5 Foods To Avoid If You Have Anxiety

5 Foods To Avoid If You Have Anxiety The Canadian Mental Health Association defines
anxiety as a mental illness that seriously impacts our lives and how we think, feel and
act. For example, they explain that a panic attack,
which is a type of anxiety episode, is a feeling of sudden and intense fear that will last
for a short period of time. With that said, there are certain types of
foods and drinks that can trigger or contribute to anxiety and depression. In this video, you will find the top foods
to avoid if you have anxiety. Before we begin this video, don’t forget to
hit the subscribe button and turn on post notifications so you never miss life tips
and advice from your number one Bestie! Now, keep watching for 5 foods you should
absolutely avoid if you have anxiety! 5. Caffeine: Most people are aware that caffeine
is mostly present in coffee, energy drinks, teas, and chocolate. Dietitians of Canada explains that caffeine
excites the nervous system and has the ability to improve alertness for short periods of
time. Keeping that in mind, the Canadian Mental
Health Association states that when someone is suffering from anxiety, specifically panic
attacks, they can experience a racing heart and shortness of breath. Now, Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., a professor
in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine, told Livestrong in an interview that caffeine can trigger and even worsen
anxiety and panic disorders because it can cause jitters, irregular heartbeats, nervousness,
and headaches. To back up his statement, the National Institute
of Mental Health recommends that people who are suffering from anxiety disorders should
avoid caffeine. In addition, psychologist Norman B. Schmidt,
Ph.D., told Livestrong in an interview, ‘If you tend to be a high-strung, anxious person,
using high doses of caffeine can be risky.’ 4. Alcohol: The American Addiction Centers explain
that some individuals will resort to alcohol consumption in order to try and deal with
anxiety. People might assume, because alcohol is a
depressant and often has a sedative effect on people, it could be used to unwind. But the National Center for Biotechnology
Information explains that using alcohol to help reduce anxiety will often backfire on
people. In fact, they also mention that prolonged
alcohol consumption can actually cause anxiety. In addition, the Anxiety and Depression Association
of America states that around 15 million U.S. adults or 7% of the population have a social
anxiety disorder in any given year. They also mention that about 20% of people
with social anxiety also suffer from alcohol abuse, so if you are suffering from social
anxiety, it is best to stay away from alcohol unless you are confident you can consume it
in moderation. Interesting stuff, right? Well, did you know that there are also certain
types of foods you can eat that may help your anxiety? Make sure you stick around until the very
end to find out what foods they are! 3. Sugar: According to Dr. William Cole, senior
clinic director of Cole Natural Health Centers, current research has found that high levels
of serotonin can make anxiety worse. Sugar is one of the main sources that can
raise levels of serotonin. A study that is published in the journal JAMA
Psychiatry was conducted to see if there was an association between serotonin synthesis
and social anxiety disorder. For the study, 18 patients with social anxiety
disorder underwent PET imaging along with 19 healthy controlled participants. PET imaging is a nuclear imaging technology
that allows you to see the metabolic process in the body. Results showed that there were increased serotonin
levels in the patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. Keep watching as we continue to count down
the top foods you should absolutely avoid eating if you suffer from anxiety! 2. Trans Fats: Trans fat, which is also known
as hydrogenated fat, is considered one of the worst foods for your diet, but what many
don’t know is it’s also bad for your moods. According to a study published on PLOS, trans
fat is associated with an increased risk of depression. Spanish researchers followed over 12,000 Spanish
university graduates, who had no depression symptoms, for a total of six years. They monitored their intakes of various types
of fat and their occurrence of depression. Researchers found a substantial relative increment
(48%) in depression risk among the highest category of intake. Researchers added that one of the reasons
trans fats could increase depression symptoms is because of inflammation and altered functioning
of the endothelial cells which line the blood cells. 1. Gluten: Celiac Disease, which is an immune-mediated
disease dependent on gluten, was reported to be associated with depression and other
related mood disorders, according to a study published on PubMed. Another study mentioned on PubMed found that
the elderly population that was gluten sensitive were twice as likely to be diagnosed with
depression when they were compared to the controlled group. Now that you know the foods you should avoid
eating if you suffer from anxiety, here are some foods that doctors recommend you eat
to help reduce your anxiety! 6Fatty Fish. According to Medical News Today, fatty fish
like salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, and herring are extremely high in omega-3, which
is known to have a strong connection to cognitive functioning as well as overall mental health. A study published in the Journal of Clinical
Medicine found that supplementation with foods rich in omega 3 can help reduce levels of
anxiety. 7Foods high in vitamin D. Medical News Today
states that vitamin D deficiency is increasingly linked to mood disorders like depression,
anxiety, and seasonal disaffected disorder (SAD). Studies suggest that higher levels of vitamin
D can help improve a person’s mood and anxiety. 8Eggs. Eggs are not only a great source of Vitamin
D, but they are also an excellent source of protein. They also contain tryptophan, which is a type
of amino acid that can help increase levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter which
helps regulate our moods, memory, behavior, and sleep. It can also improve our brain function and
help relieve anxiety. 9Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkins are high in potassium, and according
to Medical News Today, foods that are high in potassium can help relieve symptoms of
anxiety or stress. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc. Zinc can help improve moods and also improve
both brain and nerve development. Medical News Today also states that the storage
sites in our bodies which store zinc are in the brain, and these are regions which involve
dealing with our emotions. 10Dark chocolate: Medical News Today states
that dark chocolate can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, and that dark chocolate
can also even help improve our moods. Chocolate is also high in tryptophan, which
the body can use to to turn into neurotransmitters like serotonin which can improve our moods. Dark Chocolate is also rich in magnesium,
which can help reduce symptoms that are associated with depression. No, we’re not saying to binge eat dark chocolate
all day everyday to improve your mood, but try to incorporate small servings of 1 to
3 grams into your diet, says Medical News Today. 11Turmeric. One of the active ingredients in turmeric
is curcumin. According to Medical News Today, curcumin
can help lower anxiety because it can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress which
can occur in people who have mood disorders. To incorporate turmeric in your diet, you
can add it in smoothies, curries, or even casserole dishes. 12Yogurt. According to Medical News Today, yogurt contains
healthy bacteria called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Studies suggest that these type of bacteria
can have positive effects on the human brain. Yogurt also has an anti inflammatory effect
on our bodies, which can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. This is because research suggests that inflammation
may be partly responsible for symptoms of anxiety and depression. 13Green tea: Green tea contains theanine,
which is an amino acid which may have anti anxiety and calming effects which can increase
dopamine and serotonin production, says Medical News Today. Green tea can help improve moods and relax
you, and can be used to replace soft drinks, coffee, and alcohol. So there you have it! If you have anxiety and want to improve or
reduce your symptoms, try changing up your diet! You don’t have to add or remove all the
foods mentioned in this video, but you can always try changing up a few of the things
you eat and see if they help improve your anxiety. Of course, before adding or removing certain
foods from your diet, I would suggest that you consult your physician first to see if
you suffer from any mental health disorders. From there, I would consult a dietitian or
nutritionist and have them help you create a proper diet that will not contribute to
your mental health disorder. Do you have anxiety? What are some other activities you do in your
life that help reduce your symptoms? Let us know in the comments section below! Enjoyed this video? Great! Don’t forget to hit the like button and
subscribe to our channel for more videos like this! Thanks for watching!


  1. Denae Michael said:

    Love your videos

    November 11, 2018
  2. DCM said:

    Good info. I like it 🙂

    November 11, 2018
  3. kapri byers said:

    Everything that was named really does make my anxiety worse now that I think 🤔 about it … thanks for the info

    November 12, 2018
  4. Awa Dalmadge said:

    They said chocolate is bad at the beginning and then they said it's great later.

    November 12, 2018
  5. Noe Berengena said:

    The bulbous font with ALL CAPS and with the white outline is ridiculous. It impedes easy reading of the text lines. The problem here is that someone who knows very little about graphic design is using a display font as a text font. Big mistake. Readability is always improved when text is presented in upper and lower case.

    November 14, 2018
  6. Bestie said:

    Do you have anxiety? Tell us about it in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

    November 15, 2018
  7. Beatrice Peter said:

    All , except turmeric .
    Severe stomach ache and bilious disaster .Some people are not made for that spice !

    November 30, 2018
  8. MARIArow S. said:

    I was having a panic attacks since 2016 and last September visited psychiatrist and psychologist.. really helps a lot how to handle you’re having a panic attacks and how to deal with it!.. healthy diet and exercise it’s a best way to fight with my anxiety..

    November 30, 2018
  9. Morgan Bennett said:

    I drink coffee everyday

    February 4, 2019
  10. Alida Boettcher said:

    Soya is one of the best mood stabilizers. The effects take a day or two to surface. Other plant protean also, but less drastic.

    March 10, 2019
  11. Cliff Padilla said:

    Interesting. I also have Vitamin D deficiency.

    April 2, 2019
  12. Cliff Padilla said:

    What about bananas?

    April 2, 2019
  13. Cliff Padilla said:

    I actually cut out caffeine.

    April 2, 2019
  14. Keira Douglas said:

    How about anything with high fibre? I already have enough problems with diarrhea

    April 12, 2019
  15. Anthony Sultana said:

    Anxiety is genetic defect not a disease you idiot.Food and drinks have nothing to do with mental isseus. The best treatment for mental isseus . Yoga and be positive energy at all times and you cured. If that brain defect fail , go for Xanax the best supplements ,continue the Yoga and eat greenery vegetables.Problem solved.

    April 24, 2019
  16. Neda Shaibi said:

    I am sugar free, gluten free, akcohol free, caffeine free. Still dealing with Anxiety. I cannot take vit d3 supplements because it makes my anxiety even worse.

    April 25, 2019
  17. Jeffrey Porto said:

    I have to admit I am guilty of the coffee and sugar intake issues. I got a real challenge there after getting sober not easy to give up even after many years.

    April 30, 2019
  18. Brandy Webb said:

    FUCK THIS SHIT!!! I'd rather be anxious than depressed ANY DAY!!! Depression will lead to suicidal thoughts, whereas, anxiety I can keep it moving.

    May 3, 2019
  19. Josh Bonner said:

    Goodness “”this is typical bullshit”” lol

    May 5, 2019
  20. Josh Bonner said:

    And a panic attack does not last for a short period of time! What a lot of bullshit

    May 5, 2019
  21. Ron e said:

    What a load of crap!

    May 5, 2019
  22. K M said:

    The background music is giving me anxiety

    May 14, 2019
  23. ncogkneetoe x said:

    Panic attacks don't kill you. Don't be such a baby. You're not going to die without your coffee. I just want to feel like I matter. I'm still eating too much. Is that what you meant?

    May 14, 2019
  24. ncogkneetoe x said:

    Why am I so sadistic, and masochistic. I don't think I deserve the expense of it. Someone had to help me, and that takes all their time and resources. I don't want to be needy. I don't want to eat. But I'm weak and don't want to go without. I don't know what I want. I don't know how to bond. I think if I use my medicine I'm going to run out. I just want to feel loved. It's never a good time to ask for company. I'm suppose to be making things. I don't want to. I don't want to fuck things up for other people who are sick. I'm just being selfpitying.

    May 14, 2019
  25. Seemor Disillusioned said:

    Dietitians ?  Thanks but I prefer my medical advice from actual doctors .

    May 15, 2019
  26. Robin Johnson said:

    Can you eat Dark Chocolate?

    May 20, 2019
  27. Robin Johnson said:

    Sometimes get anxious

    May 20, 2019
  28. ComitTheNoob said:

    Well, I'm screwed right from the get go.
    My anxiety keeps me from getting regular sleep, so I tend to take in a lot of caffeine.
    Alcohol is no issue, as I don't drink.

    May 21, 2019
  29. whatever_ImAGirl said:


    May 23, 2019
  30. whatever_ImAGirl said:

    That's funny how anxiety triggers you to crave those things that worsen anxiety

    May 23, 2019
  31. chamber of secrets said:

    Anxiety is destroying my life, its like never ending hell and it impacts my health.. I dont know what to do, im so sick of this and dont see way out.

    May 28, 2019
  32. Francis Cambron said:


    May 30, 2019
  33. Space Panda said:

    alcohol is a depressant… anxiety is cured with antidepressants a lot of times. makes sense that alcohol wouldn’t be good for anxiety. idk just my logic? i’m not a pro

    June 4, 2019
  34. Contrerssjon Contrerssjon said:

    I deal with depression and anxiety but I’m sorry I’m not giving up on my coffee I NEED my coffee it may give me a panic attack that would led to a breakdown but I’m ok with that!

    June 6, 2019
  35. Khalida Ghanizada said:

    Try yoga, meditation, lavender essential oil and saffron tea too it helps a lot .

    June 7, 2019
  36. Blueberry River said:

    Caffeine is bad news. It also depletes vita B and C too

    June 9, 2019
  37. Blueberry River said:

    Strong camomile tea is relaxing

    June 9, 2019
  38. Donna Wallace said:

    I might is well not eat

    June 11, 2019
  39. Jamal Miller said:

    Imma give it a try.

    June 12, 2019
  40. yee yee said:

    I hate that some people in the video are staring at me. It's like they are judging every move I make.

    June 15, 2019
  41. Nicky Erps said:

    So is this why i feel axiety? Or is it my own brain fucking me up from having a good time

    June 16, 2019
  42. मंदीप सिंह said:


    June 17, 2019
  43. Chris Blake said:

    Earlier in the video he said serotonin could cause Anxiety attacks. But when he got to the Egg part, he said that eggs of serotonin in them and could reduce panic attacks

    June 18, 2019
  44. Dietista De Pérdida De Peso said:

    Everything in this Video is great

    June 18, 2019
  45. lulu navarro said:

    Yogurt? I thought it contains too much sugar?

    June 19, 2019
  46. Kendra Hartley said:

    Sweat tea helps Ky headaches and I dont drink and I have social anxiety

    June 19, 2019
  47. Kendra Hartley said:

    Eggs make ke sick

    June 19, 2019
  48. 69LOLIN said:

    This inclues decafinated coffee?

    June 22, 2019
  49. Fazlam Alan said:

    Wait at 3:50 you were saying serotonin is bad then later on you say it's good. 😕

    June 24, 2019
  50. Lynora Simmons, HHP said:

    How about I would love to know where to get the background song to this vid!!🔥💙👌🏾👌🏾🎵

    June 27, 2019
  51. Jocelyn Loch said:

    Going to try all of these, but does anyone suggest what to do to help anxiety attacks…. I feel like the world is going to end.. I know it wont in our lifetime but this is weighing heavy on me

    June 27, 2019
  52. William Sucuahi said:

    I think there is contradiction statement about serotonin in the video…

    June 27, 2019
  53. init init said:

    Me is kid

    June 28, 2019
  54. Charles April said:

    I have an anxiety and therefore I clip this when I saw thumbnail, also I know COFFEE will be included. But I LOVE COFFEE.

    July 3, 2019
  55. Daphne Rodriguez said:


    July 3, 2019
  56. BamVenture Tv said:

    why do you recommend green tea and dark chocolates it considered as caffeine and sugar? you mentioned on the first part of the video that was forbidden,im so confuse

    July 7, 2019
  57. Stephanie Lane said:

    You need balance, because it was mentioned in this video that sugar can increase serotonin which may increase anxiety. Later in the video when talking about egg's it was mentioned that serotonin is increased when eating egg's or dark chocolate, from tryptophan. So I guess moderation in all thing's is the key, serotonin is good, but not too much !

    July 13, 2019
  58. Luis Campos said:

    Anxiety has ruined my life in all possible ways . I have tried everything from all type of doctors to natural medicine but nothing has worked so far; to be honest I run out of ideas ; I am starting to think that death is the only possible solution – of course I am Not thinking about suicide – but that seems to be the only medicine that could cure that illness

    July 14, 2019
  59. MinShookgi YT said:

    Making anxiety worse is really easy because you would have to only eat fruits, vegetables and things without sugar and gluten,… But the end is very good it tells you what to eat which is better thank you so much it helps me allot😊❤️

    July 17, 2019
  60. Htoo Doh said:

    I am not legally diagnosed but I think I have an anxiety disorder. I drank monster drink today and it hit me pretty hard. Shortness of breath and feel like I am breathing hot air, I am afraid of death. I had it once two years ago when I had a cold and I ended up in ER. The doctor diagnosed me with upper respiratory infection but I don't think it was the case. This shortness of breath, breathing warm air and fear of being dead take away my happiness.

    July 17, 2019
  61. sclub7 said:

    But why, chocolates are good as well as bad for.anxieties!..

    July 19, 2019
  62. Kylie Blackwell said:

    so in other words. don't eat anything. again. ever.

    July 20, 2019
  63. Clara Pineda said:

    Eat these food to reduce anxiety:
    1. Fatty fish
    2. Foods high in vitamin D
    3. Eggs
    4. Pumpkin seeds
    5. Dark chocolate
    6. Turmeric
    7. Yogurt
    8. Green tea

    July 23, 2019
  64. Briel Shar said:

    It's normal when he or she get anxiety attack he or she will get stomachache and want to poo.😐

    July 23, 2019
  65. Esther Fishman said:

    I have crippling anxiety and panic attacks and I vet a pounding chest so scary havent found relief. Im not busy which is bad I cant live with my anxiety. I thought of ending my life but don't know how.

    July 23, 2019
  66. Lwanga Mlanjeni said:

    Random guy: waves at me
    Me: waves back
    Me: realises he's waving at the person behind me
    Me: dies inside

    July 24, 2019
  67. HOLLOWPOINT 760 said:

    I been suffering with panic attacks for 3 years I can't go anywhere this is really messing up my life my symptoms are heart palpitations shortness of breath dry mouth my neck muscles get so tense that I can't eat,drink water or swallow and this fear that I can't shake off.

    July 25, 2019
  68. Fancine Courcy said:

    I have 4 herniated disks in my lumbar and my heartbeats fast from pain. My doctors diagnosed me with anxiety. That’s ridiculous and insulting.

    July 25, 2019
  69. Camille Warren said:

    This is why I am not going Starbucks coffee.

    July 27, 2019
  70. Sam D. said:

    Thanks god… finally found the bad foods to avoid and the goods ones, last night i didn't slept and now my chest runs like a machinegun, Hoping tonight i get to fall asleep, I'm feeling weak already

    July 28, 2019
  71. Sam D. said:

    Lots and lots of deep breaths cause my breathing shortened very often

    July 28, 2019
  72. Sam D. said:

    Searching for symptoms online makes my anxiety worse…

    July 28, 2019
  73. Vulnerable QQQ said:

    Ive got anxiety 2 days after my father died. Its been a year I cant help thinking negative ways I just want to die

    July 29, 2019
  74. Gene Lariv said:

    dark chocolate has caffeine. caffeine triggers anxiety.

    July 31, 2019
  75. evangeline dimal said:

    I feel nervous everytime anything i can do is so hard for me to do.to sleep eating alone going in a crowded room or even in a public place too.i feel cant breath and hard to breath 😢

    August 5, 2019
  76. Stijn de Ruig said:

    Take long walks – moderate exercise stimulates endorphins 🙋🏻‍♂️

    August 7, 2019
  77. Be kind to all said:

    Has anyone ever tried lithium ororate supplement? I was recommended this by someone dealing with anxiety.
    If anyone has tried and had results, please let me know.

    August 7, 2019
  78. Blue_Dragon YT said:

    You guys don't know anxiety is easy to cure.

    August 8, 2019
  79. Mackenzie Sampson said:

    One I can't have gluten and two now I need to let go of Starbucks and now lm I supposed to do that. And lm not really a sugar human

    August 8, 2019
  80. Mackenzie Sampson said:


    August 8, 2019
  81. Linda Callahan said:

    Thanks. I am on disability for anxiety. What helps me is faith, good diet and work. I have to face irrational fears and work not to cave to them.

    August 10, 2019
  82. Star Light said:

    anxiety make my life feel alone always, cant sleep , i feel i just to rest and sleep all day, i feel i want to cry no reason, i want to commit suicide. and everything. i always feel nervous in a simple things, maybe because of what happen when i was in a childhood.

    and i cant help it. im already 34 yrs old but this is so hard. i always feel panic , my hands got sweat and shaking, i feel butterfly on my stomach.
    and maybe nobody can understand me, some people say im just over reacting with this…

    its really difficult to recover when you been experiencing specially it happen when you are still a childhood. and our country this not really important. and that makes me so sad, the government don't have attention on this matters. even your family sometimes don't understand you.
    i always thin that if i die, hope i will born again with a happy thoughts, happy kids, no worries and leave a happy life.

    August 11, 2019
  83. Pippin mjkki said:

    Magnesium helps with anxiety

    August 17, 2019
  84. MERIAN PLATA said:

    Thank you 🙂

    August 19, 2019
  85. Gwen Perry said:

    I’m eating a donut while watching this

    August 19, 2019
  86. let'sCARPE thisDIEM said:

    1) caffeine
    2) alcohol
    3) sugar
    4) trans fats
    5) gluten

    August 22, 2019
  87. Ghada Shamieh said:

    Ironing is a super relaxing activity it reduces my anxiety

    August 22, 2019
  88. Lisa Oldwithsomanywhys said:


    August 23, 2019
  89. Irma Flores said:

    Whenever I drink Pepsi or something sweet I always gotta have water around in my table to reduce panic attacks and sugar I like candy but of course water always gotta be near

    August 24, 2019
  90. Carmen Lopez said:

    Trust me not all panic attacks are short. My longest one was 7 hours

    August 25, 2019
  91. Rania Feras said:

    For me, i can't support some kind of food plus coffeine i can't have it at all even i luv so much coffee

    August 25, 2019
  92. Gen Spiegel said:

    Doesn't green tea have caffeine in it? And caffeine isn't good for anxiety

    August 27, 2019
  93. Coleman Cherry said:

    good job man this has helped so many people

    September 4, 2019
  94. Hallmark Replies said:

    I wasted money on the Linden Method

    September 9, 2019
  95. Narges Bahar said:

    Hi 👋 friends I’m living on disability because I’m suffering from anxiety and depression, and I feel awful this kind of lifestyle I’m living.
    So I don’t have a job or money to go at least for a vacation to reales my depression and anxiety, and I’m tired of medicine because the medicine makes me sick and weak 😭😭😭😭 I don’t know what to do? 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    September 10, 2019
  96. Shnitzel Pelasol said:

    Yes I have,can u help me

    September 11, 2019
  97. Shyyy One said:

    ANXIETY! !!!!
    Like & SUB TO MY CH !

    September 12, 2019

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