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Chocolate <> hyper-vigilance

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Eating chocolate (72%> cocoa content) daily boosts hypervigilance. Meaning my focus becomes more narrow, I have an impending sense of doom (or something bad is going to happen) and my stress levels increase.

Are there more people with the same problem? How does chocolate influence stress levels? What is it in chocolate that does this? (I looked and found several things, I'd love your opinion, especially of the scientificly inclined) Is there a way to enjoy chocolate without these problems?

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on September 15, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Domtx008, did you solve your doom and fatalism <> chocolate? It might be related to insufficient GABA levels; GABA may decline with chocolate consumption. See my latest post on taurine for more.

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:58 PM

no, I don't think it's the caffeine. I've noticed the same symtoms. I cut down on my coffee recently with no improvement.

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:56 PM

thank you for this post! I've noticed the same thing. Doom and fatalism with chocolate. I hadn't put the two together until recently.

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on June 08, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Michael may deserve the check mark then. I eat oysters, in addition to everything else he mentions.

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on June 08, 2013
at 06:38 PM

I can't sleep when I eat dark chocolate. Even if I eat it at 8 am. I get a very nervous energy that lasts at least 24 hours. I don't think it's the caffeine, bc I also drink coffee, and that doesn't bother me. I really hate it, bc it's the only real paleo "treat" that I love.

D8644ecc819aa7fb98ed93eece4befa2

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:45 PM

Thank you so much for this clear answer!

D8644ecc819aa7fb98ed93eece4befa2

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:44 PM

No, I don't find myself hungry two hours later.

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:13 PM

A chocolate bar to break your fast? Breakfast of champions! ;-)

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:25 PM

Cocoa is very high in copper, and some the symptoms you describe have been linked to having imbalanced copper/zinc ratios. If you eat a lot of chocolate regularly in addition to other copper rich foods (eg liver), and do not also eat say oysters (one of the only high sources of zinc), then it's possible you have an imbalance that's contributing to you having the symptoms you mention. Two possible 'conditions' relating to such symptoms are 'pyroluria' and 'Wilson's syndrome'. Check out this link - there may well be something useful for you there

http://chriskresser.com/rhr-could-copper-zinc-imbalance-be-making-you-sick

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:45 PM

Thank you so much for this clear answer!

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:36 PM

I would think it's mostly the caffeine (with a bit of sugar, depending on what you're eating) that is ramping up your stress response.

673f7ad6052448d51496f177395416b7

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on July 12, 2013
at 03:58 PM

no, I don't think it's the caffeine. I've noticed the same symtoms. I cut down on my coffee recently with no improvement.

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on June 08, 2013
at 12:16 PM

I've been having 90% bars at around 10am for my 1st meal of the day. No impending sense of doom. No hypervigilance. Have you been watching the news? There are a lot of non-food related reasons to feel an impending sense of doom.

Maybe there's still to much sugar in yours. Do you find yourself hungry two hours later?

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on June 08, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Michael may deserve the check mark then. I eat oysters, in addition to everything else he mentions.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:13 PM

A chocolate bar to break your fast? Breakfast of champions! ;-)

D8644ecc819aa7fb98ed93eece4befa2

(281)

on June 08, 2013
at 03:44 PM

No, I don't find myself hungry two hours later.

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