Are you looking for a histamine intolerance food list?
Having high histamine levels can be absolutely brutal. How do you know what foods will agree with your body and which ones will cause itchy hives and a migraine?
Is there a perfect histamine intolerance food list?
On average a person visits 38 different doctors before finding out their histamine levels are too high. Although histamine gets a bad rap, it’s actually a vital neurotransmitter that dilates blood vessels for the immune system for example. Histamine is essential for life, you just feel the effects of too much histamine.
High histamine levels can cause:
- Horrible anxiety and depression
- Brain fog
- Diarrhea or IBS
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Allergies to everything
- Night Sweats
- Skin problems
I get asked often what foods you should eat and which ones to stay away from when dealing with histamine intolerance. Making a histamine intolerance food list isn’t as cut and dry as it sounds. Depending on what bacteria you have in your gut, the reactions to food can vary.
In general, there are foods that can cause an increase in histamine levels:
- Any alcohol
- Leftover meat
- Pickled or canned foods
- Aged meats and cheeses
- Citrus fruits
- Processed foods
What you can eat:
- Freshly cooked meats
- Leafy greens and vegetables
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh fruits (strawberries are debatable)
- Most oils such as coconut and olive oil
When our food isn’t properly digested, it can sit and begin to ferment inside the gut. Fermented food creates high histamine levels. Having proper digestion is vital for lowering histamine levels. Taking care of your gut health is one way to ensure the body isn’t overloaded with histamine. DAO is an enzyme inside the gut responsible for eating away the extra histamine. Bad gut health equals high histamine levels.
Often low stomach acid is a problem, allowing the food to stay partially digested and giving ground for bad bacteria and candida to take over. Simply adding a digestive enzyme before you eat can help food digest properly.
Constipation can increase histamine, food stays in the gut for bad bacteria to grow and take root. Drinking enough water will help reduce constipation and also dilute histamine levels in the bloodstream.
Lowering histamine is a whole body issue, not a quick fix. Relief may come from reducing high histamine foods but you must address bad gut bacteria and candida so you can restore your bodies ability to regulate neurotransmitters such as histamine.
My advice for a histamine intolerance food list is to grab a food journal or notebook and start writing down what you are eating and how you are feeling.
Ask yourself these questions after you eat:
- Am I in the same mood as before I ate?
- Is my nose suddenly stuffy?
- Am I itchy? (eyes and ears)
- Do I have any stiff muscles or head pressure?
Paying attention to how you feel physically and emotionally will tell you what foods are agreeing with you and which ones are not. Just because you have to cut out a food doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. I personally am able to add tons more foods in after I dealt with my gut infection.
A histamine intolerance foods list doesn’t have to be permanent but it’s a great way to learn to listen to your body and start narrowing down where the issues are.
Never underestimate the power of clean foods and water for your health. Often times the answer isn’t in a pill or shake.
If you are doing all you can with your histamine intolerance food list, check out what supplements can be helpful.
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Source: https://www.histamineintolerance .org.uk/about/symptoms/