MSG, Gluten, and Lactose: The Big 3 of Food Allergies

Have you ever experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Depression, mood changes or bipolar
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in bones or joints
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Asthma
  • Extreme thirst
  • Insomnia

I think we’ve all had some of these symptoms at least once in our lives. Other issues some of us may have experienced are swelling or pain in the feet, slowed speech, and pressure behind the eyes.

Now we all know there are literally hundreds of medicines available to help alleviate these symptoms, but do they really get to the root cause of the problem?

Now if you look at all these symptoms, you may think they are all separate, but they are ALL signs of being allergic to MSG. MSG is a flavor enhancer added to Chinese food, canned veggies, soups and processed meats.

These symptoms can vary from person to person, but there’s a good chance someone will take a sleeping pill if they can’t sleep. What they may not know is MSG might be the culprit.

In other words,that sleeping pill won’t help them if they keep eating foods with MSG.

Of course not everyone who can’t sleep is allergic to MSG. There are many reasons why a person can’t sleep, but MSG shouldn’t be ruled out without doing a little investigating first.

This rationale can be applied to many of the symptoms listed above as well:

Who among us associates depression with MSG?

How many people are taking anti-depressants when what they really need to do is change their diet?

Who has taken an aspirin for their headache that was caused by eating foods with MSG?

The moral of the story is this: if you don’t feel well, don’t just look at the symptom and treat that, dig a little deeper. Try and determine what’s causing you to feel the way you do. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • When did the symptoms start?
  • Do you feel them after eating certain foods or performing certain activities?
  • Do the symptoms subside? If so, when?

Sometimes, we don’t need medicine, we just need to make a few dietary adjustments. Once we make those changes, we start to feel better, without the use of expensive medicines.

MSG is just one of the many food allergies we face today. Other common food allergies include the following:

Lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include the following:

  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Colic

Lactose is an found in milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, whip cream, foods made with milk and many others.

Gluten. Are you allergic to gluten? Gluten allergy symptoms include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain in abdomen or joints

Gluten is found in many foods including wheat, broth, cold cuts, french fries, mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressings, ice cream, energy bars, etc.

Is there a link between gluten and depression?

The foods we eat can either help us or hurt us. Our first line of defense is NOT medication from the doctor, it’s the foods we eat. Listen to your body. It will tell you everything you need to know!

Change your diet and you can change your life! 

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