Top healthy foods that relieve stress

Top healthy foods that relieve stress

Some foods and drinks can help to alleviate stress naturally.

If you are on a weight loss journey, you’ll know that nutrition is a key part of the process. A balanced diet high in whole foods goes a long way in helping you reach and maintain your ideal body weight. But did you know that certain foods have stress-relieving properties as well? Read on to find out more about the foods and drinks that are great for both your physical and emotional health…

Sweet potatoes

According to research, sweet potatoes, which are rich in nutrients, may reduce cortisol levels, the stress hormone. One study found that overweight or obese women who ate a diet high in nutrient-dense carbohydrates (like sweet potatoes) had considerably lower salivary cortisol levels than those who ate a diet high in refined carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes contain numerous nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium, and are also a great energy source.


Made from fermented cabbage and radish, kimchi is a Korean dish containing probiotics and plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Studies show that fermented foods may help lower stress and anxiety levels, while research also suggests that foods rich in probiotics may benefit both gut and mental health.

Matcha powder

Matcha powder, made from green tea leaves, is well-loved around the world for its healthy properties. It’s packed with antioxidants, as well as a non-protein amino acid known as L-theanine. Studies show that high concentrations of L-theanine may reduce the activity of salivary alpha-amylase, a stress marker. So, why not try a cup of stress-relieving green tea?


Eggs are an excellent source of protein and are packed with nutrients. They contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, and are an excellent choice for healthy eating. One of the nutrients found in eggs is choline, which helps maintain brain health and may even help with stress response and boost mood. For a nutritious meal, enjoy a boiled egg for breakfast, or add one to your salad or sandwich.


If you enjoy shellfish, you’ll be pleased to know that it may have some mood-boosting properties. Shellfish like oysters and mussels contain high levels of an amino acid known as taurine, which is essential for stress response regulation. Some studies even suggest that taurine may have some antidepressant effects. Shellfish also contain some other mood-boosting nutrients, including zinc, copper, selenium, manganese and vitamin B12.

How can we help?

At Surgical Weight Loss Centre, our team can assist with all aspects of your weight loss journey. We offer several weight loss procedures and follow-up care as you work towards reaching and maintaining healthy body weight.

Part of our service includes information and advice regarding nutrition, and our support team includes two qualified dieticians who are available to guide you as you adapt to a new lifestyle following surgery.

To see the full range of weight loss procedures that we offer, please have a look here.

For more information on the steps involved in the weight loss journey, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Benowa and helping you improve your overall health.