What is a Histamine reaction and what should I do if I experience this?
Histamine reaction is similar to an allergic reaction. This reaction is mainly due to an accumulation of histamine caused either by diet or by the release of histamine from mast cells as an immune response to an allergen.
During Spring time, when you are exposed to pollen, it can cause such a reaction. Histamine reaction can present a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms. From itchy skin, to sinusitis, to diarrhea. Taking anti-histamine tablets can cause a shift in the symptoms from let’s say sinusitis to blotchy and itchy skin.
Histamine is also produced by bacteria on or in food. High histamine foods to avoid are:
- alcohol and other fermented beverages
- fermented foods and dairy products, such as yogurt and sauerkraut
- dried fruits
- processed, smoked or aged meats
- fish and shellfish
- aged cheese
And then there are also foods that cause the release of histamine by mast cells in your body, like:
- wheat germ
- citrus fruits
- nuts, specifically walnuts, cashews, and peanuts
- food dyes and other additives
Histamine intolerance often indicates a lack of the necessary enzymes in the gut that normally breaks down dietary histamine. By following the elimination diet, one can easily identify what the core causes are, and work around them until histamine tolerance is established, starting with the gut.
Histamine can also let us know that what we are eating is not good for the body. Knowing what your body like and what it dislikes is part of the journey of the metabolic diet. Our Quantum Resonance Scan can give you a report that details your histamine intolerance and we can recommend the metabolic diet and various herbal tinctures to help you remedy the issues as well.
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