I found out that my reaction to fruits and vegetables was from sulfites spayed on foods to preserve them Sometimes it amounts to brushing the produce real well while rinsing them, taking the peel off, and also asking a store what their policy is for sulfites on produce. Even organic has sulfites sprayed on them. You must ask about this. One must watch for all of the foods that have this.
Please look up "Sulfite Allergy". Find out the foods that must be avoided. I have had to cut a ton of foods out of my diet. The pay off is that I feel a million times better. Watch for problems with packaged foods... frozen, canned, cellophaned, etc. Learn what words are used to indicate the presence of sulfites in foods. Trader Joe's was enormously helpful with their policies on sulfites on foods. Very little of their produce has sulfites.
I also had an allergy to annatto (a yellowing agent) in cheese. My IBS symptoms went away when I stopped eating annatto and foods with sulfites. All of a sudden, I was well and no IBS after at least 15 years of it.
I have arthritis and attributed all of my discomfort to that. I was tested and had a severe allergy to gluten... wheat, rye, and barley. Approximately 2 months after getting off of all gluten, I was amazingly better!!! Fluid came off of my joints. I move easily now.
I had migraines for 50 years. I just found out that my allergy to red dye #40 was causing me to have migraines. I eliminated the red dye from medications, beverages, and foods and like a miracle, my migraines are gone!
At first I felt deprived with many foods having to be cut out of my diet. That lasted a very short time. My trade off was that I now get to feel wonderful by avoiding my allergens.
I hope this helps people. I am sad that it took a life time to find someone (allergist) who really knew what they were doing that could help me feel wonderful! I hope that you find your problem quickly.View Thread
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