I developed Salicylate Sensitivity when I began the menopause journey. I had a really red puffy face that always looked like I was sunburned or peeling from sunburn. Some days I would wake up with my eyes so gummed up I could barely open my eyes! Other symptoms I have experienced are palpitations and chest pains which both resolved on their own each time.
What I know now is that my hormone changes and being under significant stress, triggered some genetic changes which caused my liver detoxification processes to become dysfunctional. This is why I became less tolerant to salicylates, because my body was less able to process them. Ironically the stress in my life was due to studying to become a naturopath!
So once I figured out the salicylate factor, reducing the salicylate foods in my diet cleared up the face problem pretty quickly. After eating low salicylate for a while I was able to add in some medium salicylate foods too. I found several supplements and remedies useful along the way and now I can eat most things as long as I pay attention to how often I am eating high salicylate foods.
Salicylate Sensitivity Resources
If you are still questioning if salicylates are your issue you can find some basic info here: Fedup.com.au - Salicylates
For a supportive community you can go to these Facebook groups:
Getting your head around the issues.
1. Try to determine if it is only salicylates that are affecting you or if there are other food issues present or other conditions at play.
Other food issues may be histamines, oxalates , gluten, dairy, sugar etc.
2. Elimination diet. For more info go to: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/foodintol/default.html
3. Remember that it is not just food. Salicylates can be found in bathroom products, medications, essential oils, herbal medicines and potentially any scented household products.
4. Once you have determined what your tolerance level is, you can start to trial some of the various supplements that may help your body deal with salicylates.
The FB groups are a good place to see what others have found useful, but keep in mind every body is different. Because the other sensitivities or conditions people have, what works for one person may be problematic for another.
5. If you are not already under the care of a medical professional, consider seeking out one in your area or online. people have found varying levels of success when dealing with medical specialists such as:
Find one you can call or email before making an appointment to ask if they understand salicylate sensitivity.