Balancing Histamine

At certain times of the year, there are those of you who suffer from hayfever- runny nose, red sore itchy eyes and sneezing.

For others of you, it is year round yet you are suffering from eczema, flushing, changes in body temperature, anxiety, gut issues, dizziness and headaches.

Despite the difference in symptoms, these are all signs of excess histamine. Histamine is a common component in food and a key messenger in the body. Its benefits are seen in promoting healthy immunity, wakefulness and attention, coordinating gut function, and regulating chemical messengers in the brain.

Therefore histamine is quite common and necessary. But for some, they have too much histamine.

If you are suffering from these symptoms, it is important to:

  1. Decrease the histamine load in the body – using diet and clay based supplements. Food intolerance is part of the changes needed in the diet as well as decreasing histamine rich foods, histamine producing and liberating foods. Key supplements can accelerate this process making it much easier and quicker.

  2. Repair any damage caused – usually in relation to the skin barrier in the cases of eczema and also any retraining of the brain and mindset with anxiety

  3. Discover the cause to prevent these symptoms from reoccurring

We know that poor gut health contributes to histamine load:

  • Key histamine enzymes such as DAO, are made in the gut which break down the histamine in our food, ie histamine intolerance

  • Bacteria in the gut can produce histamine, ie histamine excess

Many people will have both which is why people are likely to eventually suffer from histamine again if these issues are not addressed.

It is also common to have more serious gut issues that coincide with histamine imbalance, such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and candida overgrowth.

The complexity in foods, the differing causes and potential for serious gut issues are just a few of the reasons why working with a professional is important to create histamine balance in your body. 

Sara Knight