Have you ever wondered why sometimes you react to a food, and then you eat it again and you have no reaction? Me too! So I've been doing some research and I'm going to share it here today.
There are many components in foods that can cause reactions, oxylates, salicylates, FODMAPS, fructose, sulfites, and many others. The one I want to talk about today is histamines. Stay tuned for info for all these things in the next few weeks. You'll learn the symptoms of all the intolerances, and how to start healing.
Histamine is a chemical in your body, and maybe you've had a histamine reaction when the pollen count is really high and it causes you to sneeze 🤧. Repeatedly 🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧!
Histamine protects the immune system by producing an inflammatory response to allergens. You might have sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or nasal congestion. Interestingly, histamine also plays a role in digestion!
The deal is this: sometimes your body is producing more histamine and a food causes the full bucket to overflow. Sometimes you don't have as much histamine, and the bucket is nowhere near full. You're safe to eat that food. 😤
If your body doesn't break down histamine properly, you can develop histamine intolerance! Here's a few symptoms:
- Flushing of the skin
- Dry lips
- Stomach cramps
- Low blood pressure
If you have histamine intolerance, your best bet is to heal your gut and your liver. I'm on this journey right now, and I'm not sure if I'm histamine intolerant, but it's something I'm looking in to.
Here's the foods to avoid if you're histamine intolerant:
- Fermented foods and drinks (sorry)
- Cured meats
- Aged cheeses
- Dried fruits
- Avocados (my fave)
Here's a great website that tells you what is LOW in histamine and good to eat.
Remember, the problem isn't the histamine. Your body produces it. The problem is your body's ability to break it down. Get yourself a great probiotic to start. If you need help with what to get, let me know, and I'll point you in the right direction.
Your best bet is to use a food journal and document your symptoms. We found out Chuck is sensitive to tomatoes (he was getting terrible migraines) in just under a week!