As I discussed in my post, Histamine & Salicylic Acid (Salicylate) Intolerance, those with mast cell disorders and histamine intolerance may also have reactions after being exposed to salicylates in foods and other substances. WHAT ARE SALICYLATES? Salicylates are a type of phenol, a group of naturally-occurring chemicals made up of a benzene ring with
Histamine is released in the body to prevent exhaustion during times of extreme physical exertion. While depleting histamine might seem like a good thing, the rebound histamine release from mast cells could cause short or long term problems in those with pre-existing inflammation. HISTAMINE RELEASED DURING EXERCISE Keeps us going, preventing exhaustion Causes stress, helping us
One of histamine’s dark sides is its ability to suppress appetite, to the extreme of mimicking anorexia. Researchers have for years attempted to harness this effect by using the opposite of an antihistamine, called a histamine agonist, to boost brain histamine levels and make people lose their appetite. I think we know how that could
Nitric Oxide (NO). Such an important molecule that it was given “Molecule of the Year” status by the journal Science in 1992, nitric oxide was originally considered a hazardous gas that caused toxic effects in the environment. It was thought to be as harmful inside the body as it is outside the body. But, as
A study published by British journal Nutrition & Metabolism found that an inflammatory hypersensitivity cascade involving mast cells, histamine and other inflammatory agents, could be prevented by restricting food for just 24 hours (in an animal model). The study demonstrated that food deprivation stopped local (sneezing, eyes watering, rash for example) and systemic (anaphylaxis), hypersensitivity symptoms.
Did you know that aspirin can trigger non-allergic mediated reactions? Or that salicylic acid found in most plant foods can cause histamine release, or compound histamine related inflammation? It’s a conundrum I faced when first starting out on the histamine intolerance diet: why was I still reacting to foods once the high histamine foods were eliminated? The
It was great while it lasted, wasn’t it? But now there’s the fall out to deal with. The good news is that the longer we’ve been healing for, the shorter the fall out, and that’s thanks to a concept called the inflammation bucket. Here’s my top five tips quick and easy tips for getting back
Getting back on track after a major fall off the good health wagon is usually a bit of a slog. But it turns out there’s a really easy way to reboot our gut bacteria after the holidays, a few rounds of antibiotics, or just generally not looking after ourselves. With fermented foods off the menu for
This holiday season please keep in mind that scientists have confirmed that stress triggers the immune system into releasing histamine. So if we want to eat more of the stuff we love, best to figure out how to manage it stress, or make wiser choices as we navigate this tricky season. If you’d like some
Chalk another one up to traditional medicine. Skullcap Baicalensis, a herb used in Chinese healing, has been used for over 200 years as a relaxant, to fight anxiety, and convulsions. Now we’re getting confirmation that it works to prevent runny noses triggered by mast cells and histamine, making it worth looking into for histamine intolerance.
It A lot of people seem to miss that histamine isn’t just found in food, but also already in the body. A study published in the Spanish language journal Allergy & Immunopathology offers a really in depth look at what histamine intolerance is, how it compares to allergies, where it’s found, and how it can
Going to the doctor to nail down a diagnosis is like a game of chess; or arm wrestling. Say the wrong (but true) thing, and you’re tossed out on your butt and labelled difficult, or even worse, unstable. I’ve been through it all myself, unsuccessfully for decades, till I figured out how to work the