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Histamine blockers, whether over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription anti-histamine medications are no way to live with allergies, nor do they provide a cure. Histamine is made within our bodies as a result of inflammatory reactions and immune responses. There are very little exogenous sources (obtained from the outside) of histamines. In another words, your body produces histamine.
Are allergens on your case or on your plate? Histamine intolerance symptoms go beyond rashes, hives, and itching. In fact, many people are unaware that their headaches or migraines, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, vertigo and gastrointestinal disorders may be a result of too much histamine.
Liver health is the primary cause of histamine intolerance as becomes problematic when people have too much in their blood or a specific tissue. When true allergens have been ruled out, such as tests do not show immunoglobulin E [IgE] reactions, there are two other scenarios in which this can take place. The first and probably most common scenario, typically known as “histamine intolerance,” is when someone either absorbs too much histamine from the GI tract or does not break it down well in the liver (or both). Many foods contain histamine, and if the histamine is not successfully broken down during the digestive process. Liver function is also, of course, required to break down the histamine to be excreted as waste. When one or both of these functions are not working properly, the result is a histamine builds up, thus intolerance and symptoms present themselves.
A deficiency of an enzyme, called diamine oxidase (DAO), which is responsible for breaking down histamine in the gut, the liver and other tissues. Low DAO activity in the gastrointestinal tract and liver due to genetic susceptibilities (weaknesses), combined with gut inflammation, excess estrogen and inefficient methylation (detoxification) can create a perfect storm, causing massive histamine overload. The approach to deal with this situation must be multifaceted and cannot all be covered here.
Because people often have multiple food sensitivities or a condition called Environmental Illness due to intestinal permeability issues or SIBO, I do not recommend solely implementing a strict low-histamine diet. However, I do encourage such people to limit or avoid the biggest offenders listed. The dietary recommendations for individuals with histamine intolerance call for a diet rich in the B vitamin complex, glycine and flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin; all found in the product Cellular Vitality. It is recommended to exercise caution with probiotics, which can worsen the symptoms of histamine overload. We recommend only using the following bacterial strains: L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, L. casei and B. bifidum. This approach, coupled with addressing the major GI disorders, usually works very well.
Give this below list of foods to avoid a trial run for at least a month and pay attention to your symptoms and if they decrease.
HISTAMINE “ LIBERATORS” TO AVOID:
(listed in order of importance from sever to less reactive-causing from my experience)
Additives (benzoate, sulfites, nitrites, glutamate and food dyes)
Most citrus fruits and strawberries
Over-ripe or fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, pickles, etc. (or anything that contains vinegar as well as alcohol)
Smoked or cured meats
Shellfish, canned fish
Cocoa and chocolate
Black tea energy drinks
Green tea, mate tea
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