Foods to Avoid when Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat; and while everyone knows that poor nutritional choices can have a negative impact on your physical health, did you know that they can also affect your mental health? Experts agree that some foods and ingredients worsen the symptoms of anxiety and depression, two mental health issues that affect millions of Americans every year. If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, here are ten foods you might want to consider avoiding.

Caffeinated beverages

Many people claim to need caffeine in order to get going in the morning and feel ready to take on their day, but some studies have shown that caffeinated beverages can have negative effects on your mental well-being. Not only does caffeine interfere with your sleep cycles, which can impact your mood and worsen depression, but since it’s a stimulant it can also affect your stress levels, your neurotransmitter balance, and your blood sugar, which can worsen anxiety.

If you’re thinking about cutting back on caffeine, it’s important to start off slowly, as going cold turkey can temporarily worsen depression as your body adjusts. Many people find it easier to switch to green tea while making the transition as it contains less caffeine than coffee or black tea.

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