I have been doing a lot of research lately about what consuming refined sugars can do to your body and one thing which stood out in the information I found was the connection between sugar and anxiety. What many people don’t realize is your physical health and be correlated to how you feel mentally and emotionally. Consuming sugar can be one of the biggest contributors to a poor mental state; recently studies have shown that anxiety (and depression) can be caused by high levels of serotonin. This is a contradiction of previous thoughts that low levels of serotonin were the cause. Sugar is a large factor in raising serotonin levels in the body, if you struggle with anxiety this can be a huge problem. Every time you consume sugary foods you are adding to increasing levels of serotonin and causing increased levels of anxiety.
Consuming too much sugar can also lead to imbalances in the body, blood sugar spikes and insulin resistance as well as thrown off your HPA axis (this helps to release your stress hormone cortisol). Research has shown those who lowered their sugar intake can lower anxiety after a month. There are different ways you can find out if sugar is a problem for you such as microbiome labs, blood sugar labs and autoimmune reactivity brain labs. These labs can really help to break down the issues and help to make changes for those who suffer from results of anxiety.
If you want to change your diet to a low sugar diet I would recommend speaking to a nutritionist like San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong. He offers nutritional help to his patients and encourages other San Diego Chiropractors to offer a nutritional source in their offices. He believes there are many different ways to be healthy but the more guidance and information you have will allow you to make the best choices.