Recently, I’ve been thinking about histamine intolerance – mostly because I was finding if I slather my head in antihistamine cream, it seems to help my headaches/migraine and also I realised that my core diet fits very well with the histamine diet. Ooer, I thought.
So, of course, off I went researching it. I know a lot about it but I wanted to know more, as usual, and so do you judging from how many times I am emailed about it!
Anyway, the result of all that research is a lovely new Histamine Factsheet for you which I have just added to the shop for a mere fiver :). This factsheet will now enable me to point you to loads more info on the causes and how to investigate and deal with them, give you tips to help bring symptoms under control and, importantly, I spent AGES working out some very specific clinical protocols for you – including a nice two-product easy one to try before we get all complicated.
Here’s some blurb for you – and check below if you recognise yourself in the symptom list – even I was surprised by some of them I just hadn’t connected with histamine before!
This 40 page factsheet will help you identify if histamine intolerance is part of your issue and, if it is, what to do about it! Yes, we know we have to follow a low histamine diet – but which list is the right one – they all vary don’t they?! But it’s not just about the diet.
Histamine Intolerance is not actually an intolerance at all; that’s a bit of a misnomer. It’s a condition of histamine excess and the key is working out why histamine is high in the first place – and why it is high some days and you’re fine on others! My theory is that many people simply don’t have the nutrition co-factors in place to break the histamine down effectively, hence the build-up. In this factsheet, I give you my take on what’s going wrong and how to address each issue, helping you to lower your overall histamine load and keep it down! Clue: it’s FAR from being as simple as throwing a DAO supplement at it, although that can help if your problem happens to be low DAO. But what if you can’t even tolerate the DAO supplements, what else can you do?
There are some estimates that up to 10% of the population suffer from some degree of histamine sensitivity and possibly 2% who have severe histamine excess. Basically, we need histamine. It’s just that some people can have too much in their system and they overload, triggering the classic histamine symptoms that include mood changes, head pain, hives, sensitivity reactions etc. Commonly, excess histamine is also involved in wakefulness and insomnia and gut problems, so not just the allergy symptoms we mostly think of.
These are all Histamine Intolerance symptoms. Recognise yourself?
- Headaches and migraines
- Itching and irritation – especially eyes, ears, nose, skin; hives, urticaria, prickly heat
- Eczema, psoriasis
- Fatigue – HIT and adrenal fatigue are often found together
- Facial/neck flushing
- Nausea/vomiting, motion sickness
- Fast heart rate and blood pressure changes, sometimes nose bleeds
- Large bites when bitten
- Anxiety, panic attacks, sudden mood changes, blackouts
- Swelling (inflammation) esp in face, mouth and throat – histamine is linked to rheumatoid arthritis too
- Insomnia, sleep difficulties, waking etc
- Sneezing and sinus congestion, dry mouth, runny nose
- Irregular periods and worse symptoms before periods and in perimenopause because oestrogen releases histamine and histamine triggers oestrogen
- IBS symptoms including abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, feeling of fullness
- Heartburn, indigestion
- Asthma and exercise-induced asthma, chest tightness, constricted breathing
- Chest pains
- Thyroid problems – histamine helps control the release of TSH
- Weight problems – low or high, because histamine is involved in appetite control and leptin levels
- Light sensitivity, even not being able to go out because of reactions
It’s a bit of a minefield, isn’t it?! Don’t worry, I’ve simplified it for you. Here’s what’s included:
Welcome and Housekeeping 4
Neurological Histamine Imbalance 9
What Causes High Histamine? 11
Testing for Histamine Intolerance 16
The HIT Diet Guidelines 18
Treating Histamine Intolerance 19
Histamine and Genetics 22
A First-Line Treatment? 24
The HIT Protocol 26
Boosting DAO 29
Symptom Support 36
Getting Support 39
I hope it helps you, truly, and that your future is much less histameanie than the present. Let me know what you think. Oh, and by the way, if you prefer a Kindle version, it will be on Amazon shortly too. I thought I’d be brave and have a go at putting some of the factsheets out there a bit more!