Foods that Lower Stress:
• Sugar-free Chocolate. It has caffeine-like chemicals. If eaten after lunch it may disturb sleep.
• Nutritional Yeast – B vitamins specifically vitamin B1. Put in your food. (It comes in tablets or powder)
• Celery – It has a chemical that helps lower blood pressure, helps you sleep and feel calmer.
• Fermented Drink (Kombucha) – It gives a calming effect on the nervous. Do not consume more than a half of a glass in one time because it is very acidic, you could shift your pH to being too acidic and your pulse rate will start getting higher.
• High Quality Bacon (Pork) – Any high quality pork in general have vitamin B1.
• Egg Yolk – Certain hormones, specifically cortisol, help deal with stress are made from cholesterol.
• Asparagus – High in B1 and a really good fiber for your microbes
Foods that Increase Stress:
• Sugar – D depletes your B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and your stress when you have the resulting sugar crash.
• Refined Grains – Depletes certain B vitamins and stress you up to 5-20 minutes later.
• Starches – Like grains it depletes vitamins. You feel good until the sugar crash.
• Alcohol – it will deplete certain nutrients that will increase stress a day later or two days later because alcohol in general is notorious for depleting your B vitamins.
• Excess Coffee – More than 1 cup.
• Low Fat Diets – Fat is needed as a precursor to hormones that help counter stress.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, The Best Foods for Stress Relief
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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