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Feeling SAD? Can food intolerance affect your mood?

The leaves are starting to turn. A chill is creeping into the morning air. As we kiss goodbye to summer and look to pumpkin spice lattes and snugly jumpers, we also usher in a darker side of the season.

It’s estimated that around 1 in 15 people in the UK suffer with Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD), which starts to creep in around September, as the days get shorter, and can continue to linger until spring.

SAD symptoms

The exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood although it’s generally believed that reduced sunlight during these months affects the brain’s production of melatonin and serotonin - hormones responsible for regulating your sleep patterns, appetite and mood.

This makes sense when we look at the common symptoms of the disorder. Difficulty sleeping, apathy and low mood, anxiety, depression and a weakened immune system are all problems that can be experienced by those suffering with SAD.

The link between food and mood

Whilst SAD is generally considered to be a condition related to reduced vitamin D and the general psychological affect of colder, darker days, research also suggests that low mood can also be related to your diet.

Often referred to as our second brain, the gut is a powerhouse of hormones and, when its delicate balance is upset, the impact on mood can be significant.

Ever notice that when you feel anxious your stomach seems to mirror those feelings? As the main production centre for around 90% of the body’s serotonin and having a close nervous connection with the brain, the gut has a large influence on your mood so it makes sense that, if your gut isn’t happy, it’s likely you won’t be either.

Battling the blues. Steps you can take.

If you struggle with seasonal symptoms, there are plenty of things you can do to help improve your mood in the gloomier months.

Better bedtimes.

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for wellbeing. Try to set the same bedtime every night and include a proper wind down routine. Write down your to-do list for the next day so your thoughts don’t keep racing and remember to switch off your screen.

Let there be light.

When the days are shorter, it’s important to get as much sunlight during the day as possible. Make sure you get out for a brisk walk at lunchtime.

Mood food.

As it gets colder and darker, it’s tempting to get stuck into carb-heavy comfort food. Make sure you’re getting a good balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, complex carbohydrates and protein. Don’t be tempted to boost your energy levels with sugary snacks and energy drinks.

Talk to your GP

If your low mood is persisting, make sure you speak to your doctor to rule out other problems. There can be other factors causing your SAD symptoms so it’s best to make sure there isn’t anything more serious underlying.

Tackle your trigger foods

We know that the gut has a big influence on how your mood. So, what if something in your diet is causing you to feel unwell? It’s estimated that around 45% of the population experience food intolerances, causing problems such as bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

Living with frequent tummy traumas as a result of a trigger food can have a negative impact on your mood as the balance of your gut is constantly upset by something in your diet.

A smart and simple test.

If you think something in your diet is getting you down, Smartblood can help. Our quick and easy food intolerance test gives you the results you need in just three days, helping you make the best choices for your diet. Find out more.

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