Cure Food Intolerances Naturally

Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014

Natural Remedies to Cure Food Intolerances

The difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance is that the former involves an immune response. Food intolerance primarily concerns the digestive system. However, the digestive system is closely tied to our immune system and all the rest of the body's organs and functions, so the symptoms can be very similar.

"Food intolerance or food sensitivity is a negative reaction to a food that may or may not be related to the immune system or to food poisoning. It can be caused by the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, or to the body's responses to certain food constituents (chemicals) both natural or artificial.

Symptoms of food intolerance vary greatly, and can be mistaken for the symptoms of a food allergy. While true allergies are associated with fast-acting immunoglobulin IgE responses, it can be difficult to determine the offending food causing an intolerance because if the immune system is involved, the response is likely to be IgG mediated and takes place over a prolonged period of time. Thus the causative agent and the response are separated in time, and may not be obviously related. A deficiency in digestive enzymes can also cause some types of food intolerances. Lactose intolerance is a result of the body not producing enough lactase used to break down the lactose in milk. Gluten intolerance results in damage to villi in the small intestine, which makes it difficult for the body to absorb water and nutrients from foods. Another type of food intolerance is an intolerance to food chemicals such as salicylates or salicylate sensitivity. Salicylates are chemicals that can occur naturally in many foods. Salicylate sensitivity causes many symptoms the most common of which are: hives, stomach pain, head aches, mouth ulcers, and it has even been linked to ADD and ADHD." (Wikipedia)

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Acne: Blood Test for Food Intolerances   1  0   

Posted by Les (Athens, Greece) on 12/03/2007

[YEA]  For acne, the best solution is having a blood test for food intolerances. Then completely cut out the foods you are intolerant to. It takes less than a week to see results. It took me years of struggling to finally discover this simple solution. I hope this helps people.

Beer, Wine   0  0   

Posted by Randall (Oakland, Ca, Usa) on 01/26/2012

This may seem like a ridiculous question but I am trying to find away to be able to continue to enjoy a few glasses of organic wine or a high quality beer a night without the adverse health effects that I experience. For the past 8 years when I drink alcohol I am almost always unable to sleep that evening. I get rapid heart beats, palpitations, racing thoughts, difficulty breathing, anxiety, pulsations and other upsetting symptoms. When I wake in the morning I feel like I am lucky to have survived.

I am 40 years old, currently have minor mitral valve prolapse and I think that I may be allergic to alcohol. This is unfortunate since I have been drinking regularly for twenty plus years, never get "drunk" and really enjoy drinking. Drinking for me is something that helps me to "lighten up, " relax, quiet my mind, reduce anxiety, get present and enjoy myself. I like the lifestyle and the taste. Despite the terrible negative consequences I have continued to drink moderately hoping that "this time it will be different. " I have tried various supplements, drink lots of water but does not seem to help. Very frustrating that I cannot be like so many others who seem to drink without issue. After being up all last night with terrible symptoms (pulsations, heart rate raised, racing thoughts) my wife has said to me that she cannot stand to watch me suffer like this any more.

I probably should say goodbye to my love affair with beer and wine but before I do I was wondering if anyone knew of anything I could try and/or take that may mitigate the symptoms that I experience after drinking alcohol? Thank you for any guidance.

Posted by Lanos
So. Calif, Usa
Randall, you might have an allergic reaction to the sulfites that have to be added to most wines as a preservative.. Some stores, such as Whole Foods Market, carry natural wines w/o sulfites. I hope this info helps you.
Posted by Randall
Oakland, Usa
Gallbladder cleanse? I have not thought of this. Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try. The kinds of cleanses I read about through the link you provide seem really intense, but maybe I can find one that is not as extreeme. Thank you for the ray of hope!

Also, thank you for the tip on sulfite free wine. I have tried that and often drink sake for this reason. Sake seems to not effect me as much but the other night I had a half a bottle of sulfite free organic red wine and was up most of the night with negative symptoms. Very frustrating. Thank you though for your response!

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1048 Posts
Randall, if you've never done a gallbladder cleanse, I would recommend one as you may not have sufficient bile flow; adding alcohol only toxifies the liver which would explain all your negative side effects. After a successful cleanse, go thru one bottle: Milk Thistle Seed (Sylamarin), Soy or Sun Lecithin (softgels), Flush Free Niacin, Zinc. Use as directed on labels.

This should restore your detoxification system. Report results.

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Randall, why don't you try making your own wine. Very easy to do and no preservatives.
Posted by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
159 Posts
Hi Randall, People with mitral valve prolapse have this problem with alcohol. Some can have one or even two drinks with no problems but no more so try just one and see if you get the reaction. If you google alcohol and fast heart rate you will find many folk who have mitral valve prolapse or are recommended to get tested for it. Magnesium & CoQ10 are worth supplementing for mitral valve prolapse. The ayurvedic herb arjuna is also great for the heart.

Also some people with mvp have found they need to learn to address their stress as it is not good for the mvp. There are many things to help you with stress and reduce anxiety instead of alcohol such as: ashwagandha; tulsi (also known as holy basil and is also good for the heart); 5htp; Vit B's; Vit D (sun) and others.

There are many successful remedies on the following pages:

Eliminate Soy   0  0   

Posted by Shery (Key West, Florida, Usa) on 08/29/2010

I eliminated all soy based products from my diet, like tofu, miso soup, soybean oil, soy lecithin and any foods that contained anything with the word soy in it. I did this to see if it was the culprit of gastro-intestinal problems, but lo and behold, I started noticing that my face was clearing up. All my pimples went away! I think I have a soy allergy and never knew it. Now if I get a pimple, I think to myself, "what did I eat to have caused this?" and sure enough, I ate something with soy and didn't realize it. Like, Pop Tarts for instance, they have some soy ingredients, as well as breads and mayonnaise. You have to experiment with your level of tolerance. Chemical residue is left behind when they extract soybean products with Hexane, it doesn't surprise me that eliminating it will help balance your body chemistry.

Posted by Bill
Springfield, Va, United States
Not all soy is harmful. If soy has been fermented for a few years or longer, it is very healthful. If not fermented, it is always harmful. The Japanese people always consume only soy that has been fermented for awhile. Be sure to check out Soy Alert! on the Weston A. Price website.
Posted by Dthales
Ogden, Utah
Most soy in the USA is the genetically engineered type that is patented because it is super hardy and resists weeds so well. Problem is it introduced new proteins into the soy that were never there before. You body sees these protiens as invaders and thus you have an allergic reaction. Seems like 90% of products have soy in them these days and 90% of them use the abundant genetically modified "super soy". If you can find old school soy, the kind that's been around for thousands of years, then you could try that and see if you get an allergic reaction.
Posted by Jason7305
Ventura, Ca, Usa
Organic soy is fine. No GMO's, pesticides, chemicals etc. My family and I never eat nor drink any soy products unless it's organic, or non GMO. We are all healthy! We have entirely replaced milk, which we've drank all our lives, with soy 2 years ago.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Bluscarlet (Smyrna, De) on 01/17/2013

I have had gluten and dairy intolerances for the past 3 years, I try to stay off them, but have a incredibly hard time. Has anyone found a cure to these?

Posted by Anon
Hi, try not keeping gluten or dairy at home. Another thing may help is just allowing a little at weekends only. Watch yourself for any reaction.
Posted by Goldencat
Akron, Oh
I find I can tolerate grass-grazed, organic, non-homogenized cow's milk without the problems of conventional dairy: internal itching of ears, sinus congestion, postnasal drip, abdominal cramps and nausea. Simply organic cow's milk is less tolerated but still can use in small amounts (a few tbsp in a mug of oatmeal, or in my coffee) - I experience more congestion than on grassfed milk, but not the other awful symptoms. Goat's milk is okay too, in moderation. Milk is known to cause congestion/mucus, in western and Chinese medicine. Raw milk cheese may be acceptable too. Some people can tolerate soft "fresh" cheeses that are not aged, like mozzarella and common queso (simple pressed curds). Aged cheeses can affect you differently - I find a tiny bit of cheddar causes a headache, but I can have several slices of muenster and feel fine. Also, a digestive enzyme may help, if that's a weak part of your assimilation maybe the proteins are not getting broken down enough.
Posted by Andrea C
A lot of organic dairy herds are fed on grains, not grass and this will cause big problems especially to people with Gluten Intolerance. I would look in to Gluten Intolerance if I were you, as grains are found in loads of thing's and especially organic practice, as well as non organic. Always read the labels on EVERYTHING. Non organic ingredients are also permitted by law to be put in food labeled as 'Organic' and if an Organic raised animal is fed on grains, it will affect you as you still get the Lectin's associated with Gluten Intolerance by eating grain-fed animals. Love Andrea C xxxxx

Histaminosis   0  0   

Posted by Linda (Dublin) on 11/14/2010

Has anybody heard of histaminosis? I think I might suffer from it after a bit of research. Im curious if its out there as a condition.

Nightshade Fruits and Vegetables   0  0   

Posted by Jasmine (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 08/28/2010

I saw lots of information about this Nightshade fruits & vegetables on the net. These Nightshade fruits and vegetables are the main cause of illness like Arthritis for some people. Some people are really allergic to it but they don't know about it. These Nightshade fruits & vegetables dominate our groceries these days. Probably the reason why people are sicker than ever. There are over 250 kinds of fruits & vegetables that are Nightshade mainly because they contain Solanine and can be grown at night. Examples are potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplant, okra, strawberry etc. However blueberry does not grow at night but it is considered as Nightshade fruit because it contains Solanine. No wonder, some oncologist treating their cancer patients tell them to avoid Nightshade fruits & vegetables.

Posted by Rhyannon
Lousiville, Ky. Usa
Thank you for posting these comments. I am healing myself of overweight and arthritis: gave up msg/free glutamates, opioid peptides [cow dairy and gluten] to great success... But pain remained. Added turmeric 3 mos. ago, and eliminated nightshades in the last month. [all from google-ing, using intuition.]. It has helped immeasurably, the tide turned with solanine. I notice you say there are 250 items that contain solanine, in whatever name/form. Could you please post a link to this list at your convenience. My acquired list is about 50 items. Thank you endlessly.
Posted by Lucy
Chester Uk, Uk
I also am affected by raw tomatoes and msg as these will cause crippling symptoms, also a while ago I bought vit d3 tablets thinking they would do me good but I was crippled in the morning and I looked up norman childers and vit d3 and he mentioned about it containing a substance that is in the deadly nightshade family and this crippled cattle when d3 was given to them. I am otherwise fine when I dont eat these. I ate cous cous the other week and this created problems too. What we dont know may be killing us.

Salicylates   0  0   

Posted by Sadie (Manchester) on 10/01/2013

Can anyone advise whether I can try molybdenum in liquid form to help my four year old with salicylate difficulties. Is it safe, what dose? I have it in liquid form with three drops equating to 75mcg

thank you in advance

Posted by Carrie
I haven't found a liquid molybdenum, but have found capsules for my 3 year old. I break them open and put about 1/4 of the powder in some water for her to drink, and then I just close the capsule back up for next time.

Ted's Remedies   0  1   

Posted by Julie (Austin, TX) on 10/31/2006

[NAY]  I tried this for a few days and felt no real difference in the foods I could eat. Actually I felt that it made my digestion weaker and my stomach and intestines felt weak and raw. I had one symptom which made me discontinue treatment. Once before when i was using baking soda regularly (to deal with chronic interstial cystitis: it was the only relief) I developed swollen salivary glands under my tongue with a spot which felt like a stone. The same thing happened this time only more severe. Similar to what is described as a blockage the swelling and tenderness come after eating. Other salivary glands on cheek and lips are now raw and inflamed. Why does baking soda do this? Something to do with acid alkaline question? Perhaps "Ted" could be asked?

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
Dear Julie: As in all remedies, one size does not fit all. It is best to determine first whether your body does indeed acid, by getting a litmus paper, or a pocket pH meter, or if bigger budget allows it, ORP meter. You need to measure your urinary pH and salivary pH.

When this does not work and you can't get supplies to measure your own pH, use the second newer formula as there is a rare condition that some people get allergic to citric acid. The cure as I remembered was to add lemon juice, or more precisely lime juice, since here in Thailand we tend to call green lime, "lemon" and it gets confusing here since no one here ever uses yellow lemon!

Therefore try one whole freshly squeezed lime juice, then add baking soda at 1/4 teaspoon interval until the fizzing stops. Then add water to one half glass of water. This will correct vitamin C, phosphate deficiencies, rare citric acid allergies, and Oxidation reduction potentials that are not within the normal parameter. You should notice improvement within the next day.

In one case I have witnessed a severe bicarbonate deficiency, in that case that person I knew had to go using just pure bicarbonate only formula, which consists mostly of 90% sodium bicarbonate and 10% potassium bicarbonate. So his dose was about 1/2 teaspoon taken for twice a day for a least two weeks before his became normal. I knew he had a severe form as his urinary pH were something near pH of 5, which is considered extremely low.

However, I suspect dietary issues are a problem here for you. Fruits in general are high in sugar, oily foods can also create problems, low sodium diets also, even high potassium diets, and high phosphate diets. Only a pH meter can tell me that. For example if the salivary pH exceeds 7.5 that's high phosphate. If urinary pH is extremely low then bicarbonate only. However, for most people urinary pH is usually between pH 5.5 to 6. In which case a bicarbonate and citric acid works best. For people whose pH remains always stubborn and refused to budge to 6.5, then a pinch of disodium phosphate will help (found in lemons and some bananas), but on the other hand, if the pH have a tendency to "drift" to acid after a day or two OR if you seem to be allergic to something whenever a change in diets or eating certain foods, then it is a sodium molybdate deficiency.

In case of IC, my common remedy that seemed to help is one SINGLE dose of 1-2 teaspoon of sea salt in one glass of water. The pain will reduce in a matter of an hour. If you want to take it again, then you can take it only another week. This is just a precautionary standard to prevent too much sodium. People on a pure vegetarian, or raw food diets, seems to have problems about low sodium. In conclusion, measure your pH first then you start from there whether your case is alkaline or acid, extreme acid or extreme alkaline, and whether you seem to be allergic to something. These telling things are clues to what you should do.

Posted by Susie
Kerrville, Texas
Thank you for all of your sharing. It is nice to know there are others who have the same struggles. I have food allergies, dairy, cheese, sugar, vinegars, soy and more. These manifest in the swelling of the cartilage of my ears, ear canals, hearing loss, ear infections, holes blown in my ear drums. On top of that I enjoy eczema on the skin inside and out of the ear and up into my hairline. ( I thought it was leaky gut syndrome)

At this point I am trying to plan what to do first.

I mixed the lemon and 1/4 Baking Soda in the mornings for the past week. Then I read that Ted suggest not to add the acid or ACV with Baking Soda for food intolerance's.

So my next step would be the H2O2 in water. Then the Borax soap? I have read so much that now I am just confused. Any help is welcome. Could be Brain Fog. Thank you.

Posted by Shannon
Atlanta, Georgia
I have very severe food intolerances. I took the ALCAT test and it revealed I am severely intolerant to pork, chicken, vanilla, cinnamon, wheat black pepper, romaine lettuce, grapes. Moderately intolerant to cocoa, soy, cashews, hazelnut, lamb, mangoes, cabbage, etc and the list goes on and on. Before taking this test I became sick about 2 years ago and experienced frequent diarhea, bloated stomach, itchy skin really bad dandruff, runny nose itchy eyes, developed gastro ulcers. I initially went to an allergist to find that I was allergic to shell fish but that was it. No outdoor allergies at all. I am looking for some help/direction with this. Where did all come from what is the cause and what can I do to tone down some of these allergies. I cant eat anything!! Help!
Posted by Susan
I am very sorry to read this and much of what is already written is extremely valuable. There is a lot of value in the probiotic thread - leading immunologists are beginning to understand the link between good gut flora and the induction of regulatory immune responses that balance immune reactions. Good strains of probiotics are in the OptiBac porbiotics sachets (UK product). The elimination diet (austrialia) is proving valuable for us. We caught on to it about three weeks ago when I read Fed Up written by Sue Dengate (diet referred to above).

We are beginning to home in on the additives that are causing problems for our son. At some point soon we will be introducing the probiotics that I have mentioned - we would hope that this strategy will help raise his tolerance threshold to foods. Another link that might prove valuable for some is We wondered whether magnesium deficiency has been partly a problem for our son too and have started to use pure magnesium flakes in his bath (not too much of course) and paying special attention to maintaining a diet rich in magnesium. Switched from normal wheat to spelt and are now using organic spelt from Sharpham park (gluten is far easier to digest). Also switched to organic Buffalo milk (100% A2) from Laverstoke farm (delivered to many Waitrose stores)- we considered goats milk but it is impossible to get organic goats milk in the uk. Watch out for sulphites, salicylates, amines, antioxidants, sorbates, benzoates and others (see Au). There will be a cause and with prayers and a little good luck, things will improve. God bless, Suzanne

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/15/2006

No, ACV should not help with food intolerances, but it does help acid reflux. A simple citric acid baking soda at 1/4 teaspoon each mixed in 1/2 glass of water, taken once in morning and before going to bed on an empty stomach should resolve at least some initial food intolerances. A small pinch of potassium and magnesium will help, but it should be in the form of citrates or bicarbonates, if you can find one. Take this for a week. On your second week your food intolerances should appreciably reduce. The other thing is to give MSM a try, and on the third or fourth day, you should be able to eat many food. If not, then you probably have a molybdenum deficiency. So take that supplement as a possibility. The secret to make it work is to make sure you take it on an empty stomach, and grind the supplement to a powder, otherwise the body is not going to absorb it. The preferred form of molybdenum is sodium molybdate.

Why does baking soda citric acid work? It is anti- inflammatory. MSM is similar but it works differently by allowing the body to receive nutrients throughout the body by increasing cellular bioavailability. When this happens, the body should be able to tolerate most of the foods.

If not then you may have to detoxify the body in several ways, such as taking drops of sodium thiosulfate, H2O2 6-12 drops per glass of water, indole 3-carbinol, borax, and cysteine monohydrate. Of course, some won't do them together at the same time, especially the sodium thiosulfate and H2O2. The others are o.k. The short list that I have prepared will detoxify dioxin and pseudoestrogens (indole 3 carbinol), chlorine and oxidative chemicals (sodium thiosulfate), formaldehyde and glutaldehyde (cysteine monohydrate), and fluoride (borax chelates fluoride).

The last issue is heavy metal detoxification, for you calcium EDTA or disodium EDTA will work equally well. However sodium thiosulfate works similarly in removing heavy metals, although not as efficient. The present circumstances of alternative medicine is that too many websites are copying each other formulas and remedies to the extent that, the formulas I am currently recommending simply don't exist in the internet! The only way you can resolve some of this is to buy a USP grade for FCC grade from a chemical supplier by doing a search through

Posted by Tim
Acton, Ma
Ted, I have come late to this post and did not see your remedy for food Intolerances on it. What I did see was 1/4 baking soda w/ 1/2 cup water. Pinch of Magnesiuum and Potassium (can you please give examples of each and possibly where to find them). What do you mean in the form of citrates or bicarbonates. Lastly what is MSM? Your reply would be greatly appreciated.


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