Depression Relief
Through Treating Food Allergies

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Depression Relief Through Treating Food Allergies

Do you know that you can find depression relief through treating your food allergies?

In a previous article, we discussed in greater details how food allergies can contribute to the development of depression.

In this article, we focus on how you can identify your food allergies, as well as how to go about dealing with them so that you have a better chance in your fight against depression.


Identifying your food allergies

If you are not sure if you actually have food allergies, some symptoms [1] to look out for include:

  • dark circles under eyes

  • large daily weight fluctuations from water retention
  • fluctuating visual acuity
  • fatigue and mental fog, especially in the morning
  • tension or irritability
  • alternation between fatigue and depression in a “tension-fatigue syndrome”
  • extreme sensitivity to noise, light, heat or cold
  • heart palpitations
  • trembling
  • addictions to foods or other substances (eg. alcohol, tobacco, coffee)

When seeking depression relief through treating food allergies, James Braly, M.D., of Hollywood, Florida, pointed out that it is important to distinguish food allergies from non-allergic reactions (e.g. enzyme deficiency or food poisoning) to food, as well as distinguish food allergies from toxic reactions that affect everyone [2].

The simplest way to identify your food allergies is to do a blood test that measures the antibodies IgE and IgG. Nonetheless, IgE and IgG are only indicative of immunological allergies, which comprise many, but not all, allergies. [1, 3]


Using the Elimination Diet

Alternatively, when seeking depression relief through allergy treatment, you can also D-I-Y and identify your food allergies yourself using Dr Larson’s Elimination Diet [3], which follows an “avoidance-provocation” principle [1].

The first step of the elimination diet (i.e. avoidance) is to stop eating the food that you suspect you are allergic to for at least a week.

It may not be easy for you to avoid some of these foods especially if you are addicted to it as you may develop withdrawal symptoms as well as experience symptomatic flare-ups. Fortunately, the withdrawal symptoms will usually pass after 4 to 7 days [1].

At the end of the week or so when the withdrawal agonies have ceased, you can proceed to the second step (i.e. provocation) by reintroducing the suspected food(s) into your diet to see if your body is able to tolerate the food(s).

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