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5 Foods That May Be Increasing Your Stress Levels

Food can be used as comfort sometimes if you feel extra stressed or in need of a break. A piece of chocolate or maybe your favourite chips can seem like the solution. However, there are many foods that can increase stress levels without you even knowing it.

Let’s go over 5 foods that may be increasing your stress levels.


Caffeine increases cortisol levels, which can lead to rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. These feelings can trigger stress and anxiety levels, causing them to increase. If you have caffeine late in the day, it can also affect how well you sleep, leading to fatigue-induced stress. Therefore, it is best to limit yourself to 1-2 cups a day.


Alcohol is technically a depressant, meaning it can act as a sedative. However, if consumed in excess, alcohol can heighten your stress or anxiety levels. This can last a couple hours as the alcohol leaves your body. It can also decrease serotonin levels, which can also contribute to feelings of unhappiness and depression.

Processed Meat

Deli meats, hot dogs, sausage and beef jerky, are all examples of processed meats that can provoke stress. These foods are loaded with preservatives and sodium, which can decrease energy levels and increase stress levels. It is better to choose leaner meats that are healthier.


Having sugar can lead to spikes in cortisol levels, which is a hormone known as the stress hormone. When your cortisol levels spike, there tends to be an imbalance of blood sugar levels. This is what causes you to feel extra stressed.


Salt is one way to add more flavour to your food. However, excess sodium can put more stress on your heart, resulting in higher stress levels. Try to consume as little salt as possible to ensure your body remains calm and relaxed.

To learn about more healthy eating habits to help you healthily lose weight, visit your nearest Herbal One Centre and speak to one of our nutrition counsellors.

If you liked this blog, check out this one on, “How Body Image Can Affect Your Mental Health.”


If you have any questions or concerns, stop by, call, or email your Herbal One centre and our qualified counsellors will be happy to give you tips and some great ideas that will help reach your weight loss goals.

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