Salicylates can cause such a variety of symptoms.
The most common ones being:
- Respiratory symptoms such as asthma and sinus congestion
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and welts.
- Digestive complaints such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
Salicylates can also cause brain fog, tinnitus, watery and itchy eyes and headaches.
I had a client a few months ago that came to see me with recurrent urinary tract infections. She was trying to understand why she was getting them so frequently for the past few years and why taking supplements and antibiotics didn’t clear them entirely.
I tested her and got that she was sensitive to salicylates, yeast and sugar and also that there was an emotional component to why the infection kept coming back.
She confirmed that she gets an infection every time she has alcohol (even half a glass of wine is enough to set it off). Wine is high in salicylates as well as yeast and sugar, so again that all made sense to me. She also said that at times of stress (work and relationship related), her infections would flare up.
After 3 treatments in which I treated her sensitivity to salicylates, sugar and yeast and cleared the emotional blockages related to the infections, she was feeling much better.
I treated her 6 months ago and yesterday she sent me an email with a testimonial as she would like others to know that even a urinary tract infection can be related to salicylate allergies.
In the past 6 months her symptoms have been 90% better at at times 100% better.
Maybe your symptoms are due to a salicylate sensitivity?
The easiest yet hardest way to find out if you have salicylates allergy is to go on a salicylate elimination diet and then slowly reintroduce them back into your diet. Alternatively, you can go on a low salicylate diet plan and see if your symptoms improve.
The reason I wrote it is the easiest and the hardest way is because going on a salicylate elimination diet is so restrictive and difficult, yet if you stick to a low salicylate diet plan, you will know within a few days if salicylates allergy is the cause of your symptoms as you will feel better once you eliminate them from your diet.
Foods High in Salicylates – A Comprehensive List
There are many salicylate food lists out there, yet they are in so many foods, so it is hard to find a very comprehensive one.
I often get asked if chocolate is included in the list of foods high in salicylates or if ginger is high in salicylates. Sometimes it is hard to find that information. I have compiled a very comprehensive salicylate food list in pdf form for you to have.
Staying off salicylates for long periods of time can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. If you think you are reacting to salicylates and would like to get that treated, you will need to follow a very strict low salicylate diet for 24 hours after the treatment and after then we will discuss how to reintroduce them back into your diet in a safe way.
Dr. Tomaya Weiser is passionate about supporting people to improve their health and overcome their allergies and intolerances. She’s a Chinese medicine Doctor and also a certified practitioner of IPEC, Theta healing, Pranic healing and Kinesiology.