As the pollen season gets into full swing, it can help to reduce your overall dietary intake of histamine. Try these top high histamine to low histamine food swaps during the Summer:
Tomatoes → Roasted red peppers.
Spinach → Watercress or rocket.
Avocado/Guacamole → Roasted squash/pumpkin.
Chilli/hot paprika → Sweet paprika, turmeric, caraway.
Creme fraiche/sour cream → Oat cream, cottage cheese.
With thanks to Nouveau Health for those. They have also produced a useful handout on Histamine, using their Toxaprevent protocol to reduce histamine levels. I note this is for 6 months and then it doesn’t say what to do after that. I think it is aimed at reducing overall histamine throughout the Summer season, but for more long term approaches, you don’t want to continually take binders in such large quantities. See my Histamine Factsheet for better long-term approaches.
Finally, why do your histamine symptoms get worse near a period, ovulation or if you (men and women) are oestrogen dominant?
Anyone who is oestrogen dominant or has generally high levels of oestrogen is likely to have worse histamine issues, then. People miss this one A LOT. See my Oestrogen Dominance Factsheet here for more on symptoms you might recognise, how to test and treat it.
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