- Posted September 18, 2013 by
Foods that Induces Panic and Anxiety
I believe caffeine is one of the most common culprits of anxiety and panic attacks. It increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure and puts your body into fight or flight mode. Too often, we seek that rush of energy that comes from a strong cup of coffee or energy drink. We push ourselves to work harder and longer, not taking time to let our body and mind rest. Caffeine is the most widely used, legalized drug in the world and it’s growing. Today, it’s very common to see people consuming lots of coffee, entire energy drinks and 5-Hour energy shots to get a quick boost of energy. But, it’s just not healthy, especially to those who are highly sensitive to the surge of adrenaline.
It would be smart to remove all caffeine from your diet recipes if you are susceptible to anxiety and panic attacks. Don’t feed the fire by pouring more fuel onto it. I used to drink lots of coffee and diet sodas. But today, I only have one cup of tea in the morning and that’s it. There was even a season when I did not have any caffeine in my diet. It was just too much for my overly-sensitized nervous system.
If you drink lots of caffeine, it would be smart to taper off slowly and let your body adjust to the change.
I believe sugar is another very common trigger. Most junk food today contains lots of sugar. The rise and fall in blood sugar can trigger anxiety and panic attacks. You need to avoid high sugary snacks, and find a more healthy way to boost your energy, like fruit with its natural sugar.
One of my worst panic attacks happened after a night of drinking in college. The morning after was horrific. My nerves were on edge and it created the perfect environment for a mental meltdown. You should avoid alcohol. The alcohol converts to sugar creating those spikes and falls in your blood sugar. Plus, the alcohol will leave you anxious and nervous the next day.
Starchy foods can also fluctuate with your blood sugar. Our family keeps the starchy foods–like potatoes, rice, breads, and pastas–to a minimum.
I’ve personally never had a bad experience because of MSG, but I’ve read stories about how MSG can trigger panic attacks. We typically avoid MSG in our diet recipes.
Lactic acid occurs naturally in your body after a strenuous workout. Your body stores this lactic acid and it crystalizes in your muscles causing the soreness.
Some people claim that lactic acid can increase the anxiousness and even cause panic attacks, but I haven’t had this happen to me that I’m aware of. Certain foods and drinks have lactic acid in their ingredients. Be sure to read the labels.