Thought this might help those of you suffering with blocked sinuses and horrid hayfever symptoms this season. I have been trying to do this lady’s energy healing routine as often as I can (failing!) and then I saw this hayfever/allergies one which I thought you might like.
It is very definitely hayfever season right now and my nose is tickling away. It has been said that this is one of the worst hayfever seasons for a long while this year – however my own is the best it has ever been, hardly any so far :). I know some of you are suffering though, so here are a few things to help.
First, we have been discussing histamine generally on the Facebook groups so Christine has captured a lot of helpful bits and put it into a file for you there. I know some of you are not on Facebook so I have copied it in full for you below. Although, when you read that, you’ll see the quality of the discussions we have there! Do join!
Christine has also found us an excellent natural anti-histamine to go with the others mentioned in the resources below. Take a look at Histo-X, a mix of butterbur, nettle, mangosteen and ginger. You can read more about it here and get it in the UK via Amrita here – please use my name when registering and we hope it helps!
Other things to read include these two posts from Ruth at What Allergy which contain some really useful tips. First, one about the current spike:
I have picked out a few comments from various threads and put them all together here for reference. You can also read about histamine intolerance here and read the article here about how histamine intolerance can be triggered by hormones.
Micki has done a blog post about antihistamines here and for a more in depth blog post about antihistamines, read this.
Antihistamines are okay taken occasionally but not for a long period of time. They totally block all histamine, but the body needs a certain amount of histamine to function, so if the histamine is blocked, the body will react by making more and more histamine, so you could end up worse than before.
One member wrote “that’s true – I was taking anti-histamines all year round as an anti-allergy tablets for some time in the past. then I was literally unable to quit them, as every withdrawal was causing itchiness, extreme nervousness and other symptoms. meds are not the way”
Another member wrote “I think you take antihistamines for a long period you get other problems – I took Clarityn one year for six months during a really bad hayfever year and ended up getting palpitations and was sent to get an ECG – I also noticed increasing weight around the tum – as soon as October came and I stopped taking them the palps went as did this horrible weight around the tum – I looked at the instructions and sure enough long term use said both of these” Also, antihistamines only block the histamine from causing symptoms. The body still has to break the histamine down and get rid of it, so you need good methylation for that. I take folate, B12, B2 and B6 (well I take all the B vitamins for balance) but they are the main ones for methylation. I also take TMG as a methyl donor and I find that helps tremendously.
Antihistamines (except Benadryl) also block the formation of DAO (the enzyme produced by the body to break down histamine in food) You would be far better off taking natural antihistamines. I have read that quercetin and bromelain are as effective as the drug antihistamines without the side effects. Also according to this article, ginseng is as effective as Benadryl. Vitamin C is also a natural anti-histamine.
There is a supplement called NeuroProtek which may help with histamine and mast cell issues.
You also need to have adequate levels of vitamins B6 and C and copper in order for the body to make DAO (some people have gene mutations, which makes this more difficult). Also low zinc levels may allow histamine to build up (see https://draxe.com/zinc-deficiency/), and magnesium deficiency makes histamine intolerance more likely also.
The supplement DAOsin should help a lot with breaking down histamine from food (you may need more than they say though and take before each meal.) Please note that DAOsin contains rice and corn and is not suitable for vegetarians.
You need to make sure that you are not taking any histamine raising probiotics such as Lactobacillus casei, L.paracasei, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Lactococcus lactis, and instead take histamine degrading ones, such as lots of the bifidobacteria species, but particularly Bifidobacterium infantis and also Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus gasseri.
It is also possible that pathogens in the gut can cause histamine levels to rise in the body, especially citrobacter bacteria, e-coli and chlostridia, as well as some parasites etc, so you may like to have a gut test done to check for those.
You need to make sure that everything you eat is very fresh and freshly cooked (no leftovers). This is probably the best histamine list to go by.
Including lots of anti-histamine foods, such as blueberries and sweet potatoes and anything mentioned at this link in the diet may help, and here is a list of natural anti-histamine alternatives. Monk fruit is also an anti-histamine. See here. The more antihistamine foods you have in your diet, the better. For the Top 5 anti-histamine herbs, see here.
If I get a histamine reaction, I just have ginger tea or chamomile tea or nettle tea, as they are natural antihistamines.
We have, what is known as, a histamine bucket and when our bucket is full, we get symptoms, so it is possible that you may react to something one day, but not the next, depending on how much histamine you have been exposed to that day.
Here is how one member lowered her histamine bucket:-
“I lowered my histamine bucket by removing getting rid of all household chemicals, fragrances, essential oils and toiletries. I went down to Oliva olive oil soap and deodorant. Even stopped dying my hair. This helped me so much I was able to introduce and increase anti histamine foods and then even high histamine foods. I also meditated, breathing exercises and hypnotherapy as in Micki”a Healing Plan. I don’t have asthma but was blacking out with histamine reactions, constantly covered in hives and lost all foods for over 2 years so it’s an overall strategy for histamine rather than specifically for asthma”
“The henna, toiletries and make up can all add to the histamine bucket though which is currently overflowing due to puppy gate. Have you thought about some hypnotherapy with Julie?”
If your histamine problems are being caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, mould etc, then you could also wear a mask or nose filters to help, and get an air purifier, such as Blue Air or a steriliser such as Airfree or here is a another suggestion from a member:-
“have you tried the Medinase – light therapy done with two probes up the nose for about 4 mins – this really does work for hayfever etc. and is also known to help asthma” “I’ve got one and it does work – I do get a bit hayfever but compared to what I used to be like I’m tons better”
If you want to increase IgA levels or lower histamine, listen to Mozart!!
Don’t eat burnt foods, because they release Heterocyclic amines and histamine intolerance usually includes other amines as well.
In case it helps, another member very kindly gathered together lots of histamine/mast cell links here in Files on the TrulyGlutenFree group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Trulyglutenfree/89700283039233 6/
Phew, that should give you plenty to go at. Hope it helps!
I had to read this from Ruth at What Allergy today – as a hayfever sufferer, I always have one swollen eye out for stuff on the subject. It seems we’re heading for a perfect storm (clever huh?!) that will create super pollen. Ugh.
Also, I have been looking at trialling these Woody Nose things – I’ve got some at the ready for the pesky pollen – anyone had a go?
Don’t care how daft I look if I can breathe. Interestingly, I am having cranio-sacral therapy at the moment for some jaw pain and that is meant to be good for hayfever so let’s hope I can avoid getting super-pollened!
I couldn’t resist showing you this drug-free innovative way of reducing hayefever symptoms! Great for cyclists, gardeners etc, although I’m not sure I would want to wear it to a garden party, if you know what I mean! Prefer some Haymax or I use coconut oil to do the same thing – catch the pollen before it goes up your nose.
If, like many of us in this high pollen season, you are suffering with hayfever – or indeed any other sensitivity reaction regularly, you might want to pop over and see the post I have just written on the TGF blog about antihistamines.
Obviously, I am pointing TrulyGlutenFree readers to grain free versions of the antihistamines where you lucky people can have any, BUT it might shed some useful light on natural alternatives.
I am always on the lookout for a solution to the dreaded hayfever, preferably without recourse to drugs.
I do like the Haymax stuff you put around your nostrils. The pollen gets trapped in the waxy material and much less gets up your nose to trigger the histamine reaction we all know and hate.
And here’s another one that looks promising: NasalAir Guard Purifiers. These are tiny little filters that fit into your nostrils so pollen and other respiratory-upsetting substances are filtered in much the same way as an ir purifier you sit next to.
Ok, so they may take a little getting used to, but I thought I would pass them on as an idea for when you have hayfever keeping you awake at night, when you’re on a picnic with the kids or perhaps when you’re doing your gardening. Pop ’em in and at least cut down the potential of your usual reaction. I haven’t tried them myself yet so let me know how you get on with them if you do so we can pass that knowledge on.
Finally, don’t forget the Window Screens I told you about last year – some of you thought they were fab.
I just saw this fab idea -a screen filter you velcro over your window to stop pollen, dust or particles getting in – you can have your window open at night again!
Here’s the blurb for you:
“This removable electrostatic air filter for windows is a Class 1 registered Medical Device designed to permit asthma and hayfever sufferers to sleep with their windows open allowing a free passage of air.Very effective against traffic fumes and mould spores and prevents biting or stinging insects entering the room.
The hotter the night, the higher the pollen count and the greater the need to have cool air filtered through your window. Window-filta fits neatly to your open window and traps pollen, fungal spores, floating seeds, diesel particulates, dust and insects, letting only fresh air in.
Each Window-filta will fit a window up to 120x60cm or can be cut to fit smaller openings. Fits 30cm hinged toplights when cut in half.
captures and holds 99.9% of airborne particles down to 0.3micron
simple and effective
easy to fit with Velcro dots – full instructions supplied