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Caffeine

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”

Adverse Food Reactions

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”

Tyramine

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”

Histamine

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”

MSG

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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