Food intolerance can make you feel unwell and often impact on your work or social life. People with a hidden food intolerance or sensitivity may find that their body produces an immune response which in turn can trigger other symptoms.
If you suffer from one or more of the symptoms listed below, it could be food intolerance that is contributing to your symptoms
- Fluid Retention
- Itchi Skin
- Joint Pain
Feeling Depressed?- Food Intolerance & Depression
Could Food Intolerance Be Affecting Your Mood?
Everyone experiences ups and downs depending on what is happening with their lives. Feeling low or sad is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting. However, such feelings will usually pass. If, on the other hand, someone feels very low, day after day, week after week, and these feelings dominate their whole life, then they can become depressed. Depression is common, and about 15% of people will have a severe bout at some point in their lives. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men. Depression is a serious illness and the exact number of people with depression is hard to estimate because many people do not get help, some may have mild symptoms, or are not formally diagnosed with the condition. Depression can affect people of any age, including children. Studies have shown that 2% of teenagers in the UK are affected by depression. People with a family history of depression are more likely to experience depression themselves. Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of physical, psychological and social symptoms.
Feeling down may be linked to food intolerance
Many people seek to take control of their mental health using self-help, and to find approaches they can use alongside, or even instead of, prescribed medication. One self-help strategy is to make changes to what we eat, and there is a growing interest in how food and nutrition can affect emotional and mental health. It will come as no surprise to hear that what we eat can have a big impact on how we feel, mentally as well as physically. While depression is not caused by just one factor, eating well is a positive step in the right direction, and eliminating foods from the diet that the body has a reaction against is one way of boosting energy levels and improving mood.
Fluid Retention and Food Intolerance
Causes and Symptoms of Fluid Retention
We know that there are other factors that contribute to weight loss apart from food intolerance, however, it is clear that food intolerance, together with food input, and energy output, all contribute to energy balance in the body. The regulation of food intake in the body is a very complex process, which involves biochemical signals from many sources including the brain, gastrointestinal tract, fat stores and the pancreas.
Fluid retention symptoms can be linked to food intolerance.
Why Do I Get Migraines?
A migraine is a throbbing intense headache that usually occurs on one side of the head, although both sides may be affected in separate attacks. Migraines are painful and sometimes disabling and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and smell. Migraine headaches tend to recur; a migraine headache typically lasts 4 to 24 hours but in some cases can last up to 3 days. With an estimated 6.6 million people in the UK reporting moderate headache-related disability, the cost to the economy is significant, estimated at £1 billion per year. Studies have estimated that 90,000 people are away from work or education every day due to headache's. During a migraine attack there are changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. These changes to the blood vessels are probably what cause the pain, but migraine is still a condition that is poorly understood.
Migraines could be due to food intolerance
In many people migraines are triggered by reactions to foods. Understanding that food sensitivity can contribute to migraines, and then identifying and eliminating the trigger foods is important. Clinical studies have shown that management of the diet can reduce the severity and, or, frequency of headaches or even stop them. The problem with attempting any dietary modification is that first you need to know what to change. Currently the best accepted method for confirming food sensitivities is by elimination diet. This involves eating a restricted diet for several weeks. If there is no reduction in the frequency or intensity of the attacks during this time, it is assumed that the food type that has been restricted is not the problem and the process is repeated with another food type. This method is very time consuming, and because it is impossible to test all the different combinations of food types that may be causing the problems, it is a very ineffective process.