I will start by saying Citric Acid Intolerance is really a challenge to manage. The reason being that it’s in food, medication, bath/shower products (bath bombs for example) and so on. You basically need to consider anything that you consume or that comes in contact with your skin and look at the ingredients for:
Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Flavour Enhancer, Natural Flavours/Natural Flavourings, Flavouring/Flavourings, Sodium Citrate, E330, E331, E332, E333, E345
Once you’ve narrowed down what’s left (essentially safe items) you need to build your diet. I know sensory issues will be an issue so things like chicken may be a good idea. It seems to be the one thing our senses agree on but get it locally sourced. Meats can be sprayed with citric acid to keep them fresh longer so stick with reliable local suppliers. Also remember natural ingredients and home cooked meals will always be easier to control.
Be aware if you take CBD oil citric acid can be used as a pesticide on the soil. I think that’s the cause of the illness some people report with CBD products. I wish I could take it to be honest, within a few days I was off morphine and walking every day. It did wonders for my pain, and then the citric acid intolerance symptoms began. Within a month I was off it, but because I was clearer headed I watched the amount of morphine I took from that point.
I always hoped to get a nutritionist to help create a basic diet but that was around the time of my diagnosis. So I didn’t ever get that far, my focus switched to creating the campaign. In terms of advice on food, I will link to the citric acid intolerance group I used to post in below. If you search my name my old posts will still be in the group and there are lots of information in them. You can also look up citric acid intolerance online, just to see if there is any more recent information.
Once you’ve established a safe diet for yourself get an anti fungal detox from a pharmacy or health shop. Activated charcoal capsules, I use Nu-U because after trying different ones they were by far the most effective. Also look to getting non dairy probiotics. You can start it at the same time. Use as directed the detox and probiotics. Take an activated charcoal first thing, and another about an hour before bed. Watching your sugar intake is important too. Your body will have mycotoxins, sugars feed them. It’s why I suspect dairy and gluten can be a problem because they are basically feeding the fire.
After about a week the level of mycotoxins in your body will have reduced greatly (warning you may pee and burp a lot during that time). From then it’s basically a case of management. Speak to your doctor and pharmacy, let them know you can’t have medication with “citric acid or sodium citrate”. This bit is really important, stress that is both inactive and active ingredients. It’s used as a film coating often in medications, therefore ends up on the list of inactive ingredients.
Finally any mould in your home has to be dealt with. Leaving even small patches of mould can set of a serious reaction because your body is sensitive to mycotoxins and spores.
The good news is you may be able to treat yourself occasionally, have a chocolate bar or can of juice. Use the activated charcoal as a preventative measure but make it a rare treat.
Its really difficult to sum up 13 years of work essentially in a short post. That’s why I would suggest joining this group, even if it’s just to get access to more information while you learn to manage it. Plus everyone there knows how your feeling which I do think helps.
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