Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Is there a time of year where you suffer from headaches, migraines, runny nose, or itchy eyes? If you do, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from these same seasonal allergies.Histamines and Allergies
Pollen may not necessarily be the culprit, but instead histamine intolerance. Histamine is an organic compound involved in the immune response. Certain foods can actually release histamine in our system. Some common histamine-rich foods are dairy products, avocados, bacon, spinach, olives, eggplant, tomatoes, and even chocolate.
People without histamine intolerance will detoxify the histamine released from these foods. But people who suffer from histamine intolerance do not contain enough of the compounds that breakdown the histamine and will suffer from a wide range of symptoms that include acid reflux, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion, and fatigue.
Note: These symptoms are not always related to histamine intolerance. In some cases, the cause is simply a leaky gut. This is when undigested food particles cross the gut lining and enter our bloodstream. Our immune system responds and we suffer from these same symptoms. However, if you have histamine intolerance, healing the gut will not cure symptoms.
A Simple Solution?
You do not need expensive equipment or even to visit a doctor for a diagnosis of histamine intolerance. Simply remove histamine-rich foods and note how you feel.
“This is yet another case of all diseases starting in the gut, just like Hippocrates said. If you feel like you may suffer from histamine intolerance, then healing the gut is part of the treatment protocol.”
Some experts argue that histamine intolerance is not a real thing. But we have been down this road before with things like gluten intolerance and adrenal fatigue. There are enough people out there who have undergone a low-histamine diet to resolve symptoms to make me think there is definitely something to this.
How It Works
Histamine intolerance is commonly seen with some type of gut dysbiosis. Our gut bacteria play a role in how our food is converted in various metabolites. Some of our gut bacteria actually release histamine.1 So, it makes sense that if we have more of the bacteria that produce histamine compared to the bacteria that produce the metabolites to break it down, then we will run into some problems.