If you have heartburn, bloating, wind, abdominal pain, headaches, a blocked nose and other common symptoms, the culprit may be histamine intolerance.
These foods are ok, right?
Yes, for many people these foods work great, but not if you have a histamine intolerance.
These and other popular foods are capable of causing all manner of symptoms, including migraines, hives, anxiety, acid reflux, and nasal congestion.
If you haven’t heard of histamine intolerance, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
It’s hard to diagnose and can cause a lot of non-specific symptoms that masquerade as allergies and other medical diagnoses.
Your doctor could give you any number of diagnoses and medications, but the root cause could be histamine intolerance.
It’s a really common cause of digestive symptoms, headaches and migraines, along with skin problems and mental health issues.
Working with people around the world, some of the most common histamine intolerance symptoms we’ve seen are:
As you can see, it’s a pretty impressive list of common symptoms, but alas, histamine intolerance isn’t recognised by many doctors (or even nutritionists, for that matter).
Histamine intolerance symptoms can also be caused by:
These factors may be playing a role in your symptoms in combination.
Without a differential diagnosis, it’s hard to know what’s causing your symptoms, especially if you have a cluster of different symptoms.
That’s why I am always so keen for our clients to get a proper stool test.
Histamine intolerance may be caused by a number of different things, making it tricky to identify:
Bottom line: you either make too much histamine, or you make normal amounts but can’t get rid of it properly.
Either scenario can lead to histamine intolerance and its symptoms.
Dietary changes are the first steps if you suspect histamine intolerance.
Fermented foods are some of the biggest culprits, since even beneficial bacteria produce histamine during fermentation.
In fact, reacting to fermented foods is a classic sign of histamine intolerance.
Other foods that are high in histamine include:
If it turns out that you are histamine intolerance, strict adherence to a low-histamine diet is necessary for a period of time (sigh).
After that, smaller amounts of histamine may be introduced slowly and it’s important to know that individual tolerance varies markedly.
You can take DAO supplements to break down excess histamine, and you can also use a variety of detoxification clays that dissolve in water to help break down histamine.
Improving methylation is very important – poor methylators often have high histamine and this is because key metabolic reactions needing vitamins B6, B12, folate, zinc and other nutrients aren’t working properly.
This needs some investigation, which we’re able to do for you – some of my most challenging clients made significant progress when they improve their methylation.
In order to improve your tolerance to histamine-containing foods, it is crucial to heal the gut and address any microbial imbalances (dysbiosis) or SIBO you might have.
This includes getting rid of H. pylori, Candida and other irritating microbes.
But how do you know you have these little critters? You need to test – there’s no other way.
I recommend working with someone who can help you address these imbalances and create a plan that is tailored to your individual needs.
We offer a detailed case review and 60-minuteto assess your situation and we can do this via phone or Skype if you’re unable to see us in London.
If you’re having a hard time getting to the bottom of your ‘mysterious’ symptoms, you may like to see what’s on offer.
We’ll cut to the chase and help you uncover the real reasons you’re not feeling well, saving you a ton of stress and hassle.