5 Foods That Make You Feel Stressed Out

You might be feeling stressed out and thinking it’s got to be your job, relationship or schedule. But did you know that certain foods can actually cause stress?

Avoid These Foods and Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

In her article for Clean Plates Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh provides some insight from Dr. Mark PitStick, author of Radiant Wellness (endorsed by Deepok Chopra and others), on what happens when we consume these types of foods.

Through 40 years of practice, he’s discovered that certain foods cause his patients stress. The reason: these foods cause the body to work harder, and “that causes us to not handle generalized stress as well,” says Pitstick. “When body and mind are not in balance, that’s when people get stressed out about the little things.”

Kick these 5 stress-causing foods to the curb:

1. Refined sugars.

“Sugar is one of the number-one causes of inflammation,” says Pitstick. “That inflammation is an underlying stressor that can cause both physical and mental symptoms.”

2. Processed conventional wheat.

“Working with tens of thousands of patients, I’ve found a lot of problems with wheat,” says Pitstick. Think: diarrhea, excess gas, abdominal bloating, joint swelling, depression, fatigue and brain fog—all of which make it  hard to handle everyday stressors. If you’re gluten-intolerant, you’ll need to avoid wheat entirely, but Pitstick notes that many of his patients discovered it wasn’t gluten, but conventional wheat that caused problems.

Pitstick recommends trying Ezekiel bread saying sprouted breads are easier on the digestive tract. We also like Angelic Bakehouse sprouted bread; it has a great taste and texture.

3. Unfermented soy. Most soy in the United States is GMO, grown with chemicals and inexpensive. The healthy soy eaten in Asian countries is the fermented type: miso, tempeh, and natto. The problem with unfermented soy is that it contains phytic acid which can interfere with nutrient absorption. Pitstick also recommends sticking with the organic form to avoid the herbicides and pesticides used to grow conventional soy.

4. Factory farmed eggs. Eggs from pastured-chickens, allowed to eat insects and other natural food, have more nutrients than eggs from conventionally-raised chickens, which are raised in crowded and stressful conditions.

Pitstick argues, “how can animals raised in those conditions have healthy eggs?”

5. Factory farmed dairy. Pitstick recommends certified raw milk if it’s legal in your state. Factory farm dairy cows can be fed grain (even GMO), antibiotics and bovine growth hormones. People who drink conventional milk have more mucus, headaches and gastrointestinal issues which keeps them from feeling their best and dealing comfortably with the stresses of life. If you can’t get raw milk, try to find “pasture-raised” or “grass-fed” organic milk. To that we’ll add milk that’s been pasteurized using low-temperature vat pasteurization, which holds the milk at 145 degrees for 30 minutes. This kind of pasteurization doesn’t damage the milk proteins, has more enzymes and better taste. We recommend Kalona all-natural organic milk because they truly do go beyond organic: homogenized, low-temperature pasteurized, GMO-free, and grass-fed.

About Laura

Laura is passionate about food from real farmers and artisans. She lives with her husband in Grand Rapids on the river. Sometimes it flows over, but mostly she is greeted by the ducks, geese and her neighbor's chickens. They like to hop up on her windowsill and eat the spiders. Yay! She's the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company.

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