Do you have a Histamine intolerance?
Do you experience unexplained headaches, migrain
What is histamine?
Histamine is a chemical compound that is involved in the immune system response. It is often associated with seasonal allergies, food allergies, and symptoms like headaches, nasal congestion, sneezing and difficulties with breathing. Sometimes you may experience symptoms that aren’t associated with the environment, such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching after wine or certain foods like bananas, avocados or tomatoes.
Histamine has an important role where it helps the body to communicate with the brain, alert the immune system to a potential threat, and launch an inflammatory response.
What is Histamine Intolerance?
Histamine intolerance can occur when the body is unable to break down histamine properly. One of the ways the body deals with histamine is through the Diamine Oxidase (DAO) enzyme which inactivates and metabolises histamine.
If you don’t have enough DAO or its ineffective, histamine can be absorbed through the intestines causing a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms such as those in the list below can often occur following the consumption of foods and drinks that contain a large amount of histamine.
Common Symptoms of Histamine Intolerance:
- Headaches/migraines, Anxiety
- Difficulty falling asleep/easily woken
- Sneezing, itching, nasal congestion
- Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting
- Hives, tissue swelling
- Difficulty breathing, vertigo, dizziness
- Abnormal menstrual cycle
- Difficulty regulating body temperature
- Irregular heart rate
Can you test for Histamine Intolerance?
The good news is your Naturopath can organise a lab test for histamine and DAO levels. A high ratio of histamine/DAO signifies that you may be consuming too much histamine and that you may not have enough DAO to break it down.
How do you reduce Histamine Intolerance?
To combat this, your Naturopath would look at your lifestyle and diet factors, aiming to boost your enzymes a
Working with a Naturopath will enable you to find out what the root cause for your histamine intolerance is, and your Naturopath will be able to design a personalised dietary or supplement protocol to help restore balance to your body and to your symptoms.