What Is Histamine Intolerance
Contrary to what many people think, Histamine intolerance is not sensitivity to histamine, but an indication that you developed too much of it.
Histamine is responsible for communicating messages to the brain, triggers the release of stomach acid for digestion, it is also released after injuries and allergies as immune system response.
If the Histamine is too high in your bloodstream, it will not be broken down properly and it can affect your body functions.
How To Diagnose
- Elimination diet
- blood test for DAO deficiency
- Prick test
Symptoms Of Histamine Intolerance
Many Symptoms can be similar to common allergies responses.
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus issues
- Digestive issues
- Abdominal cramping
- Tissues Swelling
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- difficulty regulating body temperature
What Causes High Histamine
You can develop a Diamine Oxidase (DAO) deficiency. This enzyme is produced along with histamine. If DAO is deficient, your body can not break down histamine and you can develop an intolerance.
This can be caused by :
- Medication that block DAO
- Licky gut
- Histaminic rich foods
- Foods that block DAO
Recommended Diet For Histamine Intolerance
A low histamine diet may help ease the symptoms. You should talk to your doctor about the symptoms.
Histamine can start to be produced in foods when they start spoiling, because of certain bacteria. The biggest source is an animal food source. Animal-derived food sources can be contaminated with bacteria after seat for a while. Fermented foods can also be a big source of histamines. We can say the worse source will be meat and fish, special if not supper fresh.
Some fruits and vegetables like citrus, bananas prunes, strawberries, raspberries, papaya, mushrooms. spinach, pears, kiwi, eggplant, avocado, canned vegetables, and prepared salads can also be very high in histamines.
Cheese can also be a big source of it.
It is very important to USE HIGH-QUALITY FRESH FOODS or fresh frozen and well inspected, to make sure there are no molds, bacteria, or fungus that will cause a histamine reaction.
Foods To Avoid
- Fermented foods
- Dried fruit
- Processed foods
- Smoked foods
- Aged Cheese
- Citrus fruits
- food color
- Black tea
- Green tea
- energy drinks
Foods To Eat
- Fresh Meat
- Fresh Fish
- Fruit (non-citrus)
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Fresh vegetables(except the one behind)
- Olive oil
It is very important to focus on food quality, and how you store your foods. Take care not to let fish, meats, seafood, cheeses, foods sit out for long periods.
Consult with a dietician to help be on a low-histamine diet
What More Can You Do
- Remove bad pathogens
- Repair your gut and remove the source of inflammation and infection
- Use good low histaminic probiotics
- Supplement with Quercitine, vitamin C, Magnesium