Does food intolerance give you the winter blues?

Stomach painWe all make emotional connections with the foods we eat, but many of us don’t realise just how direct the link is between food and our mood. It may surprise you to know that most of the happy hormone serotonin is actually produced in the gut, not the brain, and as such issues of food intolerance can significantly impact on our mood and mental wellbeing.

One in four people in the UK will suffer problems with their mood or mental health every year, with anti-depressant prescriptions increasing by over 40% in the last 5 years. According to charity Allergy UK, a shocking 45% of us suffer with food and drink intolerances, and with so many people in the UK suffering with low mood, identifying the root cause is essential to treat the problem.

Recent research from YorkTest Laboratories, leading experts in food intolerance testing, has found that 97% of their customers reported problems relating to mood as a significant symptom of their food intolerance, of which 73% felt that their mood had significantly improved after altering their diets to remove foods to which they reacted.

In addition, in a recent paper published in the journal of Nutrition and Food Science, over 81% of patients reported a significant improvement in mood and mental wellbeing as a direct consequence of applying the dietary changes recommended by YorkTest.

Commenting on the link between food intolerance and mood, Professor Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology, University Hospital of South Manchester, said: “Of the relaxation therapies available, we find that hypnotherapy can be very helpful when it comes to treating IBS. The link between mood and gut symptoms is clear and hypnosis not only helps to reduce anxiety but also has a direct effect upon the gut, thereby reducing symptoms”.

To help identify potentially mood suppressing food intolerances, help is at hand from YorkTest Laboratories, Europe’s leading provider of food and drink intolerance testing with over 30 years’ experience. The YorkTest food and drink intolerance test called Food&DrinkScan can uncover potential food and drink triggers, allowing people to simply modify their diets with life changing health benefits.

Food&DrinkScan measures reactions to 158 foods and also ingredients found in beverages.