6 Foods that Lower Cortisol


Try these foods to lower stress and cortisol and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.


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0:00 Introduction: How to lower cortisol
0:18 What is cortisol?
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8:58 Learn more about how to reduce cortisol and stress!

I’ve done a lot of videos on cortisol, especially as it relates to the adrenal body type or adrenal glands. But I haven’t done a video on the foods that lower cortisol. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Of course, there are a lot of benefits to reducing cortisol, but we’re not going to get into that today. Instead, I want to cover the foods that can help you lower cortisol naturally.

Cortisol adapts the body to a stress state. It's important to note that the body doesn’t know the difference between mental stress and physical stress.

A high level of sugar in your blood affects cortisol and adrenaline. In other words, consuming sugar, refined carbs, and starches keeps you in stress mode.

On the flip side, the Healthy Keto® diet and intermittent fasting help lower cortisol and promote a sense of calm.

The best foods to lower cortisol and stress:
1. Egg yolks
2. Organ meats
3. Nutritional yeast or sunflower seeds
4. Dark leafy green vegetables
5. Salmon and other fatty fish
6. Probiotics and fermented foods (sauerkraut, kefir, pickles, kimchi)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and 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.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the best foods to lower stress and cortisol. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • tjhammer24 says:

    Nothing beats ashwaghanda for me (granted yes its an herb not food as discussed here)

  • CN says:

    At this point, eating 2 meals a day just feels like a huge holiday feast. I feel so good and build alot of muscle with 1 meal a day! Also, I don’t feel like a “Twilight Zone Zombie” or throw carb induced tantrums! ❤ Healthy Keto! Thank You kindly, Dr. Berg!

    • Rob's Eclectic Media says:

      I am glad I wasn’t the only one noticing such amazing results with muscle growth. I am not doing OMAD, but I have noticed that when I work out during IF, eat my 2 meals, then come back the following morning – I see incredible results. It’s hard to explain, but the muscles just look fuller, healthier and stronger even compared to my younger days.

  • Mary Sh says:

    Perfect as always. Thank you.

  • Linda A says:

    I LOVE and ENJOY this Food LIst!! Thank you Dr. Berg!! 🩷

  • V T says:

    I have been wondering what foods can lower cortisol and now I get it. I have been eating these foods and didn’t realize that it help. I always feel relaxed after eating these foods. Thank you so much for confirmation.

  • Shiv Shiv says:

    Thank you very much doctor sir 🙏

  • Helene Nutrients Rich says:

    thank you so much Dr Berg. All your videos on cortisol, stress, stress relief, D3&K2 ect, helped me a lot for so many issues.

  • Levon Guyumjian says:

    Dr Berg I will be honest with you more then three months I stopped eating all kinds of sweets including fruits, I eat only two meals a day. Every weekend I’m trying to go one meal a day, I succeed in first two weeks but I feel body is fighting back I feel even hungrier. I lost 23 pounds easily, some apparent reason my body is fighting back, still keeping the same diet two meals a day but it slow down my weight loss, it went down one pound a week, I was able have regular bowl movements now that kind of got messed up, I don’t know why I’m having difficulty with number two, still I’m not eating sweets or pasta, bread, any suggestions Dr Berg how to correct my bowl movement?

    • Patti Reznik says:

      If you are hungry, eat. You may not be losing weight because you’re not eating enough food, your body thinks it’s starving and holds onto body fat. Eat until you are comfortably full every time you eat.

    • Murray McGregor says:

      Eat more animal fat, butter or get beef trimmings from a butcher for cheap. That was the ultimate constipation cure for me. It really lubricates the system and softens the stool. You will also feel less hunger with the fat

    • N L says:

      If your digestion has become a matter of constipation dominance, I would suggest getting on a very well-rated probiotic/prebiotic complex. I would also eat a teaspoon or two of Kimchi daily. You may want to investigate additional supplements such as Magnesium Glycinate. I would abstain from all forms of bread and nuts, as well. If you want to experiment further, try adding Nutritional Yeast to your water once or twice per day – but don’t go overboard. Lastly, you may wish to try a crushed, fresh garlic clove once or twice per day. Just be strategic in your approach.

  • अज्ञेय says:

    You articulate quite technical things in a very simple way. Impressive as always.

  • Dana Nuch says:

    Great information. Thanks for continuing to make content like this. I like hearing about the foods I can add that nutritionally correct what might be going on with me.

  • packer812 says:

    I eat an omelette with fatty fish, tomatoes and kale every morning and I have never felt better. No cravings or hunger until lunch at 2PM (usually a salad with meat). Then I eat a light dinner around 7pm and a glass of kefir with berries before bed. I am 55 and feel better than I ever did in my 20’s and 30’s.

  • Cybele Willis says:

    Dr. Berg=a wealth of knowledge! So thankful for you! ❤

  • Ελ Λιν says:

    Dr Eric, I have a question,I’m in ketosis and tried B1 and it gave me massive and I mean really severe brain fog , do you suggest any reason why?

  • Joybelle Palanca says:

    💚 Thank you Dr Berg, I have been researching exactly on this topic and your explanation and recommendations are easy to understand and practical….. Kind regards from South Australia….

  • Jenny D says:

    All I did was adding 3 or 4 eggs into my daily diet. These are layed by my free range hens running around in the garden. Makes me feel full and kept the weight loss off and stable for a year now. I lost 10kg from 68 to 58kg

  • Yvonne Mittelsten-Scheidt says:

    Great information as always: thank you so much, Dr. Berg! Strengthening the parasympathic system and its ruler, the vagus nerve, can also be achieved through breathing techniques, singing, meditation, mindfulness, using weight blankets and even hugging (oxytocin as a counteracting hormone to cortisol). It would be so cool if you could make a video about that. ♡ Best wishes to you!

  • fidel catsro says:

    The best foods to lower cortisol and stress:
    1. Egg yolks
    2. Organ meats
    3. Nutritional yeast or sunflower seeds
    4. Dark leafy green vegetables
    5. Salmon and other fatty fish
    6. Probiotics and fermented foods (sauerkraut, kefir, pickles, kimchi)

    Thank you Dr Berg! 🐱👍🏿

  • Moni says:

    I eat all of that except sunflower seeds and leafy greens. I make my own Sauerkraut. Liver comes from our neighbors grass finished cows. I haven’t noticed any benefits eating it. I will still eat those foods because I like it. I’m female, 59 and my belly fat does not budge, no matter what diet I eat, how much I exercise. I’ve struggled with being fat all my life. I don’t care anymore. Nothing works anyway.

  • A S says:

    8:05 sending HUGS!! Dr Berg and team, I am SO appreciative of you!! Thank you for bringing up the vagal nerve. Someone in my life lives daily with malfunctioning of this nerve with respect to digestion. I’ll pass this along. Keep shining! You are brightening up millions of lives daily. What a legacy! Thank you!

  • Thixuan Levu says:

    ❤❤🙏 Thanks alot dr Berg.Your information is always useful plus informative.

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