Your anxiety loves sugar. Eat these 3 things instead.
| HealthLine – It’s no secret that sugar can wreak havoc on your body if you’re indulging in a little too much of the sweet stuff.
The harmful effects it can have on your physical health are well studied, which is why we talk so much about reducing sugar to lose weight and lower the risk of disease.
While ditching the sweet stuff can result in a physically healthier you, it’s the impact sugar has on our mental health that’s worth taking a second look at.
1. Sugar leads to highs and lows
If your idea of coping with stress involves a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, you know exactly what a sugar rush is.
While most people can get through a rush and subsequent crash with minimal discomfort, there’s an entire group of people who pay a big price for eating too much sugar.
That’s because sugar can trigger feelings of worry, irritability, and sadness — a double whammy if you also deal with depression or anxiety.
Here’s why: A sugar rush makes your body work hard to get back to normal levels.
This rollercoaster of ups and downs can leave you feeling nervous, foggy, irritable, jittery, and drained.
2. If it doesn’t cause anxiety, it sure makes it worse
Sugar can also weaken your body’s ability to respond to stress, which can trigger your anxiety and prevent you from dealing with the cause of the stress.
3. Sugar can increase your risk of developing depression
It’s hard to avoid reaching for the sweets, especially after a difficult day. And when you’re dealing with depression, sometimes food can serve as a form of self-medication.
But this vicious cycle of consuming sugar to numb your emotions will only make your symptoms of sadness, fatigue, and hopelessness worse … Read more at HealthLine.