Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Rick in San Diego. Can sugar cause anxiety?
Well, people around the world take in plenty of sugar not only in our beverages but also in the form of soft drinks, sweeteners, baked goods, and salad dressings. Today’s diets are overloaded with unhealthy sugars. If the people who consume these foods knew that sugar can increase the risk of developing cancer, obesity, kidney disorders, headaches and high blood pressure, they might be tempted to reduce their consumption immediately. You’ll often find that after you eat sugar, you get a sudden burst of energy, but later your blood sugar levels drop and you’re left feeling lethargic and tired.
Can sugar cause anxiety? The standard diet of people in western countries is full of sugar and fat and while this doesn’t necessarily cause anxiety, it does worsen anxiety symptoms. When these blood sugar levels drop too low, known as hypoglycemia, symptoms of anxiety are experienced.
Anxiety is detrimental to us and can result in a dramatic reduction of productivity and can significantly interfere with your quality of life. Sugar causes depression and anxiety by causing inflammation in the gut and brain, setting off an inflammation immune reaction response which results in anxiety. Difficulty with thinking, digestive disturbances, tension, shaking, fatigue, as well as blurry vision.
Taking immediate action to reduce sugar-causing anxiety is required. Anxiety caused by consuming too much sugar can be treated. If you have serious sugar cravings, natural treatments can be supplementing your diet with up to 200 mcg of chromium picolinate per day, as this helps to reduce cravings for sugar.
Try also to avoid processed foods and foods which contain refined sugar.