Can salicylates cause headaches?

Headaches are a common affliction that can have a variety of causes. One potential culprit that is often overlooked is salicylates. Salicylates are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in many plants, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Aspirin, which is a medication commonly used to treat headaches, is also a salicylate. While salicylates can be beneficial in many ways, they can also cause problems for some people, particularly those who are sensitive to them.

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Salicylates are found in a wide range of foods, including apples, oranges, berries, grapes, peaches, plums, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, and many more. They are also found in many spices, such as curry powder, paprika, and thyme, as well as in some beverages, such as tea and wine. Salicylates are often added to medications and personal care products, such as toothpaste and skin creams, as well.

While most people can tolerate salicylates without any problems, some people are sensitive to them. Salicylate sensitivity, also known as salicylate intolerance, is a condition in which a person experiences symptoms after consuming foods or products that contain salicylates. Symptoms can vary widely and may include headaches, gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, respiratory issues, and more.

One of the most common symptoms of salicylate sensitivity

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of salicylate sensitivity. The mechanism behind this connection is not entirely clear, but it is thought to be related to the way that salicylates affect the body’s production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that are involved in pain and inflammation, among other things. Salicylates can interfere with the body’s ability to produce prostaglandins, which can lead to headaches in some people.

In addition to interfering with prostaglandin production, salicylates can also irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines. This irritation can lead to the release of substances that trigger headaches, as well as other symptoms such as nausea and abdominal pain.

Diagnosing salicylate sensitivity can be challenging, as there is no specific test for it. Instead, doctors typically rely on a combination of symptoms and dietary history to make a diagnosis. If you suspect that you may be sensitive to salicylates, it is important to keep a food diary and track your symptoms. Working with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian can also be helpful in identifying trigger foods and developing a plan to manage symptoms.

The most effective treatment is..

Many people believe that the most effective treatment is typically to avoid foods and products that contain salicylates. This can be challenging, as salicylates are found in so many different foods and products. However, with careful planning and attention to detail, it is possible to follow a low-salicylate diet that meets all of your nutritional needs, though it may be hard to do that long term.

You can have your salicylate sensitivity tested and treated using IPEC, so you could have more salicylates in your diet with little to no symptoms. Click here to get in touch and find out more.

 

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Lauren, Washington state, USA

Tomaya's method of healing has produced amazing results. I was having debilitating reactions to a variety of foods at almost every meal before working with Tomaya. Since Tomaya's treatments, I have been able to enjoy foods containing salicylates, amines, and dairy again, with no reaction. I experienced significant improvement after the first session. Her approach is gentle, yet effective. I am grateful that I found her!   Lauren, Washington state, USA

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