Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

6 key effects of stress on the body

It’s natural to feel stressed at different times in our lives. From micro stresses such as deadlines and traffic to more prolonged episodes of difficulty, we all succumb to the negative aspects of anxiety from time to time.

When we feel stressed, the stress hormone cortisol is released into the body as part of our ‘fight or flight’ response. Whilst this is natural, too much stress can have a negative impact on our health.

From our skin to our digestion, the tell-tale indicators of stress can manifest in many ways and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs.

Lowered immunity

Feel like you’re always under the weather? When we’re experiencing prolonged bouts of stress, immune cells can be suppressed, reducing our ability to fight off germs. This makes us more vulnerable to infections.

Increasing levels of stress in our busy, never-shut-off lives means we’re at higher risk of autoimmune conditions as our immune systems are put under pressure.

Skin flare ups

Cortisol can be responsible for many unwanted effects, no less bad skin. It’s thought that the stress hormone triggers inflammation in the skin, leading to issues such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

During flare ups of these nature, the impact on confidence can cause a vicious stress cycle which can be hard to break.

Low Libido and reduced fertility

When we’re stressed, passion is often the last thing on our minds. It’s not just the situation we’re in but the physical effect of the stress which can have an impact on our sex hormones.

The structure of cortisol, our stress hormone, is similar to the male and female sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. When our body sees an increase in cortisol, it regulates the other hormones in order to cope with the flood of stress which can see us kissing goodbye to amorous feelings.

Insomnia

Despite feeling tired, when you’re suffering with stress, you may notice difficulty getting off to sleep and when you do nod off, restless or disturbed sleep throughout the night, leaving you feeling less than refreshed the next day.

Stress hormones play a big part in disrupting our sleep cycles as our adrenal glands struggle to regulate. It doesn’t take much of a sleep deficit to begin to have a knock-on effect on other areas of our health.

Digestive problems

There is a good reason our gut is referred to as the ‘second brain’. The two are connected by the vagus nerve which helps explain why, when we’re nervous, our tummy tells us about it!

Stress can wreak havoc on the delicate balance in our gut, leading to many of the signs and symptoms of IBS such as bloating, constipation and diaahoea.

Food intolerances

When cells in the digestive tract are damaged, food proteins can pass through in a condition known as ‘leaky gut. This is when food intolerances can occur, leading to a host of other inflammatory responses as the immune systems send out warning responses to the perceived ‘threat’.

A compromised gut, as a result of stress, doesn’t have the necessary protective bacteria to prevent this response

Stressing about Food Intolerance? For quick results, try our simple home to laboratory test.

Smartblood Story - Julia's Intolerance to Dairy

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think dairy is causing you discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free p&p

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your symptoms then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

If you think that you may have a food intolerance then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete programme that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation