Diet and stress

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2014 Dec;37(4):579-89. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2014.08.004. Epub 2014 Sep 12.


Stress refers to a reaction given a particular stimulus. Stress is a common problem in most modern societies. Stress creates greater physiologic demands. Unhealthy eating patterns will only result in an increased level of stress, followed by further health problems if in the future if the issues are not resolved. Prolonged stress increases the metabolic needs of the body and causes many other changes. The increased metabolism can also cause an increase in the use and excretion of many nutrients. Although stress alters nutrient needs, if marginally deficient in a nutrient, stress can make that deficiency even worse.

Keywords: Diet; Minerals; Nutrition; Stress; Supplementation; Vitamins.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diet / methods*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Malnutrition / complications*
  • Malnutrition / diet therapy
  • Rats
  • Stress, Physiological / physiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*
  • Stress, Psychological / diet therapy
  • Stress, Psychological / physiopathology*
  • Vitamins / therapeutic use


  • Vitamins