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Several Possible Reasons For Food Intolerance

It is possible for multiple people to be sensitive to the same food for many different reasons. Here, we’ll look at some foods to which people are commonly sensitive and/or allergic, and examine some of the possible explanations for their adverse reactions.

Although it’s very tempting for me to explore a lot of these topics in more depth with you guys, I want to keep it short and simple here. If you or a loved one is sensitive to several foods and unsure of the common thread(s) or factor(s), hopefully you will find this quick list helpful in your sleuthing – a resource of possibilities to research and test.


A person could be sensitive to dairy for any of the following reasons (please note: this – and all subsequent lists – are not necessarily comprehensive):

A “lactose-intolerant” person may, in fact, be sensitive to dairy for one or more additional/other reasons.


  • Celiac (a very severe form of gluten sensitivity)
  • A non-celiac form of gluten sensitivity
  • Lectin sensitivity (people with thyroid/autoimmune problems often suffer from this)
  • Wheat protein allergy
  • Glutamate (gluten contains glutamate (the gliadin breaks down into glutamine then glutamate), so gluten and glutamate sensitivities often go hand-in-hand)
  • Histamine intolerance (poor methylation)
  • Phytic acid

Other Grains (Rye, Barley, Spelt, Millet, Oats, Rice, etc.)

  • Lectin sensitivity
  • Gluten sensitivity (particularly with rye, barley, and spelt)
  • Sulfur sensitivity
  • Phytic acid (binds to nutrients, making them unavailable to the body)

Nightshades (Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplant, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, etc.)

  • Lectins
  • Solanine
  • Calcitriol (hardens tissues in the body, can lead to chronic pain, hypercalcemia, arthritis)
  • Glutamate
  • Capsaicin
  • Nicotine
  • Histamine intolerance

What Are Nightshade Vegetables? How to Find Out If You’re Sensitive to Them (Note: ashwagandha is also a nightshade but is not mentioned in this article.)



  • Glutamate
  • Sulfur sensitivity
  • Oxalates
  • Histamine intolerance


  • Nut protein allergy
  • Lectin sensitivity
  • Phytic acid
  • Glutamate
  • Sulfur sensitivity

Alcoholic Beverages


  • Sulfites (can be problematic for those with SUOX genetic mutations)
  • Alcohol sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to cultures / fermented products (often seen with poor methylation, histamine intolerance)
  • Glutamate (glutamate is a factor in the creation of the “umami” (rich, addictive) taste of grapes, Chinese food, soups with MSG, etc.)



  • Lectin sensitivity
  • Sulfur sensitivity
  • Phytic acid

Most (if not all) of the above reasons for food intolerance are applicable for me. This may not be true for you (hopefully it isn’t), but I am living proof that it is possible to be sensitive to a food for several reasons. 😛

In light of this, I’m still somewhat perplexed as to how I justified trying sheep cheese last week. (I definitely paid for it – skin problems, GI distress, head discomfort, aches.) I still want to try camel milk/cheese, as camel milk is in some ways quite different structurally from other types of milk.

However, although the sheep cheese and some exposure to environmental toxins set me back these past few days (…still recovering from the sheep cheese…), I do seem to be regaining some health in general. I have been able to tolerate some more foods lately. 😀

So there is hope! 😉

For more information on types of food intolerance and potentially problematic foods, check out Legit Excuses for Picky Eaters. It categorizes more by food problem than by food type/group, as I did here.

It should be noted that I omitted several potentially problematic foods here. If you have a question about a food not mentioned here, feel free to ask in the comments. But please also take into account that I am not a doctor, and although I endeavor to provide my readers with accurate information, you follow any and all information presented on this blog and in the comments at your own risk. PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER.

Magnesium Deficiency – Approximately 80% of Americans

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Magnesium Deficiency – Approximately 80% of Americans

Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body.

It is estimated that approximately 80% (or more) of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and may be suffering from magnesium deficiency.

Some things that can deplete magnesium levels in the body include:

So basically all of us are being robbed of magnesium, in one way or another.

Potential Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is critically involved in cell energetics.

Magnesium Is Basic To Cancer Treatment – Dr. Mark Sircus

Magnesium Can Help Prevent Chronic Disease – Leah Shainhouse, R.D.

Magnesium – How It Affects Your Sleep – Dr. Michael Breus

Magnesium appears to play a role in the prevention and/or management of many chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

And if your liver detox pathways are operating at suboptimal levels like mine (this is actually not too uncommon, due to mutations on the CBS gene), then ammonia is likely building up in your system (ammonia is a byproduct of the metabolism of protein), as your liver is incapable of filtering it out quickly enough before it floods the bloodstream and reaches your brain. In this case, magnesium “shields” are extra important for your brain.

According to Dr. David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS:

Magnesium is also very important as it helps to stabilize the blood brain barrier.  When blood sugar is imbalanced it causes the body to use up more magnesium and leaves the brain vulnerable to ammonia toxicity.  Magnesium is also important for glutamine metabolism by activating glutamine synthetase, an enzyme that helps to remove ammonia from the cells.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

According to David Perlmutter, MDmagnesium deficiency symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Anorexia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tremors
  • Vertigo
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat

And magnesium-deficiency-related clinical conditions can include:

Dr. Perlmutter has also compiled a long list of drugs (including magnesium hydroxide, an antacid) that deplete magnesium stores in the body.

Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health

Magnesium is needed to stimulate the hormone calcitonin which draws calcium out of the muscles and soft tissues and into the bones. This helps explain why magnesium helps lower the risk of heart attack, osteoporosis, arthritis and kidney stones. – Katie Wells, 10 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency.

Magnesium deficiency can also lead to low serotonin levels (magnesium aids in the conversion of tryptophan to the neurotransmitter serotonin).

Magnesium is also critically involved in the activation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the main source of cell energy). ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion to be biologically active.

Even as I write this, I’m realizing I probably need to take more magnesium, as I still have several symptoms of magnesium deficiency (though fewer than I used to). Right now, I typically take 450-750 mg/day, which is more than the recommended daily amount, but then, celiac disease can lead to magnesium deficiency (as it reduces the body’s ability to absorb nutrients). Maintaining adequate nutrition is a particular challenge for me, especially as I can’t eat most high-magnesium foods:

  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Black Beans
  • Avocado
  • Figs
  • Yoghurt/Kefir
  • Banana

Yep, none of those. 🙂

Tiger nuts are a decent source of magnesium, though, and thankfully, that is a food I can tolerate. But I still have to supplement with magnesium. And I don’t even drink city water. If I were regularly consuming fluoride-rich water, I’d need to supplement with more magnesium yet (and purchase a water filter)!

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Best Forms of Magnesium

The “right” or “best” form will depend on your individual health needs. However, there are some forms (like magnesium oxide) that offer poor bioavailability and/or are basically junk.

I’m a fan of magnesium malate and citrate.

Dr. Traj Nibber, on magnesium malate:

This less well-known combination has been studied for use in fibromyalgia. Since malate is a substrate in the cellular energy cycle, it can help improve ATP production; there is some preliminary evidence that it may reduce muscle pain and tender points in fibromyalgia patients.

And on magnesium citrate:

A commonly used form that has a good bioavailability compared to oxide. It is also very rapidly absorbed in the digestive tract but it does have a stool loosening effect. This form is found in many supplements and remains a solid option for delivering magnesium into the body.

Check out the full article here, where Dr. Nibber discusses several forms of magnesium, and the possible benefits or side effects of various types.

In addition to researching and choosing the best magnesium compound for your body, you also have to decide what form(s) – such as liquid, capsule, powder, and/or bath salts – work best for you.

Katie Wells (blogger at Wellness Mama) uses topical magnesium (magnesium spray), and recommends this for better absorption. I personally have found that magnesium spray causes my skin to itch (though perhaps a different form/brand would work. Not sure I’ve tried the brand she recommends). However, I can tolerate magnesium chloride baths, another method for topical absorption.

These are the salts I use:

Life-Flo Health Care Living Pure Magnesium Flakes, 44 Ounce

I also take magnesium in capsule form. Of the various brands and forms of magnesium I’ve tried, these are a couple that have worked well so far (both mag citrate), and my favorite is the one I’m using now by Pure Encapsulations (simple ingredient list, and doesn’t bother my gut to the degree that the mag citrate powder by Natural Vitality did).

Pure Encapsulations – Magnesium (Citrate) – Hypoallergenic Supplement Supports Nutrient Utilization and Physiological Functions* – 180 Capsules

Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium Anti Stress, Original, 16 oz

With all the toxins and environmental issues/stressors to which we are exposed today, our magnesium need is likely to be much higher than it used to be. The RDA (recommended daily amount) may not be enough (I’m already taking more than the RDA for my gender/age, and it seems that even that may not be enough [although I definitely notice a difference when I do – or don’t – take it. If I skip magnesium for very long, I feel extremely achy, tired, and weak, and my face begins to look more aged.])

Magnesium helps relieve muscle aches (at least to a degree) for me, improves sleep quality and energy levels, and aids in the process of skin repair.

Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.

– Dr. Mercola – Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health

Magnesium Products I Currently Use

Pure Encapsulations – Magnesium (Citrate) – Hypoallergenic Supplement Supports Nutrient Utilization and Physiological Functions* – 180 Capsules (caps)

Life-Flo Health Care Living Pure Magnesium Flakes, 44 Ounce (salts)

See Also:

Magnesium Stearate: Does Your Supplement Contain This Potentially Hazardous Ingredient?

10 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Why Do We Need Magnesium? (this piece also mentions some drugs that could interact with magnesium)

Magnesium Deficiency. Causes and Clinical Implications.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or health professional. Just someone who’s had a lot of health problems, done a lot of research, and has been gradually learning/discovering solutions (read more about my health journey in #myjourneytorecovery). Please do not treat any of this information as medical advice, and consult your physician regarding any health concerns and before trying any products or remedies.

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With the exception of one trip to Denver last week for a family member’s appointment – I haven’t been out of the house since 12/18 last year.

This season, I’ve managed to catch 2-3 bugs/illnesses in immediate succession. (A common cold, followed by the flu, followed by a stomach bug or food poisoning, I think). Apparently I’m attractive to infectious bugs. <3 🙄 Awwww.

Being “out of commission” for three weeks reminds me of what was my constant reality for much of last year.

I struggled to think, move, or function much at all. Sometimes it was difficult to even put together a meal to eat (and my system could hardly tolerate any foods anyway).

After a lot of research, trial and error with foods/supplements, and three visits with a chiropractor (who actually hasn’t adjusted me yet, but his expertise extends way beyond chiropractic skills/knowledge), I began noticing some significant improvements in my health around early December.

And then WHAM. The Attack of the Bugs commenced.

And my system defended valiantly with sinus congestion, headaches, muscle pain, and gastrointestinal cramping and disgorgement of contents therein.

But even in my temporary sickness, I’ve still sometimes had more energy and fewer symptoms than I had for most of 2017.

Even now, I generally feel less cold, less dizzy, less depressed/anxious, and more awake cognitively than I have in a long time.

It seems that the answers I’ve found for treating my chronic illness – which involved changing my diet/lifestyle – have also improved my resilience to infection.

Which…seems like a no-brainer, I guess.

But it makes me wonder how many of us would experience a curtailment in quantity, duration, or magnitude of flu/cold symptoms if we each ate the right diet for our individual, unique bodies (and avoided foods that make us sick).

Perhaps some of the foods in our diet (even seemingly “innocent” ones – let’s pick on the tomato) are weakening us and causing us to be impacted more severely by the common cold. (If you’re thinking “Hey, what’s so bad about sweet little Tomato?”, please feel free to ask for more info in the comments and also check out Legit Excuses for Picky Eaters. In short, some potential problems with the tomato [at least for some of us] involve solanine, calcitriol, lectins, and glutamate.)

Some things I’ve been taking to recover from infection:

  • Silver (to destroy infectious microbes).
  • Turkey bone broth (to heal the gut, especially after stomach bug).
  • Magnesium (which I try to take anyway, but replenishing the body’s electrolyte reserves is especially important after sickness.)
  • Salt (strengthens the adrenal glands, which can be weakened by sickness).
  • Water with lime juice, baking soda, and monk fruit (for stomach).
  • Hot ginger water with honey (for stomach).
  • Clementines (rich in vitamin C).

Hope this post finds you well. <3 As always, if you have any questions, feel free email me or drop your query in the comments section below. (However, please do not treat any information [in my posts, the comments, or from other correspondence with me] as fact or medical advice [see brief and full disclaimers below]. These are just some remedies I’ve personally found helpful.)

Stay warm + well. <3



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