When we feel stress, our immune system is more vulnerable. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system and our body’s ability to fight off antigens is decreased. There are many ways to relieve stress – one of them is through what we eat!

Foods to eat when stressed that can help you relax

Chamomile Tea is amazing for stress relief and inducing sleep. Studies have shown it decreases anxiety and produces a sense of calm.

Dark Chocolate contains cocoa which is full of flavonoids, which relax blood vessels and lower cholesterol. It can also reduce your stress hormones and cortisol.

Kale and other leafy greens contain folate, which produces dopamine. This pleasure-inducing brain chemical helps you keep calm. Kale is also rich in beta-carotene, repairing cells and body tissue.

Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical that helps you overcome stress.

Pumpkin Seeds are an excellent source of magnesium and zinc. Magnesium regulates your sleep, so consuming pumpkin seeds may help reduce insomnia.

Turkey Breast contains tryptophan, which aids serotonin production and helps you sleep.

Yogurt is full of probiotics, which support gut health. Studies have shown that the brain sends signals to your gut. Thus, when you are stressed, your gastrointestinal (GI) system can become inflamed. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, are also great additions for gut health.


  • Hi Erin, Thank you for sharing such great information. I loved learning that Dark Chocolate can be a stress reliever. It’s one of the things that I love eating! Keep sharing!!! xoxo, ~ Dawn

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