Histamine and hay fever
For many people, the start of spring also marks the start of the hay fever season. Itchy eyes, stuffy noses. Very clumsy and annoying. There are many remedies on the market to relieve it. But did you know that you need histamine and can reduce the surplus naturally?
Histamine is a substance that the body can produce itself. It plays a role in stomach acid production, the immune system and sleep. It also functions as a neurotransmitter and is a signaling substance of the central nervous system. A lot of histamine is in the mast cells, which have an important function within your immune system. These mast cells are located in the tissue that makes contact with the outside world such as your skin, lungs and digestive tract. It is only the inside when it passes through the intestinal wall into your body. In addition to the mast cells, histamine also occurs in your brain.
As soon as an allergic reaction occurs, a lot of histamine is released, increases local blood supply and increases the permeability of the vascular walls. This makes it easier for clotting factors to travel to the blood vessel to repair damaged tissues. When an excess of histamine is not tolerated, it is called histamine intolerance. The threshold for achieving a surplus is different for everyone. It is not that you are allergic or sensitive, but simply that there is too much in your body. Complaints that may arise include headaches and migraines, but also:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Intestinal cramps, diarrhea
- To sneeze
- Itchy skin
- Stuffy nose, runny nose, stuffiness
- Heat and redness
Normally it is broken down by the enzymes MAO, DAO and NMT. For some people this does not happen enough. One cause may be that fewer of these enzymes are produced due to genetic changes. Problems in the intestines also influence this. Certain medication (such as dihydralazine, isoniazid, clavulanic acid, promethazine, verapamil, metoclopramide and ambroxol hydrocholoride) or alcohol use can also cause the DAO enzyme to be produced to a reduced extent.
Other DAO blockers include:
- Energy drinks
- Tea (black, green, yerba mate)
Vitamin B6 and vitamin C work closely with the DAO enzyme. When these 2 vitamins are insufficiently present, the histamine level will rise. Due to reduced production, too much histamine remains in the blood.
Causes may include:
- SIBO / imbalanced intestinal flora
- Celiac disease
- Long-term use of histamine blockers
- Mastocytosis; there are too many mast cells present.
People who are prescribed antihistamines notice a reduction in their current complaints. But at the same time, this can affect the production of stomach acid. Heartburn is a consequence of this. In most cases there is a stomach acid deficiency instead of an excess. Gastric acid inhibitors such as Rennies or similar remedies relieve heartburn, but also prevent proper food digestion. You notice, everything is connected. With the anti-histamine diet it is possible to reduce the complaints without the use of medication. A diet with little histamine automatically results in a lower histamine level.
|Meat||Pig, lamb, game, liver. Dry sausage types: ham, salami, cervelate|
|Fish||Mackerel, tuna, cod, herring, sardines, crustaceans and shellfish (also prawn crackers). Canned fish|
|Dairy||Blue cheeses, cottage cheese, aged cheese, buttermilk, yoghurt, sour cream, crème fraiche|
|Vegetables fruit||Tomatoes, sauerkraut, spinach, beets, soy. Strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple, melon, avocado, grapefruit, olives|
|Herbs/spices||Vanilla, cloves, cumin, coriander, chervil, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, chili powder, soy|
|Drink||Alcoholic drinks, carbonated drinks|
|Miscellaneous||Chocolate, licorice, menthol. Yeast-rich food|
|Dried fruit||Raisins, plums, dates, figs|
|Fermented foods||Kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles|
Histamine releasing food
|Fruits/citrus fruits||Bananas, strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, mango, papaya, figs, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange|
|Nuts and seeds|
|Vegetable||Fresh spinach, beetroot, tomato|
|Artificial additives||E102. E104, E110, E122 to E124, E128, E154, E155, E180, E249 to E252, Glutamates E621 to E625|
Food low in histamine (except the above)
|Fresh organic grass fed meat||The above mentioned are excepted|
|Fresh wild caught fish|
|Fresh vegetables||Carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, sweet potato, pumpkin, parsnip, asparagus, endive, kale, onion, garlic, etc.|
|Fresh fruit||Apples, berries|
|Dairy / substitutes||Young cheese, coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk|
|Topping||Peanut butter, honey, apple syrup|
|Cereals||Gluten-free: rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oatmeal|
|Herbs/spices||Fresh herbs and spices|
|Oil||Olive oil, coconut oil|
*These lists do not include the entire range of foods. But give a comprehensive indication.
Low histamine diet
If you want to work on lowering your histamine, it is important that your diet is as fresh as possible. The longer you keep something, the higher the histamine content. Raw meat, fish and poultry carry certain bacteria that ferment the food, with histamine being a byproduct. To combat the natural increase, you can buy food fresh and process it the same day by cooking or freezing it. The schedule is intended to make you aware. Not to impose all kinds of restrictions. When you eat a product, enjoy it to the fullest.
This article does not take into account the influence of the products on other processes in the body. We purely looked at the amount of histamine in the product or what stimulates its production. A diet low in histamine can relieve complaints in one week. However, it is a short-term solution. Detecting the underlying problem and its cause is important to get rid of the intolerance permanently. To relieve hay fever complaints, rinsing your nose and sinuses is recommended. You can use a Rhinohorn for this, which is available at various drugstores or online.
If you would like more information about the antihistamine diet, a stomach acid deficiency or improving your intestinal health, email Janneke@triptherapie.nl. These components also have an influence in preparation for a beautiful psychedelic session. We will always include these in a personal lifestyle plan that we create for you based on the intake.