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Brain Food Allergies?

I’m hoping for some help on an issue apparently inflicting my brother. I’m not so sure he isn’t just imagining this stuff, or overtired or eating himself into a food coma, but he swears that lactose, gluten and chicken all make him “foggy.” He also says medications - he also has ADD, but says this food stuff happened well before he was on any meds - hit his brain extremely quickly compared with “normal” people. His description is that it seems like he has a ridiculously fast metabolism – which does not appear to be the case based on our family and his body – so he feels medications and sugar very quickly in his brain.

He has recently come to this conclusion that he has a brain allergy without any physical manifestations that you might see in Celiac’s Disease or with lactose intolerance. His only complaint is “fogginess” that “clouds his brain” quickly after eating these foods.

My brother is a smart guy, in college, with a high IQ, but sometimes I swear he is an idiot. He says he is going to talk to someone about this “soon.” So I was really just hoping to hear from people if they have any experience with food allergies in the brain, have even heard of brain food allergies, if they might have any other theories I can take to him, or even a type of specialist he should talk to.

Thanks

i don’t follow your post too well, or maybe it’s his logic. however the fogginess is familiar. some carb foods will put me into a food coma… i blame the dastardly gluten. but i also get the shits if i have gluten food, so it’s not just a “brain food allergy”. unfortunately seems the same thing has begun happening with milk. i get lethargic, gassy and the shits again. not sure if it’s the lactose because i seem to be fine with yogurt and cottage cheese.

anyway, my suggestion: regardless of whether his issue is real or all in his head, just don’t eat those foods. problem solved. no need to look for a clinical diagnosis.

Give him some Alpha-GPC and Power Drive. Adderall or whatever ADD meds he takes can deplete his choline. Along with an elimination diet (google it) it would be worth a shot. Those two supps I recommended help to erase fogginess. Also if you can post a pic of him with his own shoe next to his head that would be helpful. Foot to face-width ratio can have an impact of the brain’s fogginess susceptibility.

[quote]BulletproofTiger wrote:
Also if you can post a pic of him with his own shoe next to his head that would be helpful. Foot to face-width ratio can have an impact of the brain’s fogginess susceptibility.[/quote]

His shoe/face photo is already on this site. The original shoe/face guy is my brother. Told you he was an idiot!

No, but seriously, thanks for the advice - I’ll pass it along and try to get him to experiment with it. However, he only recently started ADD meds but has had this problem for ~10 years, so I have no idea if this will do anything.

I would like to clarify my original post by putting my question more succinctly and clearly, as well as adding some insights and clarifications my brother has shared today:

My brother is convinced that he has developed allergies to certain foods that he has eaten a lot of in the past; specifically, chicken, milk, and especially wheat. These foods do not affect him physically (no bloating, diarrhea etc) - only mentally - causing ‘fogginess’ and other changes in brain function. He has completely changed his diet (switched from wheat to quinoa, chicken to turkey, milk to rice milk etc) and says the problem is completely gone.

However, I am wondering if there is some anecdotal evidence from other people on this forum that have similar experiences with so-called ‘brain food allergies,’ or even from some of the experts. I realize I just said the problem has gone away, but I’m still not convinced this isn’t all in his head, so to speak, considering the lack of respectable resources even on a Google search. And yes, the change in diet may have worked, I’d still like to know if this is a real thing.

And if anyone thinks I should move this thread somewhere else (Get a Life?), let me know.

Thanks