Foods that Cause Stress

by | Sep 16, 2015 | Nutrition, Resource Center

Stress is a highly subjective and can differ for each of us. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently.  It often begins by having more to do than you can handle. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger and makes hormones that speed up your heart.  You then breathe faster, and experience a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight.  Stress is often nothing to worry about, but if it happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects on your health.  Foods can also contribute to your stress by over stimulating liver and increasing blood sugar levels.


Here is a list of foods that can stress you out:

1.  Alcohol  – stimulates the secretion of adrenaline

2.  Caffeine  – stimulates the secretion of adrenaline

3.  Refined and processed foods –  depletes vitamins (breads and flours)

4.  Dairy products  – contains casein, bad for digestion

5.  Fatty foods  – bad fats stress the cardiovascular system

6.  Sweets  – can exhaust adrenal glands

7.  Salty foods  – increases blood pressure

8.  Red Meat  – elevates dopamine and norepinephrine

9.  Margarines  – increase cholesterol

10.  Additives  – bad chemicals and preservatives

11.  Spicy foods  – irritants to stomach lining


20 symptoms that you may be stressed:

1.  Jaw clenching

2.  Headaches

3.  Tremors, hands

4.  Cold or sweaty hands, feet

5.  Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

6.  Rashes

7.  Allergy attacks

8.  Stomach pain, heartburn

9.  Nausea

10.  Panic attacks

11.  Ringing, buzzing

12.  Flatulence

13.  Constipation, Diarrhea

14.  Chest pain

15.  Difficulty breathing

16.  Poor sexual performance

17.  Frequent urination

18.  Increased anger

19.  Change in appetite

20.  Depression


9 ways to reduce stress:

1.  Find the cause

2.  Manage your time

3.  Find easier ways of doing things

4.  Get plenty of rest

5.  Eat healthy

6.  Don’t worry about things you can’t change

7.  Don’t smoke

8.  Talk to family and friends about your problems

9.  Ask for help from others