By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
No one enjoys feeling anxiety, and the people around you can feel affected by your anxiety too. Have you ever wondered if food allergies can cause anxiety? We see this pretty much every day at our clinic. Food allergies or food “reactions” CAN cause anxiety and other unnecessary symptoms. One minute you are feeling chilled out, or what you consider to be “normal,” and then after a meal, even of healthy food you feel anxious, cold, sweaty and may even have racing thoughts. One of those thoughts may even be, “I was feeling fine, what happened to cause this anxiety?”.
Some top trigger food allergies CAN cause anxiety. These top foods are gluten grains, dairy, egg, soy, and nuts. But even healthy food, like lettuce, broccoli, almonds, etc. can cause anxiety IF your body is negatively reacting to food.
It is not fair, I know, you want to eat what you want to eat! I do too, and I totally get it! I have to be careful not to eat food I am allergic to, or I am looking forward to a sleepless night and the next day feeling some anxiety and fatigue. And as busy as I am, that just cannot happen! I don’t have time in my day to feel bad.
Recently I had a feeling that food I was enjoying, yes healthy food, was causing some symptoms. So, even I did a food allergy blood test and got the answers I needed. YES, I was surprised but then again not really. The foods I reacted to mostly were nuts, starches, dairy, grains, and even coconut. Goodness! I love coconut, but I had to learn how to eat without it, and I fell so much better!
The test I ran on myself is the test I am suggesting here to anyone that is wondering if food allergies can be causing anxiety. It is a combination of IGG and IGE food allergy test. IgG are delayed reactions, and IgE is immediate reactions to food.
Anxiety is not welcome in my life and shouldn’t be welcome in yours either! It is easy to find out what foods may be contributing to symptoms of anxiety.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.