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Home » Harvard Health Blog » Eating well to help manage anxiety: Your questions answered - Harvard Health Blog. DOES DIET AFFECT ANXIETY? IF SO, WHAT SHOULD I EAT, AND WHICH FOODS SHOULD I TRY TO AVOID? People who suffer with anxiety should remember a few simple rules:. - Low blood sugar, poor hydration, use of alcohol, caffeine, and smoking can also precipitate or mimic symptoms of anxiety. - Eating regular meals and preventing hypoglycemic states are therefore important. - Adequately hydrating with plain water is best, at least six to eight glasses a day. - While nicotine does not cause anxiety, withdrawal from nicotine can mimic anxiety, and people with anxiety may smoke to soothe themse... Full story

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