Happy New Year 2017!! One thing I’ve noticed about my body when it comes to being exposed to MSG is that the level of severity depends on how much MSG I’ve injested.
For me, a serious MSG reaction includes shortness of breath, nausea and a migraine headache. These symptoms hit all at once, and are frightening enough that going to the ER has come to mind. On one occasion, I was unable to take a deep breath — my lungs simply would not inflate.
The lesser symptoms of MSG poisoning for me, include a dull headache, lower back pain and soreness throughout my legs. This always indicates to me that I’ve eaten something that has a small amount of MSG — or a soy derivative.
Everyone is different. I’ve received emails from readers from around the world who’ve experienced many of the same symptoms as I have.
If I have just a bit of something with Soy in it, I know that the next day, I’m going to have lower back and leg pain and stiffness.
Listening to your body is important. While not every ache and pain means something, it is important — especially with an MSG allergy to pay attention to what’s going on.
Remember that ginger is an incredible MSG antidote! It’s also great for treating the pain of arthritis, which I also suffer from.
Some good foods to add to your diet: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower in your salads or stir fry is a great way to fight joint pain. Also, fatty fish like salmon, tuna (not canned), trout and my personal favorite, mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation. Try adding fish to your diet twice a week.