HISTAMINE AND HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© July 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Histamine is an important messenger protein that causes swelling of the tissues, increased mucus production, and constriction of smooth muscles. This often results in symptoms of allergies.
The main role of histamine is to help the body respond to foreign invaders by increasing causing inflammation to help deal with the invader. It has several other roles, as well.
In cases of asthma, an excessive histamine reaction can close the throat and potentially be lethal.
This is a fairly new medical diagnosis. It means that either the body is secreting too much histamine, or the body is unable to get rid of or degrade histamine fast enough.
The result is excessive histamine symptoms, similar to allergies. The main symptom is inflammation. This can manifest in many ways such as hives, headache, fatigue, irritability, and even brain fog. These are similar to allergies.
Two sets of foods can trigger histamine reactions and make histamine intolerance worse.
I. Foods naturally high in histamines:
A. Fermented foods: Kefir, Yogurt, Cheese, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, vinegar.
B. Processed meats: Bacon, Cold cuts, Salami, Sausages, Smoked salmon.
C. Some fruits: Citrus fruits, Dried fruit, Coconut
D. Other: Eggplant, mushrooms, some Seafood.
II. Foods low in histamines, but which often trigger histamine release:
A. Fruits: tomatoes, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, avocado and papayas.
You will notice that almost all these foods are forbidden on the nutritional balancing diets except a little sauerkraut, milk, yogurt, cheese and kefir. This is because we try to avoid foods that irritate the body.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
A complete nutritional balancing program is most helpful for histamine intolerance because it gets rid of a leaky gut, which is often part of the cause.
A nutritional balancing program also enhances adrenal hormone secretion, which also reduces many allergic symptoms and may help the body process histamine faster.
The program may also correct excessive cell permeability and fast oxidation, which are other causes of high histamine.