As someone diagnosed with epilepsy, I quickly learned that there are many things that can trigger seizure activity. It became part of my life to be 100% aware of everything that I did or didn’t do properly, when I would have a seizure episode.
For a long time, my main concerns were stress, flickering lights, roller coasters, illness such as cold and flu where my immune system would be weakened. Watching the types of food and food products was not something that was initially discussed with me.
After a while Iearned that there were many things that were not wise for someone with epilepsy or a seizure disorder to do or even eat.
in today’s society where many people are trying to incorporate a health diet into their lifestyle you get caught up in buying foods, that are less fat, less salt, no added sugars. We get excited to see labels that say heart healthy, less calories and lowers cholesterol. We don’t realize that everything that is suppose to be good, isn’t always good for our body.
i found this out the hard way, without even realizing it was something that was triggering frequent seizures in me. ASPARTAME.
Aspartame, a low-calorie artificial sweetener, has been permitted for use as a food additive used in a number of foods including soft drinks, desserts, breakfast cereals and chewing gum and is also available as a table-top sweetener. It is made by the bonding together of the amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine, which are normal constituents of proteins, to form a dipeptide which is further esterified with methanol.
After keeping a log of the things that I would do on a daily basis, including food I would eat, activities I would do, my stress levels, basically everything that would happen in a day. I started noticing patterns of some of the things I have been eating and the ingredients they contained and my increase in seizure activity. These were things that the majority of us consume on a daily basis, such as yogurt, diet soda, crystal light, gum, desserts and cereals. It is a bit difficult to narrow the route of the problem down when it is included in so many things that you consume. It became a job of taking a away certain foods at a time, and starting to add much more natural and unprocessed items to my diet. After doing research I noticed that one of the side effects of Aspartame was could cause seizures and this was in people who didn’t already have a pre-exisiting seizure disorder, so naturally it would trigger seizures in someone who already had a seizure disorder. As time went on I started seeing some decrease in seizure activity, after eliminating aspartame from my diet.
One thing that I did miss while doing my process of elimination was chewing gum; and I was one to always have packs of gum on me all the time. i didn’t realize that the chewing gum I was buying also contained aspartame in it. After all, how many of us can truly say we pay attention to the ingredients in chewing gum.
The Many Side Effects of Aspartame
While aspartame is enjoyed by millions of people on a daily basis, many people are not aware of some of the side effects and long term damage continuous consumption of the product can cause. While you are trying to improve your health, you should be aware of the potential dangers that you can be causing to your body.
Some of the side effects include but are not limited to:
- blindness in one or both eyes
- decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
- pain in one or both eyes
- decreased tears
- trouble with contact lenses
- bulging eyes
- tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
- severe intolerance of noise
- marked hearing impairment
- epileptic seizures
- headaches, migraines and (some severe)
- dizziness, unsteadiness, both
- confusion, memory loss, both
- severe drowsiness and sleepiness
- parenthesis or numbness of the limbs
- severe slurring of speech
- severe hyperactivity and restless legs
- atypical facial pain
- severe tremors
- severe depression
- personality changes
- palpitations, tachycardia
- shortness of breath
- recent high blood pressure
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
- abdominal pain
- pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
- itching without a rash
- lip and mouth reactions
- aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
- loss of control of diabetes
- menstrual changes
- marked thinning or loss of hair
- marked weight loss
- gradual weight gain
- aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- severe PMS
- frequency of voiding and burning during urination
- excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
- increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
- irreversible brain damage
- birth defects, including mental retardation
- peptic ulcers
- aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
- hyperactivity in children
- severe depression
- aggressive behavior
- suicidal tendencies
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Grave’s Disease
- Meniere’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Detoxify Your Body
If you are or are experiencing some of the above mentioned symptoms, check out what it is that you have been consuming in your body. If you believe that any of your symptoms are caused by the continuous use of aspartame consult your doctor.
some other steps you can take are:
Always be aware of what you are putting in your body, if something doesn’t feel right to you don’t disregard your feelings. Get checked out, and remember too much of any one thing is never good for you.