How to lower Histamine levels
My personal journey in living with Histamine Intolerance
I’ve been living with histamine intolerance for most of my life but have only recognized what was going on in the last few years. It’s been a crazy journey of doctor’s shaking their heads, not being able to tell me why my weight was dropping so fast or why I constantly struggle with migraines. I have links below which are affiliate links of products that have changed my life and I fully recommend.
Looking back over my teenage years, all of my odd symptoms that had the doctor’s stumped now make sense.
- Smells/perfumes causing migraines
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle wasting
- Rapid heart beat
- Fungal infections
- Protein in urine
- Memory loss
- Brain fog
- Allergic to many medications
- Hard to regulate body temperature
- Cold sweats
- Sinus Infections
I struggled with random odd symptoms that other people didn’t and they never seem to fit together into anything the doctors could treat.
Why did my mosquito bites swell so huge and other people’s didn’t’?
Why couldn’t I tolerate scented candle or air fresheners?
How come bone broth made others feel better but I felt worse?
How do we Lower Histamine Levels?
Dealing with histamine intolerance isn’t a cut and dry deal. There are many causes of high histamine levels.
- Chronic Candida in the gut
- MTHFR Gene Mutations
- Low DAO Enzyme levels
Resolving your symptoms greatly depends upon the reason your histamine levels are high to begin with. I began dealing with my gut first. I spent 2 months on a low fodmap meal plan while taking antibacterial and anti-fungal supplements. I took Oil of Oregano, Olive Leaf, Cat’s Claw and Interfase Plus. I believe the interface plus was so vital to my feeling better. It contains a number of enzymes that break down the coating or shell around bacteria and fungus which really boosts how well the oil of oregano and other antifungals work.
Killing off the bad gut bacteria really gave my body the break it needed and assisted in lowering inflammation. Candida in the gut create mycotoxins which raise histamine levels. Mycotoxins also cause inflammation in the brain because they pass the blood brain barrier. After 2 months of low fodmap eating and taking bacteria killing supplements, I started to notice a huge difference in how I felt. Bloating was decreasing, I was thinking clearer, more energy, going to the bathroom more regularly and hope. I began to have hope that I could get to the bottom of my symptoms. Lowering histamine levels made a world of difference in how I felt.
I want to speak for a moment on antihistamines. I hear a lot “why not just take antihistamines”? First of all, just taking antihistamines would be a band-aid effect. I want to resolve the problem at the root, not take a pill for the rest of my life. Second, most of my histamine symptoms are neurological in nature. Migraines, rapid heart beat, confusion, low blood pressure. There isn’t an antihistamine for H3 and H4 receptors which control the neurological aspect. Taking Benadryl may help someone temporarily dealing with hives, but that was never my case.
Many people with histamine intolerance are “under methylators”. They have a very hard time completing methylation which can cause b12 levels to get dangerously low because it’s hard for their bodies to absorb. I started adding Methylated B vitamins to my regimen and immediately noticed a difference in how I felt. I’m talking within a few hours I noticed a difference and within days I had mysterious symptoms disappear such as tingling in my hands and feet, different twitches and nerve issues throughout my body.
Other tips and tricks I learned to keep my symptoms at bay:
Don’t touch any leftover foods. This one really sounds ridiculous until you realize that leftover food begins to grow bacteria and histamines while it sits in the fridge. I have had some of my worst reactions eating leftover chicken. Anyone dealing with histamine problems should never eat leftover food.
Stay away from fermented foods. Fermented foods such as yogurt, vinegar, and saur kraut are supposed to be miracle foods right? Well not if you have histamine issues. Fermented foods have high histamine levels already so adding them to a body which has high levels will kick off some serious symptoms. I do have a probiotic that is low histamine that I can take called Prescript Assist which was designed with low histamine strains of bacteria. In general, you want to consume lower histamine level foods. I have a short list here.
Keep that stress away. Other than not consuming high histamine foods, keeping stress low is a major key in lowering histamine levels. Having an event that I thought was stressful, even an intense conversation would start to trigger symptoms. I had to really control my thoughts and choose what was worthy of getting upset about….and it wasn’t much. I really practiced letting things roll off my back and picking my battles.
It takes time to listen to your body, notice what brings you symptoms and what relaxes you. What foods give you a clear head and clear skin? What foods cause reactions, migraines, and itching? It’s a good idea to keep a journal so you can clearly see what days are good days and what are bad days, try to find a pattern in your behavior. Everyone’s body is different, take time to get to know your body.