We interviewed Andi Stowe of Nourished Blessings about the low-glutamate REID Diet (Reduced Excitatory Inflammatory Diet) developed by Katie Reid PhD of Unblind My Mind. You can watch the replay below:
Glutamate is an amino acid that is produced endogenously in the body and also consumed exogenously through foods. It is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our central nervous system, and it is responsible for regulating the receptors of other neurotransmitters.
Free, unbound glutamate in excess in the body causes excitoxicity, in which brain cells become so excited that they die, potentially causing neurological symptoms seen in conditions such as:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Learning disabilities
- PANDAS and PANS
- Bipolar disorders
- Anxiety disorders
Processed foods generally contain high levels of free glutamate, and the REID diet excludes them, as well as foods and ingredients that contain high levels of free glutamate including:
- Gluten-containing foods
- Dairy-containing foods
- Monosodium glutamate
- Artificial and natural flavors
- Any food with “umami” such as soy sauce, coconut aminos and Bragg’s aminos
- Anything containing “glutamate”
- Anything containing “hydrolyzed”
- Anything “autolyzed”
- Any protein “isolate”
- Protein powders
For a more comprehensive list, please see our page on the low-glutamate diet.
Tune in to watch our previously recorded Instagram Live with Andi Stowe, hosted by Shandy Laskey of Speaking of Health & Wellness and the Social Media Director of Epidemic Answers.
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About Andi Stowe
Andi Stowe is a health and clean eating blogger living in Greenville, SC. She spends her days supporting and educating families to overcome their health struggles by incorporating the cleaner, low-glutamate REID diet. Many of her efforts are centered around the dangers and removal of free glutamate found in many processed foods.
She discovered that her son’s developmental delays and autism symptoms resolved when she removed additives from his diet and worked to balance neurotransmitters. Andi is passionate about bringing awareness to health issues associated with excess glutamate and using food and lifestyle to heal.
This information is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided.
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Unblind My Mind: Dr. Reid’s website gives extensive explanation about the science, a TED talk by Dr. Reid and video tutorials to help parent’s discern appropriate foods in a local supermarket