Problems Digesting Garlic/Onions

What Causes Problems Digesting Onions Or Garlic?

Problems digesting onions or garlic can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose problems digesting onions or garlic, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "problems digesting onions or garlic" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Liver Congestion
  • Food Allergies

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slight tongue swelling
ovarian cysts
undigested fat in stools
frequent sneezing / attacks
high refined white flour consumption
occasional episodes of diarrhea
chronic diarrhea
past pain/burning behind breastbone
regular postprandial somnolence
frequent unexplained nausea
poor mental clarity
positive results from coffee enemas
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of problems digesting onions or garlic:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 96% Confirm
Liver Congestion 64% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate occasional problems caused by eating, regular problems caused by eating or frequent problems caused by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have any digestive problem when eating garlic or onions?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, trouble with garlic
→ Yes, trouble with onions
→ Trouble with both
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no garlic/onion intolerance, garlic intolerance, onion intolerance or intolerance of both garlic and onion, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

Onion or garlic allergy is often called an 'intolerance' rather than an allergy.  Symptoms may manifest immediately, or be delayed for up to a day.

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

An inability to digest onion or garlic may indicate compromised liver function.

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