The brain uses as much as 30 percent of the energy it gets from food alone. Food allergies can upset hormones and other important chemicals in the brain, resulting in mental health symptoms such as depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia.
Common symptoms include:
Specific foods like wheat, sugar, dairy, and even food additives or food dyes can contribute to the symptoms. The most common foods are milk, egg, beef, corn, cane sugar, and chocolate. This can be seen in children and adults. In adults, it is commonly known as cerebral allergies.
The tricky thing about food allergies is the person usually feels better at first after ingesting the triggering food. However, in just a couple of hours, the person will soon experience symptoms such as headache, nasal stuffiness, fatigue, and depression.
Food or cerebral allergies seem to run in families.
Signs and Traits you may have Food Allergies:
Favorite Daily Foods like cheese
Excessive daily mood swings
Frequently get sick/ have colds
A history of infantile colic
A history of infantile eczema
Relief after fasting
Treatment for Food Allergies
An elimination diet is the first standard treatment for food and cerebral allergies. Eliminating the foods that may be triggering your symptoms is vital for alleviation.
Also, nutritional treatment in the use of supplements can help with food allergies. People with food/cerebral allergies may be helped by Methionine, Calcium Gluconate, Zinc, Manganese, and most importantly Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.
Skin testing can be done by a physician such as intradermal testing. Although, there are many different allergy tests that can be performed. Another test determines the immunoglobulins in the blood. A low immunoglobulin E (IgE) will conclude probably with allergies.
A side note is that most people with food allergies also may have pyrrole disorder.
Wheat allergies may be accompanied by Celiac Disease (damage to the intestinal mucosa). This results in malabsorption of nutrients such as Zinc and B6 among others.
Some symptoms of being intolerant to bread include:
Compulsive and ritualistic behavior
Impaired speech development
Mood and behavior changes
Celiac Disease is when a person is not able to digest wheat, rye, and other grains. Recent studies have indicated that Celiac Disease may be the cause of many cases of schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.
The offending element that attributes to Celiac Disease is gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, barley, and rye. The thought is that the intestinal enzymes cannot digest gluten and accumulate toxins that irritate the intestinal wall of the stomach. This causes indigestion and malabsorption of nutrients.
Another theory is that exorphins found in gluten actually compete with endorphins. Endorphins are important to brain chemicals involved in mood.
Elimination diets can provide relief of symptoms in most cases of Celiac Disease as well as any type of Food or cerebral allergy.
One of the easiest ways to determine your food allergies/sensitivities is to get tested, you can get tested at mytelemedicine.com they are available 24/7 online.
Sampson HA, et al. Food allergy: A practice parameter update-2014. J Allergy Clin Immunol