Consuming too much sugar
Too many sweet treats, such as pop and candy, can send your blood sugar levels on an unpleasant roller coaster ride. “Sugar appears to be associated with increased anxiety, but it’s more of an immediate effect,” says Nielsen. Sugar triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for emotional response, and the ability to experience pleasure. “It gives you that high spike and then drops down. It’s the effects of sugar leaving the body that increases anxiety,” says Nielsen.
Individuals who experience panic attacks could confuse the shakes from a drop in blood sugar levels with symptoms of an impending attack. To kick sugar’s quivery effect, fuel up on healthy snacks. Aim for veggies like carrots and red pepper with a small portion of hummus, or apple slices with a bit of peanut butter.