As people with food allergies well know, the foods we eat can have a significant impact on physical well-being. According to new research, food can also impact moods and mental well-being.
According to Allergy UK, one of the symptoms of food intolerance is low mood. Research from YorkTest Laboratories, which develops food intolerance tests, found that as many as 97 percent of people with food intolerance report issues related to mood as a significant symptom of food intolerance. After changing their diet to eliminate problem foods, 73 percent felt that their mood had significantly improved.
A recent paper published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Science found that 81 percent of patients reported significant improvements in mental well-being and mood as a direct result of dietary changes recommended following YorkTest food intolerance testing.
Why Does Food Impact Mood?
How does food have such a significant impact on mood? According toThe Independent,complex connections between the brain and gut are regulated through nerves, hormones and the immune system. For example, 90 percent of the body’s serotonin, a key hormone affecting happiness, is produced in the gut.
In addition, research has shown that depression is frequently associated with gastrointestinal inflammation, a common symptom of food intolerance.