“All disease begins in the gut.” -Hipocrates
Science shows the food put into our stomachs influences our mental state. The digestive system helps to break down food into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair. The body will not chemically be in balance if the body is not able to digest food properly.
Scientist Zoe Hunter linked gluten intake to depression. She explained that food can change the stress receptors in the gut. People who struggle with depression should concentrate on their digestion system according to Hunter. She recommends that individuals try natural products to address their stress and anxiety.
Much of the food consumed in U.S. contains gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten including depression and anxiety.
An estimated 15 percent of the U.S. population is gluten intolerant. But it’s estimated that 99 percent of the people who have a gluten intolerance are never diagnosed, which means their body is unable to process several food products.
Mary’s Journey: Healing From Gluten
Mary Asmonga-Knapp discovered her food intolerances contributed to her depression. She struggled with depression for years. And she sunk even further into depression when her husband died.
Asmonga-Knapp relied on medication to treat her depression. She expressed her depression concerns to her doctor. She was advised to exercise, but she wanted more answers.
She decided to undergo nutritional and allergy testing. Asmonga-Knapp found out that she was allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs. She eliminated gluten from her diet. As a result, she said she didn’t feel sick or need medication. She said she was able to think clearly for the first time in her life.