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The foods that are making you anxious

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues experienced in Australia, with two million Australians dealing with anxiety annually. Despite stress and pressure, research suggests that what you put in your body can impact your mood – adversely, or otherwise. Here are the top four foods I recommend clients avoid.

It is well known that coffee is linked with increased anxiety, especially if it’s consumed in excess. Coffee is a stimulant that impacts our nervous system and while it can be great tool to help keep us alert, too much (or if you are a particularly sensitive individual) can result in poor sleep and heart palpitations, which can thus lead to an increased risk of anxiety. Coffee intake should be taken on a case-by-case basis, but my recommendation is no more than three cups a day, and all before 2pm.

Contrary to coffee, alcohol is a depressant, which significantly impacts our mood. After a few glasses of wine, we often associate the feelings of increased confidence and lack of inhibition, however it’s the impact that alcohol has on the body over time that can lead to anxiety. The day after a big night out is when anxiety is most likely to hit. Alcohol has been shown to impact the nervous system and the levels of important neurotransmitters in the brain, like serotonin (the happy hormone). Increased heart rate and the associated dehydration can often make your anxiety feel worse than it might be.

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