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11 Foods that Make Anxiety Worse

The Healthy Logo By Amanda Gardner of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 12: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost a third of Americans have an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. Medications, therapy, mindfulness, and exercise can all be good options for treating actual disorders or coping with everyday anxiety (there's plenty of coronavirus-related anxiety). However, but there's another remedy that's closer to home: what you eat. "We have all felt high or low after eating or drinking," says Sharon Zarabi, RD, bariatric program director at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Behavior and mood can be controlled by the ingredients we put in our bodies." Stress can affect your eating but eating can also affect your stress levels. Here are the foods that can cause anxiety—avoid them to keep anxiety levels down.

Foods that can cause anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost a third of Americans have an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. Medications, therapy, mindfulness, and exercise can all be good options for treating actual disorders or coping with everyday anxiety (there's plenty of coronavirus-related anxiety). However, but there's another remedy that's closer to home: what you eat.

"We have all felt high or low after eating or drinking," says Sharon Zarabi, RD, bariatric program director at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Behavior and mood can be controlled by the ingredients we put in our bodies." Stress can affect your eating but eating can also affect your stress levels. Here are the foods that can cause anxiety—avoid them to keep anxiety levels down.

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