What are Salicylates?
Classified as naturally occurring chemicals in foods, Salicylates can be the main cause of food intolerance symptoms.
Amines also fall into this group and can cause food intolerance symptoms as well. From my research, it is considered that more people suffer from Salicylate intolerance symptoms than amine intolerance symptoms.
You may have an issue with both salicylates and amines but not be aware that both are having an impact on your health.
Salicylates naturally occur as part of the plant’s defence system and that is how you most likely encounter them. They are also used in medication, skincare and other products.
So if you are on medication or considering medication, consult your doctor. Salicylates are commonly used in Asprin.
Salicylate Intolerance Symptoms
We all have a threshold when it comes to naturally occurring chemicals and your salicylate intolerance symptoms are more likely to become more severe, the closer you get to, or go over, your natural limit.
Staying on a low salicylate diet will help you keep under your body’s threshold where you are less likely to show symptoms of salicylate intolerance. And this is a good goal in the short term but the aim long term should be to heal your body so that you are not restricting your diet.
If you want to find out if you have a food reaction to amines then you can read my amine article.
You can also purchase a copy of Friendly Food, which is pictured above,. It is written by the Allergy Experts at the RPA Allergy Unit in Sydney Australia.
This is a list of some of the Salicylate Intolerance Symptoms:
- Chronic Headaches
- mouth ulcers
- stomach pains
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- sinus problems
- a general feeling of being unwell
For a more extensive list of salicylate intolerance symptoms, I recommend having a look at this book by Sue Dengate that also has a check list to assist you to work out your salicylate intolerance symptoms.
Suggestions for Dealing with Salicylate Intolerance Symptoms
Remove all additives and preservatives from your diet. You may even find this step alone makes a difference to the way you feel. Allow a couple of weeks to feel the difference.
Then, the best step is to conduct a food elimination diet. I have provided information on this in an article I wrote earlier.
Depending on your age, water fasting is a great way to get your body back on track.
Resources I recommend to begin your food elimination diet are:
Fed Up – loads of information and some recipes.
The Failsafe Cookbook hard copy – less information than Fed Up by Sue Dengate but more recipes to use.
Friendly Food Cookbook – A MUST!! Advantage is that is has food charts to show levels of salicylates and amines in certain foods.
I have personally used all three of the books listed above and highly recommend them.
Below are some other resources that I have not tried but you might like to and let me know how you get on with them. Leave a comment at the end of this article so you can help others who may be in a similar situation.
- Salicylate Intolerance book
- Conquering Allergy and Food Intolerance Naturally book
- Book – Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment
- The Food Intolerance Bible
- Natural Solutions for Food Allergies and Food Intolerances: Scientifically Proven Remedies for Food Sensitivities
- If you want to get a bit more technical then try this book – click here
Please let us know if there are any other resources you have come across that will assist my readers with their own salicylate intolerance symptoms.
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