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9 Unobvious Things That May Provoke Your Anxiety

Panic attacks, problems at work, relationship problems or other sorts of issues always lead to anxiety. While these things are expected triggers, there are some other unobvious causes of anxiety. This applies to those who can’t explain their anxiety and can’t even deal with it. Mental health is always connected with your overall health because your body is interconnected. We are going to look at nine things that not only affect your overall health but can also change your mood and make you anxious and stressed. 

1. Alcohol 

Some people think that alcohol helps relax and improves our mood but this assumption is definitely wrong. Some studies have found that alcohol consumption is associated with exacerbating anxiety disorders while other studies have shown that alcohol makes us more prone to depression and anxiety. 

2. Food intolerances and sensitivities 

It was found that those with any ignored food intolerance or sensitivity such as celiac disease or dairy intolerance are more susceptible to anxiety. People with untreated food intolerance have inflammation which is a common factor of depression and anxiety. 

3. Lyme disease  

Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is spread by ticks. Common symptoms of Lyme disease include headache, fatigue, skin rash, and fever. If left untreated, the disease becomes chronic and can spread to the heart, joints, and nervous system. If it affects the nervous system, the person becomes anxious. 

4. Blood sugar spikes     

Blood sugar levels are related to brain function. Therefore if you have frequent blood sugar spikes, this can make you anxious and fatigued. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to normalize your blood glucose:

  • Eat more unsaturated fats 
  • Eat more spices 
  • Drink matcha
  • Get more magnesium 
  • Get more vitamin D 

5. Nutrient deficiencies 

People with a deficiency of at least one mineral or vitamin often experience mood swings and unexplained anxiety. Each nutrient provides us with proper immune function and therefore it’s recommended to check yourself through the help of blood tests. If your doctor finds a deficiency of any nutrient, he/she will prescribe you a special diet or certain supplements. In the case of complex vitamin deficiency, iv vitamin therapy is quite effective.

6. Viral infections 

A lot of studies have found a connection between mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) and Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus. Both viruses are herpes viruses and are present in most people. But those who have a strong immune system and follow a healthy lifestyle won’t be vulnerable to any mental issue. 

7. Irregular menstrual cycles 

Irregular menstrual cycles are commonly caused by cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone imbalances. Women with these conditions may experience anxiety before menstruation. 

8. Sugar 

Sugar is an excellent trigger of anxiety. Some studies have found that the more sugar you consume (especially refined sugar), the more likely you are to experience mood swings and anxiety. This is due to inflammation that occurs in your body when you eat too much of this substance. 

9. Caffeine 

CYP1A2 gene determines how you deal with coffee and other drinks containing caffeine. People who have the fast metabolizer version of this gene can drink as much coffee as they like and get all the health benefits from it. While those who are slow metabolizers of caffeine, often have digestive problems and face anxiety. 

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