Food Triggers – Sensitivity

Allergies and Sensitivity to foods is actually quite Common.  With Sensitivity being more common.  Both can trigger a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. 

Allergies can be tested for.  Once you know you food allergen or allergens, you need to eliminate them from your diet.

There are no accurate tests for diagnosing food sensitivity  It needs to be diagnosed by doing a food elimination diet. 

There are many of these.  What is recommended will depend on your medical history and symptoms.  Sometimes it is necessary to try several different diets to find the right fit.  An easier start (and sometimes all that is necessary) is cutting back of these 7 foods known to aggravate chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.

Food Elimination Diets and Special Diets include the following

The most medically accepted diets are Gluten Free Diet (Celiac), Fodmap Diet (IBS), Failsafe - RPAH Elimination Diet for management of multisystem (gut, skin, neurological, respiratory) systems linked to pseudo allergy - pharmaceutical food intolerance

Gluten Free Diet

A strict gluten free diet, will be necessary if you have Celiac Disease.

Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet

This is a popular special diets as it is one of the easiest to follows, and it eliminates the most common foods people can be allergic or sensitive to.  Most Grains and Dairy. 

FODMAP diet:

helps with the management of Irritable Bowel syndrome and in the treatment of gut infections like SIBO

Paleo Autoimmune Diet

Focus is on reducing common allergens and inflammatory foods in the diet while providing highly nutrient dense food that will aid to heal and seal the gut lining, in order to reduce/eliminate symptoms.

Four Day Rotation Diet

This diet is often recommended to people with Multiple Food Sensitivity, where management with any other diet is too restrictive.  Rotation is based on Allergy Food Families. The idea is give food allergens and inflammatory foods time to clear out of the system (takes 3 - 4 day) so they do not build up to a level that triggers unpleasant responses.

Low Oxalate Diet

Sensitivity to oxalates can occur in people with leaky gut and poor ability to break them down and excrete them. it is most commonly recommended to people with Kidney stones.  But can be helpful to others sensitive to oxalates who experience symptoms like these.  pain ‐ urinary tract, joints, genital, intestinaal, eyes, muscles, headaches; burning feet, fatigue or weakness and more.


Feingold Diet

This low salicylate diet. It is most commonly used in the treatment of ADHD. It is also a diet that many with complex health issues like ASD, CFS, FMS find beneficial.  It is thought to be particularly beneficial to people who have poor liver detoxification  - sulfation pathways.

Low Histamine Diet

This diet is usually recommended to people with Mast Cell Activation Disease (MCAS and its rare cousin Mastocytosis), as well as migraine. It is used for people who are low in the enzyme DOA, (and enzyme needed to break down histamine) or when people have too high levels of histamine for other reasons. High levels of histamine can impact the gut, mind, other. 

Food high in histamine (or block histamine breakdown)  include aged and tasty cheese, wine, chocolate, citrus, strawberries.

Failsafe Diet 

The failsafe diet is similar to the feingold and low histamine diet.  It reduces to intakes of salicylates, amines and glutamates.  It is used for the management of pseudo allergy - pharmaceutical food intolerance related multi system illness.  The failsafe diet refers to the RPAH Allergy Unit Elimination Diet.  

Further reference



This is variation of the Specific Carb Diet, with emphasis on restoring gut health. It is said to help with Neurological symptoms, mental health issues and symptoms associated iwth IBS, allergies and eczema.  

Ketogenic Diet

Usually recommended for the management of Seizures.  Some people with other neurological disorders including CFS find this diet beneficial. But if mitochondria dysfunction and HPA axis dysregulation  is severe, a person has a metabolic disorder that  makes it hard to convert fat to energy it is not recommend.




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