Histamine & Methylation
The term methylation has been forefront in the nutrition and functional medicine arenas in the last few years. Methylation is not only an important component of cell repair and detoxification, it can also majorly affect histamine levels. How does that work? Well, this normal process helps determine how well the body is able to break down substances produced internally or taken in from food or the environment. If methylation isn’t working well due to certain genetics (MTHFR mutation, for example), we don’t have enough methyl groups to bind to a receptor site on a substance like histamine. As a result, we tend to build up “stuff” –including histamine– which causes an overload. Cue: Histamine Intolerance. Read on to learn some food and lifestyle ideas for supporting methylation.