What is it?: a natural chemical that acts as a central nervous system stimulant Where is it?: coffee, chocolate, sodas, some pain relieves like Excedrine Is it a common trigger?: yes – and a common treatment! The Basics Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and has multiple effects on your body and mind. It causes alertness, whichContinue reading “Caffeine”
There are a lot of terms out there for abnormal reactions to food – food allergies, food intolerances, food triggers, and food sensitivities. So what’s the difference? Food Allergy A food allergy is probably the most well-known food reaction but is also the least common – and most dangerous. When you eat a food you’re allergicContinue reading “Adverse Food Reactions”
What is it?: a natural chemical produced when foods are aged or ripened Where is it?: fermented, aged, cured, and overripe foods Is it a common trigger?: probably not! The Basics Tyramine is a natural food chemical widely thought of as a common migraine trigger. It’s a result of the breakdown of tyrosine, an amino acid naturally foundContinue reading “Tyramine”
How do we figure out if a food is a “common trigger”? The science behind food triggers is always tricky. We all have our own unique chemistry that determines our personal triggers. Factors that influence how we react to food include: Our ability to digest and absorb food The composition of our gut bacteria Genetic mutationsContinue reading “Evaluating Food Trigger Science”
What is it?: a natural chemical that is part of your immune system Where is it?: found naturally in your body and in certain foods like smoked meats, mature cheeses, and eggplant Is it a common trigger?: if histamine is building up in your system, then yes! The Basics Histamine is a natural chemical found in your body.Continue reading “Histamine”
What is it?: a food additive derived from glutamate, an amino acid Where is it?: packaged foods, Asian dishes Is it a common trigger?: probably not (hear me out!) The Basics MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a food additive commonly found in Asian dishes and prepackaged foods. It’s known for its distinctive umami flavor and has long been thought ofContinue reading “MSG”
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