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Good Mood Food - Is Food Intolerance behind your winter blues?

We 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.

1 in 4 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.

“Most people are aware that a healthy diet is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other physical health problems. Recent evidence also suggests that good nutrition is just as important for our mental health and that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors; this body of evidence linking diet with mental health is growing. A healthy diet can help recovery and lift your mood, although it should always sit alongside any treatments recommended by your doctor.” Eva Cyhlarova, Research Director, Mental Health Foundation

So how is it that the food we eat can have such a significant impact on our mood? Dr. Gill Hart, Scientific Director at YorkTest Laboratories, explains.

“Many people will not be aware that 90% of serotonin, the brain’s ‘happy hormone’ is produced in the gut, and that the nervous tissue in our gut does much more than merely handling digestion – it is heavily involved in influencing our mental state. It is for these reasons that the gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’. In addition, research has shown that depression is frequently associated with gastrointestinal inflammation – a common symptom of food intolerance. By tackling unidentified food intolerances, not only will physical symptoms benefit, but mental health symptoms can often show significant improvement.”

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.

A First Step Test is available for the offer price of £9.99 (usually £19.99). Following the First Step, if your result is positive you can then progress to either the FoodScan, which tests for intolerances to 113 trigger foods for £250, or the full Food&DrinkScan for £299. For a limited time, if you progress to the full Food&DrinkScan after taking the First Step, the initial test price will be discounted from the cost of your full test.

Food&DrinkScan is available to buy online or by phone for £299.

Unlike other more basic tests available, YorkTest customers will be fully supported with their dietary changes. Food&DrinkScan offers comprehensive patient support that includes:
• Two telephone consultations with a BANT registered nutritional therapist who will offer specific individual advice
• Help on how to incorporate the recommended diet changes
• A 12 week food diary with diet tips to help sufferers keep track of the changes they are making to their diet.

Food&DrinkScan can be purchased from www.yorktest.com or by calling free phone 0800 074 6185.

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