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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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.


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  1. @C.N.1 on November 17, 2023 at 11:13 am

    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!

    • @RobsEclecticMedia on November 17, 2023 at 12:34 pm

      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.

    • @maruf7956 on November 17, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      ​@@RobsEclecticMediawhat’s wrong with eating 3 meals

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 18, 2023 at 8:30 am

      @@maruf7956It’s fine if growing up, pregnant or such. See Dr Berg’s videos on the benefits of fasting correctly.

    • @RobsEclecticMedia on November 21, 2023 at 12:14 am

      It has to do with frequency of eating being linked to insulin resistance. Ever since I cut out the 3rd meal years ago. I feel a thousand times better and healthier. I was 114 pounds overweight a decade ago and never felt better. @@maruf7956

  2. @HeleneNutrientsRich on November 17, 2023 at 11:42 am

    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.

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      Wonderful! So glad to hear that!

  3. @user-bb1lj3ib9q on November 17, 2023 at 11:44 am

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

  4. @q34dana on November 17, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    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.

  5. @packer812 on November 17, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    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.

    • @seekingserenity1902 on November 17, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      What fish are most fatty?

    • @masteryoda9044 on November 17, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      ​@@seekingserenity1902the lazy ones

    • @wheelofcheese100 on November 17, 2023 at 1:23 pm


    • @tnt4648 on November 17, 2023 at 1:39 pm


    • @danieljester7752 on November 17, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      @@seekingserenity1902 sardines, salmon

  6. @user-fm5vk7kl9r on November 17, 2023 at 12:50 pm

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

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for watching!

  7. @joybellepalanca1402 on November 17, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    💚 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….

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      Glad it helps!

  8. @chocolatefaerie on November 17, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    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

    • @nancybaumgartner6774 on November 17, 2023 at 1:37 pm

      I raise chickens as well for eggs and goats for milk/cheese. Nothing like your own healthy food sources!

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 2:41 pm

      Fantastic! 🥚

    • @akinawakenzo745 on November 17, 2023 at 7:43 pm

      Do you eat the eggs raw or ?. Please suggest.

    • @chocolatefaerie on November 17, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      @akinawakenzo745  I personally never est them raw, not only it’s slimy and gross, it could also carry salmonella and other bacteria, just not worth it

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 18, 2023 at 8:33 am

      @@nancybaumgartner6774Awesome! I’d love to have sheeps and goats too but I need to get better fences 😂

  9. @ms.yvonne on November 17, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    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!

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

    • @rebeccabriggs2982 on November 17, 2023 at 8:26 pm

      What to do when one has noone to hug or be hugged by! I do have 4 cats so I like to think that helps but I often imagine how soothing it would feel to be hugged or touched by a loved one.

    • @megmodaff5989 on November 18, 2023 at 3:30 am

      ​@rebeccabriggs2982 gazing at one another, with your pet, increases oxytocin in both you and your pet

    • @rebeccabriggs2982 on November 18, 2023 at 4:39 am

      @megmodaff5989  thank you. Just read this as cat is on my legs doing just that

    • @ms.yvonne on November 18, 2023 at 6:32 am

      cuddling your pets does activate oxytocin too! So enjoy your feline company ♡ @@rebeccabriggs2982

  10. @fidelcatsro6948 on November 17, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    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! 🐱👍🏿

    • @nancybaumgartner6774 on November 17, 2023 at 1:36 pm

      Watch the oxalates with the dark leafy greens. Spinach, chard , and rhubarb are the highest in oxalate .

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      My pleasure!

    • @abukitty on November 17, 2023 at 3:23 pm

      Having more Eggs a day (at least 6 eggs a day) than the AHA recommended amount elevated my serum methylcobolamine levels (917 pg/ml) in a good way. My callus dry feet is gone and has become soft

    • @maggieh3369 on November 17, 2023 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you OP

    • @pamelatimbush3762 on November 17, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Fidel I was having a hard time reading his board even with my contacts in 😢 so I appreciate you typing this up for us!
      I sure wish Dr. Berg would answer my question I’ve asked more times than I can count about WHY Sauerkraut causes me to have migraines!!! Because he constantly tells us how great it is for our systems and I love it I just can’t eat it because of the fact it gives me horrible migraines as does pickles…I wonder if it is because of the vinegar in them?🤔
      That’s the only thing I can think of and I do know I learned about the pickles from a old Neurologist and because I forgot one time he mentioned it to me that pickles were a trigger for them whoa was that a big reminder after eating 4-5 of the best tasting dill pickles I ever ate getting one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had I still remember that one to this day.
      Gosh I’d love to reap the benefits of sauerkraut if only I could eat it again like when I was a child.
      But I will bump up my eggs (sorry can’t eat organ meats ew😖🤢).
      Thanks again Fidel

  11. @AS-qc4bg on November 17, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    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!

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I hope it helps.

    • @Mika-El- on November 18, 2023 at 6:10 am

      Check out Somatic Experience.
      So much we cannot get at with diet.

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 18, 2023 at 8:31 am

      He’s made more videos on the vagus nerve and its relationship with digestion.

  12. @greenhumane7886 on November 17, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the list. Ever since I have taken care of my adrenal gland, I feel much better. Going to doctors visits were useless. I got all the knowledge from watching your videos.

  13. @CarbageMan on November 17, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve been concerned about cortisol and my heart rate variability so this is timely. I try to do what I can to improve my stress, and thought I was doing fairly well, but my HRV seems to confirm I’m not where I want to be. Guess I’ll get my cortisol tested and eat more of these foods. I’ll have to consider behavioral adjustments too, I guess, and look into how I can change my exercise.

  14. @giuliana5888 on November 17, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for such valuable content! Beautifully explained. Much gratitude to you, Dr Berg 🙏

    • @Drberg on November 17, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      Most welcome! Glad you liked it!

  15. @seemasikdar4168 on November 17, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg. You have helped me regain a new life. I’ve lost around 44 pounds doing keto diet and IF. Would like to know more about the HRV and how one could measure it at home.

  16. @Birdiensmnam on November 17, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for all these videos and your time and effort. You are right Dr Berg with all the health topics you are putting out here. Thank you for giving me tools for improving my health. ❤

  17. @Mainecoon_Izzy on November 17, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    Many thanks Dr. Berg 💙⭐️💙
    Following your lead has been life changing for me.
    Finally learning how to eat, & how to function without pharmaceuticals⭐️✅

    I’m finally thriving, not just surviving ♥️⭐️♥️
    Blessings to all🌻

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 18, 2023 at 8:00 am

      So cool to read 🎉🎉🎉

  18. @dressseller on November 17, 2023 at 11:26 pm

    Dr. Berg, your nutritional yeast is absolutely delicious not only in salads, but sprinkled on top of my fried or scrambled eggs and sometimes I love mixing it in with my sauerkraut too. I make my salad dressing from raw cream and raw milk kefir with Sea salt, garlic, and dill spice and when the nutritional yeast hits my salad in this dressing… Well…Just a delicious product… Thank you so much.

    • @james1795 on November 18, 2023 at 1:09 am

      How do you make scrambled eggs without frying them?

  19. @missn111 on November 18, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Thank you Doctor, you are truly deserving of that title. Your advice is saving lives and helping people take control of their health.

  20. @richagomes8723 on November 18, 2023 at 8:41 am

    Hi Dr. Berg… I am very thankful to you for uploading such amazing content. I have been following your videos. Especially Keto diet… I have lost 10kgs in less than 2 months and I feel great. No carb cravings at all. I have PCOD .. would really appreciate if you could do a special video on diet and supplements for PCOD women. Great work !

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on November 18, 2023 at 12:49 pm

      Dr Berg made a few videos on PCOD, PCOS, and situations connected with this.

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