This is part two in an article series on A Food Reaction to Amines. Before you read the information below, I suggest you visit this link: Food Reaction to Amines – Part One and read part one.
Why Did I Have a Food Reaction to Amines?
The closer you get to your own natural threshold, the higher the likelihood you will experience food intolerance symptoms if your body is not functioning the way it should.
A food reaction to amines or salicylates ( Salicylate Intolerance and the Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got ) becomes more evident for those suffering from food intolerance symptoms.
We may not be aware of a reaction to naturally occurring chemicals in foods if we consume amine rich foods over an extended period, until there is a build up in the body and you are tipped over that threshold. Then, it can be hard to identify where the food problems are if you do have a the delayed reaction.
For more information on this you can consult the book Friendly Food and I have provided a link at the end of this paragraph so you can purchase this book. We used Friendly Food in our house when conducting a food elimination diet. We wanted to find out if there was an problem with amines and/or salicylates. This is an excellent resource that also has charts on the range of naturally occurring chemicals in various food. Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergies, Additives and Problem Chemicals
In addition to this, people who do have a reaction to amines; being tyramine, phenylethylamine and/or tryptamine are also most likely to have a problem with salicylates and possibly mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) too.
Food colors and additives, including preservatives should also be avoided by consumers in general, but especially by those people suffering from food intolerance symptoms.
Symptoms of a Food Reaction to Amines
One of my children suffered badly from food intolerance symptoms. When we conducted a food elimination diet we found out that he was highly sensitive to amines and only moderately sensitive to salicylates.
His symptoms, which are not uncommon in children, were aggression, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), emotionally sensitive and unable to sit still (low level hyperactivity).
These are just some of the food intolerance symptoms.
There can be varying degrees of these food intolerance symptoms and again, it may depend on how far you have been tipped over your natural threshold.
What to do about Amines
The first step to get yourself well is to conduct a food elimination diet. This will assist you to determine if you do have an amine problem or if there is something else that is causing food intolerance symptoms.
Then, once you know what your threshold is to amines and salicylates, you need to restrict your diet and get your body well.
Start by going through your pantry or food cupboards and removing foods that contain colors, preservatives or any form of additives. Keep in mind that some natural additives such as MSG, HVP or annatto can cause problems for some people.
Then, increase your raw food. I also chose to remove meat from my diet and that of my children and I do believe this had a positive impact on my bowel and my son’s leaky gut syndrome.
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