How quitting eggs can help you find love
A company director has told how giving up eggs relieved his depression and lethargy making him feel 'reborn'.
David Brown says his brain fog and depression cleared after cutting egg whites and yolks from his diet.
He claims eggs were the root cause of his lack of motivation, and when he ditched them, his drive and focus returned - and he even found love again.
"It was an incredible feeling. All of a sudden I felt ambitious, motivated, focused and my brain fog lifted," says the 41-year-old.
For most of his adult life David suffered from mood swings, lethargy, brain fog and a lack of get-up-and-go but couldn't understand why.
"Through my teens and 20s it was pretty confusing really. I didn't recognise what it was and just tried to do my best, ignoring the problem rather than dealing with it or identifying the cause," he explains.
The situation deteriorated significantly when, age 25, David suffered a serious head injury in an unprovoked attack which massively affected his confidence. "For a few years I was quite anxious, especially in large crowds and at social occasions," he recalls.
David and a pal had been waking home after a night out when a car pulled up with two young men and two women.
"This car stopped alongside us. A guy got out of the passenger seat and asked me if I had a lighter. Quite innocently I said yeah and put my hand in my front pocket to try and find it, and he just pushed me over. I fell and smashed my head on the curb and they drove off.'
David believes his life was saved by two lads walking behind him, one of whom administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It later emerged in court that the car thugs had earlier tried to kick things off with the same two.
The assault led to David's attacker being jailed for just nine months, leniency shown because he was under 18.
David's confidence suffered a drastic downturn in the wake of the attack, especially in social circles. His general feeling of being fatigued and "'down in the dumps" was greatly exacerbated. He also suffered short-term memory loss and damage to his hearing.
"I felt so miserable and depressed that I just didn't want to socialise," he says, remembering his lost years.
It wasn't until he reached his 30s that David decided enough was enough and sought help.
"Finally I started to accept something wasn't right and I tried to deal with it. It's really hard to explain what it feels like.
"I once explained it like this: if you're driving up to a T junction, you're doing some things at the same time; you're braking and looking into your rear-view mirror. You look left, you look right. And more often than not you can just drive straight out, but that requires very little thinking for what is a sort of automatic multi-tasking.
"Normally it's a piece of cake, but with brain fog you can't do that. You can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Basically, you can't multi-task. I was feeling very low and found it extremely hard to motivate myself to do anything."
David had sought medical help and doctors suggested medication to lift his mood, but that wasn't the way he wanted to go.
"They wanted to put me on medication which was not the road I was prepared to go down," explains David, who owns a transport business.
"So I refused to take them."
David only made the all-important connection between diet and mood thanks to his mother who suggested he take a food intolerance† test.
"It was actually my mum who recommended YorkTest because of the brain-fog stuff and fatigue. She'd had her own test and was found to be intolerant to a number of foods.
"And she improved when she took those foods out of her diet. So, she recommended the test to me and I never looked back from there.
"I did the test and found out it was eggs, only eggs, both the white and the yolk.
The test David refers to involves sending a finger prick blood sample to YorkTest Laboratories who test reactions with up to 208 different types of foods.
His results revealed he was intolerant to eggs with a borderline intolerance to millet.
"To be honest the difference was remarkable, like I'd been re-born. It was really incredible. It absolutely helped my mood."
Although it was only egg-intolerance that David suffered from, he was surprised to learn just how many foods contain traces of egg.
"It's in a lot of things. It can be difficult to avoid, but as food intolerance awareness becomes more of a mainstream issue you can now get quite a lot of apps that reveal what's in food.
"But you do have to be careful. You have to watch it as the food you're intolerant to can slip back into your diet very easily.
"Egg is used as a binding agent in many things.
"There are traces of it in beers and wines. The apps tell you the full story.
Lunchtimes can prove a struggle if David is grabbing a bite to eat when out on the road.
"It's pretty difficult if you stop at a petrol station and grab a sandwich. Some 99per cent of them contain egg in some form."
By sticking to his guns and ensuring that when egg is present he can detect it, David now leads a much more sociable life.
In fact, giving up eggs re-kindled his motivation to socialise again and meet new people, like fiancée Michelle.
"It's not that I didn't have the confidence to go out, I just didn't want to," he explains.
"Quitting eggs gave me the desire to go out and socialise."
David joined popular dating app Tinder and happened to swipe right on his now wife-to-be.
"I met Michelle in 2017. I proposed in early December and we set a date in 2021. "
David has actually tried introducing eggs back into his diet as an experiment. Sometimes gradually re-introducing certain foods can work, but apparently not in David's case.
"I tried bringing them back but it's weird. Sometimes for example, if I consume a portion of eggs, say scrambled or something, I can be fine. But if I have a very small amount of egg, say mayonnaise on a sandwich or something, the brain fog comes back. I don't really understand what's going on there.
"For me, I think it's best I avoid them entirely.
"My symptoms have always been mental rather than physical. It creates an imbalance in the head.
"The brain is a very finely-tuned machine and differences in chemicals can have all sorts of consequences."
Indeed, a staggering 95 per cent of serotonin, the body's happy hormone, is housed in the gut.
If the gut is out of sorts, it is likely your overall well-being will be too.
Dr Gill Hart, Scientific Director and Biochemist at YorkTest Laboratories, published a white paper detailing the connection between diet and anxiety as well as general mood and behaviour.
On the topic of depression, she states: "Depression is not only linked to changes in neurotransmission in the central nervous system but also changes via hormonal, inflammatory and immune mechanisms, and many studies have shown elevated levels of pro-inflammatory markers in those with depression.
"Serotonin is a critical signalling molecule in the brain-gut-microbiota axis, approximately 95 per cent of serotonin in the body is compartmentalised in the gut, and there is emerging evidence that the serotonergic system may be under the influence of the gut-microbiota.
Mentioning that measuring food-specific IgG antibodies is a method for identifying various foods that may trigger sensitivities, the paper explains: "A role for IgG hyper-sensitivity in the pathogenesis and therapy of depressive disorders has been reported.
"Indeed the largest study of its kind, a study involving YorkTest and conducted by the University of York surveyed those who had elevated food specific IgG levels and who had purchased a YorkTest food-specific IgG-guided diet programme.
"Of the 708 subjects reporting psychological conditions, including depression, anxiety, behavioural problems, hyperactivity, mental fog, ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and panic attacks, 81 per cent reported an improvement in their condition following a food-specific IgG-guided elimination diet.
"Much of the focus on a role for food-specific IgG antibodies in mental health disorders has been on gliadin, wheat, yeast and milk.
"The important point here is that dietary intervention, on this basis, is personalised; dependent on specific tailored food-specific IgG test results, providing a unique targeted approach”.