that have labels.
Soy is full of lean proteins, but it also contains large amounts of protease inhibitors and trypsin enzymes which hamper the process of protein digestion and make it excessively difficult. Soy also has high levels of copper, a mineral which is known to trigger anxiety and moody behavior. Vegetable tofu burgers, processed tofu, etc., should therefore be avoided as they help further anxiety.
People who want to consume tofu can opt for the fermented tofu varieties such as miso and tempeh, which are more easily digestible.
3. Wheat Bran
Wheat bran has been promoted by many health experts as it is rich in fiber and has an intricate, nutty taste. Wheat bran is however known to further anxiety as it has very high levels of anti-nutrient phytic acid. This acid clings to vital mood-calming minerals such as zinc and inhibits their absorption. It is important for anxiety patients to get sufficient amounts of zinc as deficits in the mineral have been found to trigger anxiety, stress, and depression.
Soaking wheat bran and then cooking it can help decrease phytic acid concentration, which mainly occurs in dried beans and whole grains. You may take that additional step of soaking beans, grains, etc., when cooking oatmeal, rice, stews, and soups.
Other Foods That Cause Anxiety:
Other foods that are known to further anxiety include caffeine, alcohol, high-sodium foods, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oil, trans fats, fast food, junk foods, apple juice, diet soda, non-dairy creamer, ketchup, beef jerky, pasta, and refined sugar.
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