21/8/2020 0 Comments
This has been popping up in clinic with patients a lot lately, so I thought it was worth sharing.
Histamine is a chemical released by our immune system, and is a critical part of our inflammatory response (which is necessary at times), histamine is also found naturally in some foods. Now as misleading as the name “histamine intolerance” is, it’s not actually an intolerance to histamine, it is an issue with breaking histamine down, resulting in excess inflammation in various body tissues.
This can manifest as many different symptoms, but the key being:
Histamine intolerance occurs either by way of genetics; some people have a genetic polymorphism (or SNP) which reduces their ability to create the enzyme that breaks histamine down (Diamine Oxidase). Or due to leaky gut; inflamed and permeable gut tissue activates more histamine release as the gut border gets breached and our immune system is activated, while also again resulting in less of the enzyme diamine oxidase being released to then break the histamine down, a perpetuating cycle.
There is a new school of thought and area of interest about the connection with hormones, women are much more likely to experience histamine intolerance, and it is shown that estrogen assists in histamine release from immune cells, so estrogen dominance could also be problematic and a cause of excess histamine.
The treatment for histamine intolerance varies depending on the cause, but regardless, one important step during the healing phase is to reduce histamine intake via the diet, while working on the root cause takes place. As you will see, many of these foods would commonly feature in a healthy diet, and even a gut healing orientated diet!
Key foods for removal are:
Histamine intolerance does not have to be a life sentence, ultimately with anything health related it is about getting to the root cause, and both eliminating whatever is irritating the system, and giving it what it needs to rebalance and thrive once again. Part of the protocol will include healing the gut function and gut lining, regulating the immune cells, specific probiotics help with histamine breakdown, as do certain nutrients and antioxidants.
If you feel like this is something you, or a family member is experiencing, reach out today for thorough investigations and testing if needed.
Every body has the right to thrive ♥️
By April Butt
April Butt is a passionate Health Practitioner and Nutritionist. Her approach to health, as well as food, is practical and sustainable. Within this blog she shares pearls of wisdom to make living a healthy lifestyle achievable for everyone.