Can food Intolerance lead to weight gain and depression?
'Food hypersensitivity' is a negative reaction from eating a particular food and can be defined as being both an intolerance and an allergy.
Our awareness of food intolerance has risen significantly in recent years with every major supermarket now offering gluten-free and diary-free options. We even have some gluten-free, diary-free cafes and restaurants which have sprung up to cater for the growing food intolerant population.
'Food hypersensitivity' is a negative reaction from eating a particular food and can be defined as being both an intolerance and an allergy. Approximately 1-10% of adults and children have this condition. Intolerance symptoms can include unpleasant reactions such as bloating, vomiting and diarrhoea which can impact a person’s quality of life, but also can lead to significantly more severe allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock which can be fatal if not treated immediately. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies.
Common foods which people have intolerance to are:
When food and drink are digested the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG).
If you are eating foods that your body can not tolerate you are also likely to gain weight and a recent study has shown that those who eliminated trigger foods based on food-specific IgG test results had reductions in weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference and improvements in all indicators of quality of life that were measured. The quality of life indicators included physical and emotional wellbeing, mental health, social life, pain levels and vitality.
For example around a quarter of people suffer from depression at some point in life, and according to Allergy UK around 45% of people show symptoms of food intolerance. This may be due to the fact that 90% of serotonin found in the body (the hormone responsible for feeling happy) is produced by the gut.
We could all do with finding out if any of the foods we are eating could be causing us to feel depressed, anxious or physically unwell. However, with the many foods and ingredients we consume each day, trying to figure out what food is causing issues is a mammoth task. Fortunately, a simple test has been developed which can be taken at home to check our tolerance to as much as 150 different food ingredients.
3fivetwo Medishop now offer four Food Intolerance Test options. These home testing kits analyse reactions to 50, 75, 100 or 150 different food ingredients.
The food intolerance tests simply require an easy-to-use finger prick blood sample using the equipment included in the pack. This is then sent in the pre-paid envelope to the Lorisian Laboratory. The results of the test are returned within 10 days using an easy to interpret traffic light system showing which foods you should avoid, those you should limit and those which are fine. This is accompanied by an explanatory letter, a guidebook along with a helpful advice sheet should you have an intolerance to any of the four more complex food types - yeast, dairy, egg or wheat/gluten.
To promote the launch of the Lorisian Food Intolerance Test Kit range on 3fivetwo Medishop we have an Exclusive Offer running until the end of August.
10% Off Food Intolerance Test Kit
Available on: All Lorisian Food Intolerance Testing Kits
Discount Code: FY1WBWWM
Offer Available Until: Friday 31st August