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Symptoms of Salicyalte Intolerance

Salicylate are the most  widely distributed naturally occurring food chemical capable of provoking reactions , although tartrazine and benzoic acid are also well recognised in susceptible individuals.
Salicylates occur naturally in many different foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and spices, herbs, nuts, juices,tea, wines, and coffee.Sensitive individuals also react to natural compounds such as amines, food additives, preservatives, colouring, emulsifiers and taste enhancers .

Salicylate sensitivity also causes reactions to not only aspirin but also to painkillers (except paracetamol) - avoid non steroid anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Aspirin,Ibuprofen,Nurofen etc.

Salicylates Intolerance is not an allergic reaction(Non-IgE-mediated) but the symptoms can mimic pharmacological side effects in susceptible individuals.

Adverse reactions occurs to natural chemicals in food especially fruit and vegetables which have an accumulative effect in the body causing higher than normal levels of these chemicals in the blood ,making sufferers toxic and cause severe symptoms.

You can react within 30 minutes of ingestion or 48 hours later and because of this it can be difficult to isolate the cause.


Most common symptoms of Salicylate Intolerance:



Asthma and other breathing difficulties
Angioedema-swelling of eyelids, face and lips
Changes in skin color/skin discoloration
Difficulty in Swallowing
Frequent need to urinate
Itchy skin, hives or rashes
Persistent cough
Memory loss and poor concentration
Stomach pain/indigestion
Sore, itchy, puffy or burning eyes
Sinusitis/Nasal polyps
Tinnitus-ringing in the ears




Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty waking up
Slurred speech


Food Intolerance symptoms  by Ann Swain & Robert Lobley  sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy


Salicylate contents of foods

Dr Anne Swain's did an analysis  back in the eighties on the levels of salicyaltes in food . PDF file.  sswahs.nsw.gov.au

The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Allergy Clinic Australia has continued her research.They have brought out new guidelines in 2013 in their book "The RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook with food & shopping guide " sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Some foods  have changed for examples,Mangoes,Fennel, Avocados,were moderate but are now high.Even if you follow the chart correctly the amount of Salicyltes in foods can vary depending how ripe the fruit was when picked and soil also plays a part.According to the RPAH organic fruit can be slightly higher.


If you suspect that you are suffering from salicylate Intolerance seek medical advice .

Elimination diet should be under the guidance of a Dietician.It may take 4/6 weeks to eliminate all saliyclates build up of toxins in your system but you should notice a gradual improvement.You may also experience withdraw symptoms from the high levels of salicylates especially coffee .If you are unwell the process of elimination of salicylates from your system will be slower .

Once the diet is completed you can SLOWLY start reintroducing more foods back into your diet.Keep a food diary to see what you tolerate .A well balanced diet low in Salicyaltes can give you all the nutrients and vitamins that you need for example brussels sprouts, potatoes and cabbage are all very good sources of vitamin C.,you may need to become more creative in your recipes. !

Keeping a Food diary is essential and indefinite!
Unfortunately saliycates are found in all areas of your enviroment , cosmetics, beauty creams (anti wrinkle!),shampoos, household chemicals, perfumes, air fresheners,mints,aloe vera( very high),incense(very high in sals),medication,vitamins,colored capsules and coatings on drugs,

Note down any adverse reactions symptoms to:
Foods you eat
Places you visit and any adverse reaction eg shopping malls,hairdressers.
What cosmetics and toiletries you use
Household cleaners,laundry,washing up products
Take note of any smells or chemicals in your environment

It is worth noting that food chemical intolerance can get worse or better over time despite dietary intervention, due to hormonal influences beyond your control.

         Water fasting days

                Fasting 1/day

I have found one day a week on just water to help reduce the build up of Salicyaltes and flush out my system helps me .If I need the energy or I am not well enough I have a banana day.

It has potassium, magnesium, vitamin b6, vitamin C and only 100 calories for one medium Banana.

This regime works for me but we are all different so find out what works best for your body.If you have any other diseases seek professional advice before doing a water day.

US scientists on fasting

Fasting for two days a week could help protect the brain against degenerative illnesses, according to US scientists. counteract impact of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Fasting-protect-brain-diseases-scientists.   theguardian.com


Other remedies

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate , also known as baking soda, is used to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion by neutralizing excess stomach acid and act as an atacid.

Sodium bicarbonate is also used to make the blood and urine more alkaline in certain conditions. As it is alkaline it increases the pH of the urine ,aids excretion of the acidic compounds of salicylates and flushes it out of the system .

What I find helpful

Schweppes Soda Water(Sodium Bicarb) a glass with main meal ( some companies  say Soda water but it is only carbonated water!).

When I feel a build up of salicylates or upset stomach I take a glass Glass of Enos also has Sodium Bicarb in it .


Ingesting too much Sodium Bicarbinate means increase in the bodies sodium levels this can cause swelling of both legs and feet(oedema) due to fluid retention, also can raise blood pressure . Anybody with kidney or heart problems is also discouraged from drinking baking soda solutions.

Other remedies I use

Fluid intake

Keep well hydrated by having about 8 cups of total beverages a day and this helps to flush out your system.Remember taking to much water can end up flushing out essential nutirients.


When I am very bloated I use charcoal tablets (charcoal is used for Aspirin poisoning) Activated charcoal is used to treat indigestion,flatulence,bloating,heartburn and poisonings.It is a highly effective natural adsorbent of gases ,toxins and bacteria found in the large intestine that can lead to bloating.The excessive gas binds to the surface of the charcoal powder and is then excreted with the charcoal in the stools thus relieving discomfort.


Detoxifying Salt Baths for Salicylate Build up

Epsom Baths

Epsom Salt also known as Magnesium Sulphate is a natural pure mineral. .Salts is just molecules that form because the parts have opposite electrical charges that bind together. Magnesium has a positive charge and Sulfate has a negative charge.

Epsom Salt baths have been used for centuries and is a simple way to draw toxins out of the body to the skin's surface and reduce swelling and relax muscles. It boosts your body's magnesium and sulphate level which is absorbed into the body through the skin more than from any other method.

Always check with your doctor before using Epsom salt if you are pregnant or have any serious medical conditions.

Best to have the bath a hour so before bedtime for about thirty minutes or so .

Put into running bath water;

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup of Sea salt

2 cups Baking soda

Relax in bath for up to 20 minutes or more


The RPAH Elimination Diet (Failsafe).  failsafediet.wordpress.com

The Failsafe Diet Explained-An introduction to the failsafe diet, with diet charts,The RPAH Elimination Diet.  failsafediet.wordpress.com

                Salicylate Chart-This link will bring you to a list of low/ moderate /high salicylates in foods.  salicylatesensitivity.com

Sue Dengate book "The Failsafe Cookbook" will help you keep to a failsafe diet. Her website has several articles on Salicylate Intolerance and has a list of Dieticians that you can contact in the UK.    Fedup.com

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Clinics book "Friendly food " .  sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Salicylate food charts.  salicylatesensitivity.com





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