Salicylates: Action Steps
In summary, you are probably better off including the foods that have dietary salicylates than avoiding them. When it comes to aspirin specifically, the good side of it is that it can lower inflammation (and make platelets less apt to stick together).
The drawback, though, is that you get so much, and in a different chemical form, that it can also have adverse effects on preventing tissue healing (like in the gut lining or the kidneys). This means that aspiring, effectively, is one of the biggest triggers for leaky gut syndrome.
But these dosages, and these very types that we find in aspirin, do not relate to the dietary salicylates that we find in so many foods. Instead, the data is strong that the foods that do have these salicylates are just good foods to include in your diet overall.
If you do happen to see symptoms like the ones we have described above, think also about immune stressors that you might have. These can include:
- Airborne allergies (indoor and outdoor)
- Dietary allergies
- Histamine intolerance (1)
Whether you have outdoor or indoor allergies, they are a big thing and affect many people. Sometimes, they cause symptoms you would not expect.
There is the classic itchy eyes, runny nose, hoarse voice and dry cough, but they can also make you feel run down. You just feel tired for no clear reason. Some people find they are not sleeping as well. That may be tied to not breathing effectively. Some experience more aches and pains, which can all come from allergies.
With airborne allergies, your immune system is trying really hard to protect you. In general, it is more apt to attack something harmless than it is to ignore something dangerous. So, rather than miss some bad bacteria and have it hurt you, your body is going to make the mistake of attacking pollen because it looks like the bad bacteria. When this happens, you experience the symptoms.