What Causes Generalized Anxiety Attacks After Eating?

The generalized anxiety attacks sometimes do not make sense. It can hit one at any moment. Many people are suffering from this type of attacks, especially after eating their meal. The person experiences, the development of anxiety right after the meal. This article throws light on the link between generalized anxiety attack and food, its symptoms and suggested diet for regulating anxiety attacks because of food.

Reasons for Generalized Anxiety Attacks After Eating:

The research on the generalized anxiety attack does not link eating as a cause of the development of anxiety. One can only guess that eating is the prime cause of the anxiety attack.

Reasons for Generalized Anxiety Attacks After Eating

Symptoms Of Generalized Anxiety Attacks After Eating

Sensations Because Of The Food:

The symptoms of the generalized anxiety attacks are mostly observed in the people who are suffering from panic attacks. It is caused by the physical sensations that take place in the body after consumption of the food. For example:

  • Chest Pains: Like hyperventilation and anxiety can cause pain in the chest, even eating can cause it. When the food is consumed, it gets across the chest when it is on its way down. Minor pain in the chest is developed from the feeling of being full. Chest pain is also a panic trigger, so it can also lead to the anxiety.
  • Heart Palpitations: The heart palpitation is triggered from certain foods, which is a consciousness of your heart and a feeling of rapid heartbeat or skipped a beat. Some doctors have linked it to sugar, sodium and carbohydrates, but there is no clear evidence that food triggers the palpitation. It is also not clear whether it affects some people on some days and not others. Mostly it is considered that it is a combination of anxiety present anxiety and food. However, any of the reasons is not entirely clear yet. They are considered safe until the heartbeats are rapid which can trigger the anxiety.
  • Lightheadedness and Feeling Full: There is a high tendency of a body to slow down after consuming the meal. Many a times it is also referred to as the food coma. When you have anxiety and panic attack, there will be changes in how you feel such as the light-headedness that can trigger the anxiety. One might not even realize when they are becoming light-headed or fatigued, but the body will know the immediate change that would lead to more anxiety.
  • Indigestion: Technically, it is not a physical symptom, the indigestion can start when you start eating. It may also lead to problems, stomach discomforts, chest pains, bloating and many more issues that can trigger anxiety. There are theories that denote that anxiety make the body digest food poorly, which leads to more indigestion. It is the reason the anxiety stops after eating more foods.
  • Food Sensitivities: Sensitivity of certain food can cause irritability, anxiety or other effects such as a shift in the mood. The reason for the sensitivity of the food is the additives such as artificial flavoring, preserving or food coloring that is added to it. Some people experience a physical reaction when the sensitivity is developed, it can trigger a shift in the mood as well as the anxiety.

There are many other physical sensations that can occur as well. People who have sensitivities to certain foods may experience other symptoms that trigger the anxiety. Someone who has diabetes will also have physical sensations. One that ingest caffeine may also suffer from increased heart palpitation with various other physical symptoms. These entire factors might contribute to triggering the anxiety.

Generalized Anxiety And Gut (The Second Brain)

Brain controls the digestion of the food. Along with the brain, even nervous system and other hormones released in the gut controls digestion of the food. Even before you initiate eating, the signal is sent from the brain to the stomach via nerves. This signal causes the stomach to make the gastric juice from the food arriving. When the food reaches the stomach the special cells that detect changes, i.e., receptor sends the signals of their own. The signal is sent by the receptors cause more gastric juice to release and contraction of muscular.

It is possible that after eating there is something activated in the gut, which makes the mind experience the anxiety. It is always better to have healthy food when you have anxiety because of this reason. Well, there is no evidence to the effect of the diet on anxiety, but one reason for healthy eating is that if you are healthier than you feel good, and you will even have less anxiety.

Study By McMaster University:

The researchers from the McMaster University have found a link between the behavior and gut bacteria. The researchers at the University of the McMaster have evidence that the bacteria, which resides in the gut influences the brain behavior and chemistry.

It is important since there is some common type of gastrointestinal disease, which includes irritable bowel syndrome that is associated with the anxiety, depression. Due to abnormal bacterial, there can be some psychiatric disorders like late-onset autism.

7 Diet Suggestions For Regulating Anxiety Attacks Because Of Food:

Any changes in diet cannot cure anxiety, but you should know what could help you. These steps should be followed:

  1. Eat A Breakfast That Includes Some Protein: Protein will help you to feel fuller for longer as well as keep blood sugar steady.
  2. Eat Complex Carbohydrates: It increases the amount of serotonin in the brain that has calm effects. Eat food like oatmeal, whole-grain breads, quinoa and whole-grain cereals that are rich in carbohydrates.
  3. Drink Plenty Of Water: Mild dehydration can affect mood.
  4. Limit Or Avoid Alcohol: Effect of alcohol is calming at the start, but later it can make the body edgy.
  5. Limit Or Avoid Caffeine: Avoid beverages that have caffeine. They make you feel nervous and jittery.
  6. Pay Attention To Food Sensitivities: Some food can cause unpleasant physical reaction. This reaction can cause anxiety, irritability or mood shifts.
  7. Try To Eat Healthy, Balanced Meals: It is important for overall mental and physical health. Eat appropriate quantity of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Certain changes in the diet can make some difference in a sense of well-being or general mood, but it is not an alternate for treatment. If you have anxiety which is severe and troubles you regularly, you might need a counselor, treatment or other medications.

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Last Modified On: July 25, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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