Cure Food Intolerances Naturally

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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)

Acne: Blood Test for Food Intolerances

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

Posted by Michele L (Wolcott, Ct) on 12/23/2014
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Hi Randall,

You may indeed be allergic to the sulfites in the wine, they are notorious for causing all kinds of immune responses. I get hive from them. But I did find that Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can eliminate the sulfites in wine. I found this product called SO2GO from New Zealand, which comes in measured doses, and you can add it to qlass or a bottle of wine and it neutralizes the sulfites. Now I have purchased a bottle of this food grade hydrogen peroxide and I am washing my fruits and vegetables with it, before consumption to eliminate any sulfite residue that may be on the skin and it seems to work. I have not had an outbreak in months and I can enjoy wine again. They do make wine with "no detectable sulfites" but the choice is minimal. Hope this helps.

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.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
2110 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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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!

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

Randall, why don't you try making your own wine. Very easy to do and no preservatives.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia

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:

Replied by Maggie

Your symptoms sound like Histamine Intolerance! Read up on it.

Eliminate Soy

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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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

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?

Replied 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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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


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.

Replied by Aura
Austin, Tx

Hi Thealth, I have been doing NAET with my acupuncturist for about a year and a half. I originally started with over 25 food intolerances. Now, I am down to 9. There are some intolerances that have come back such as dairy and gluten, so I will have to avoid these for life, but many have been resolved, the healthy food choices like veggies and fruits have stayed resolved. I continue to search this site in order to strenghten my body. Thank you Earth Clinic for this forum for all of us to share our successes and help each other.

Nightshade Fruits and Vegetables

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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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.

Replied by Miriam
Rockville, Indiana

I am interested in your list, I am very sick and have lost 30#. How can I get the list?

Replied by M.a.
Phoenix, Az

I had severe stomach issues that caused my R Arthitis to worsen. I've had RA for 10 years and was able to manage pretty well with fitness,, food,, and herbs but last year has been unbearable. Everything I ate caused debilitating pain in my joints that led me to sleepless nights, sleeping all day and starving myself. I lost over 15 lbs in a short time and was already skinny. I found out thru lab tests that I had bacteria in my gut and was severely nutritionally deficient. So I was told to take 4 drops of 2% lugol's on empty stomach in am and afternoon. Within 2 days I was feeling better and was able to start eating.

I added the nutritional supplements that the lab showed ( iron, calcium, vit c, a, b, d, ). Eat lots of greens (juiced bc hate salads), fruits, eggs, chicken, sweet potatoes, legumes which I sprouted myself) and no night shades red meat, dairy, and grains. My body is getting better and I'm slowly starting to gain weight. Bc I starved myself for so long, I'm still reacting to foods that I used to eat before I was sick. But I'm slowly introducing these foods, too. It's been a difficult journey and still is frustrating, but I'm getting better in the 3 weeks since I started lugol's. I still take lugol's in am on empty stomach and slowly increased the dosage from 4 drops to 12 only in mornings. I forgot, I also take enteric probiotics about 30 minutes after the lugol bc it kills all bacteria, even the good ones and probiotics replace the good bacteria and help heal the gut. I also drank antibactetial that Ted suggested but added my own herbs: 1tsp of oregano, cumin seeds, thyme, ground celyon cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of ground clove steep till cool enough to drink and add raw honey. This helped a lot with my inflamed joints along with the healthy diet. Hope this helps. I refuse to take western medicine and natural medicine has always brought me back to "normal" when I was suffering. Hope this helps.


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

Replied 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.

Replied 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