Sulfite Allergies

sulfite allergy
Many people have some type of physiological reaction to sulfite (sulphate) containing  products.

In fact sulfites are one of the top 10 most common food allergens and the FDA (USA) states that 1 out of every 100 people has some type of sensitivity to sulfites.

This chemical sensitivity isn’t considered a true allergy, but some can test positive for sulfite reactions in skin allergy tests.

Common Sulfate Allergy Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus congestion
  • Tightness of the throat
  • Hives
  • Can trigger asthma  attacks in asthmatics 

Some believe that sulfites can be tied to a number of health conditions and symptoms. There is anecdotal evidence that describes cases where people found relief from many symptoms once they  have committed to a sulfite free diet.

Possible Symptoms and Diseases Related to Sulfites

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Bed wetting
  • Bloating
  • Brain fog
  • Candida and other fungal infections
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Ear infections
  • Heart palpitations
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Joint pain
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle weakness/loss
  • Nose bleeds
  • Skin conditions
  • Tooth pain and sore gums
  • Vaginal yeast infections

If you are experiencing the above symptoms after you eat certain foods or if you have any of the above disorders you may want to look at the amount of sulfites in your diet.

If you have been frustrated by health conditions that just won’t clear up and ones that have the doctors confused, sulfites may be to blame. Unfortunately, our food supply is full of chemicals and these chemicals are relatively new additions to the human food chain.

We really have a no idea how sulfites and other chemicals will effect the population long-term, but more and more evidence is pointing to food additives as the root cause for the many health conditions that society seems to be plagued with.

Sulfite allergies can be causing more problems than we realize, but a clean diet free from sulfites and other food additives can lead to overall better health.

It’s important to know all about your food allergies and how better to treat and manage them so you can live a healthier and more enjoyable life.


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