Is this healthy food causing your depression?
September 22, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 74
You eat a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables. In fact, you may eat a fantastic diet. And yet, you still feel tired, rundown, bloated, and even depressed. Last week, I showed you how inflammation can be at the root of your depression. But what if there’s something in your healthy diet that’s causing the problem?
Believe it or not, it’s very possible eating all that fruit is causing your problem. I know, it sounds crazy. After all, fruit is good for you, right? Well, fruit is definitely good for most people. But it’s possible it may not be good for you.
Why wouldn’t fruit be good for you? You’ve probably heard of food intolerances. Most food intolerance issues are wrapped around wheat, dairy, soy, and eggs. But there are plenty of intolerances out there. And one that’s growing rapidly is an intolerance to fruit.
How can anyone be intolerant to fruit? After all, aren’t we supposed to eat several servings of fruit every day? Well, it’s not actually an intolerance to the fruit, but to fructose. And it’s a condition that’s far more prevalent than you might think. Many intolerance experts believe between 30% and 35% of the population suffer from fructose malabsorption.
When your small intestine doesn’t absorb fructose well, it passes through to the large intestine, where it causes all sorts of trouble. Simply eating an apple or a piece of watermelon can cause the aforementioned symptoms and more. It can cause severe stomach pains, confusion, anxiety and even eye pain.
If you suffer from a fructose intolerance, there is hope. An Australian study found that simply avoiding high-fructose foods will help clear all the symptoms. Of course, this also means you won’t get the nutrients you need from fruit. So you need to address this as well.
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Dr. Harold Stossier, who is the head of the famous Viva Mayr clinic in Austria, says to avoid fruits completely for a few weeks. Then gradually reintroduce low-fructose fruits back into your diet. Berries contain lower levels of fructose when compared to apples, melons, and pears.
If this works for you, then you should be able to enjoy a piece of fruit once every day or two. If it doesn’t, try taking a digestive enzyme, such as Integrative Digestive Formula, when you eat fruit and see if that helps.
If eating fruit just isn’t possible for you, then you’ll need to eat plenty of vegetables and take supplements that contain the fruit nutrients, but not the fructose. Two of my favorites are AppleBoost
and Advanced Greens Formula
. Both of these can help keep your nutrient intake up and your fructose problems down.
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.