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The Impact of Gut Health: From Physical to Cognitive

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, (2021, March 17). The Impact of Gut Health: From Physical to Cognitive. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/gut-health/
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Gut health has a direct link to our physical and cognitive well-being. To help improve gut health, food intolerances must be discovered and this can be done with reliable testing. With years of extensive lab research, SupplyLife provides accurate blood based testing to identify food intolerances affecting the gut.

Gut health plays a big part mentally as well as physically, therefore our mood which impacts our day to day activities can be influenced from the food we eat. If we don’t eat we can’t focus and that impacts our actions. Globally, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder with 10–15% of the population suffering from it.

The gut and brain are strongly connected and can affect each other with the brain sending signals to the brain and vice versa. Not only is the gut sensitive to emotions like anxiety and anger but also food, with some common intolerances to gluten (both celiac and non-celiac), eggs as well as lactose and casein. 

A recent study conducted in 2017, in the US, found that 28% of respondents aged 18 to 30 years had food intolerances, compared to 15% of those aged 46 to 60 years. Therefore, younger people are more likely to suffer from food and gut problems based on the food they eat.  

To understand and explain food choices and alternatives, SupplyLife utilises state of the art immunoassay microarray technology to detect food-specific IgG antibodies to 208 different foods. The company has carefully developed blood based testing which covers the full range of immunoglobulin 1, 2, 3 and 4 by using the quantitative ELISA screening process. This process allows individuals to see the kinds of foods that are accepted in the gut and do not trigger an immune response.

After finding out about her gut health and intolerances, Sandy S. says: ‘This now means the strong medication suggested by my doctor is a road I will now not need to take. I cannot explain the relief and confidence this has given me, not only in terms of my skin but also my energy levels, as well as training goals have rocketed. No more bloating, feeling lethargic, or depressed about my never ending skin problems.’

The most common physical symptoms associated with gut health and food intolerances include the following:

  • Bloating
  • Eczema and skin problems
  • Energy levels
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Joint pains
  • Migraine
  • Weight loss

Furthermore, the International Foundation of Gastrointestinal Disorders reports that: ‘among patients about 40% of people have mild IBS, 35% moderate IBS, and 25% severe IBS. Many people don’t recognise IBS symptoms. Yet, IBS is one of the most common disorders seen by physicians. Not all individuals with IBS symptoms seek medical care for their symptoms.’

To help detect which foods to avoid to improve gut health including that of IBS, SupplyLife provides a DIY food intolerance home testing kit where results are sent directly to the individual without the hassle of visiting a private doctor or practice. What’s more, it prevents the need for individual’s to be given medication when a simple diet change can help them feel better mentally and physically.  For example, after changing his diet, SupplyLife client Amrik S mentions: ‘I feel I have more energy, and I have stopped taking the medication I would normally take to treat my allergies as a result of changing the food I eat. I’ve even lost nearly 7lbs in the space of 4 weeks.’

A large percentage of the population live with intolerances daily but struggle to find the true cure to it. For example, Karen H. who suffered from IBS for years and thought it was just hereditary recently tested with SupplyLife and says: ‘Living with this was horrendous, meals were ruined, as I would spend most of my time in the loo, people even thought I was pregnant with the bloated stomach, the pains were unbelievable and to say my bowels were loose was a massive exaggeration.

‘Now thanks to SupplyLife I now know exactly what to avoid, it’s taking a bit of getting used to not being able to have wheat or dairy but well worth knowing and now being able to avoid these foods, I cannot wait til Covid restrictions have been lifted and start enjoying eating out with my friends and family. And I would suggest to anyone who has anything like what I have suffered then book this test, it’s a lifesaver and changed my life for the better.

‘I personally think if the NHS used SupplyLife the nation would be a lot healthier with people knowing exactly what to eat instead of being given medication.’


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