Light Intermittent Fasting Benefits for Histamine Intolerance
Warmer weather in the summer often makes us think about eating a little lighter, perhaps incorporating some juicing, doing some detox protocols, and even fasting. Of course, living on water only for days at a time, while highly anti-inflammatory and antihistamine, isn’t for everyone. But even if strict, no-food fasting isn’t on your radar, you can still benefit from partial, or intermittent, fasting. It isn’t that difficult, and you may be loosely doing it already.
OVERVIEW OF INTERMITTENT FASTINGYou already fast daily. That’s why your first meal is called break-fast. People typically already fast for 12 hours a day, between 6 pm and 6 am or 8 pm and 8 am, for example. However, when we talk about intermittent fasting (IF) — going in and out of fasting periods and eating periods — we’re generally referring to lengthening that fasting period past the 12 hours to perhaps 16 or 18. You’re basically just restricting your daily eating times to within a 10- or 8- or 6-hour window. No big deal. Totally doable.
BENEFITS OF FASTING FOR HISTAMINE INTOLERANCEFasting, in general, has been shown to have a number of benefits for histamine intolerance:
- Animal studies indicate fasting prevents histamine release from mast cells and thereby improves symptoms.
- Fasting may improve digestive symptoms (common for us), including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea.
- Fasting lowers proinflammatory cytokines in the body and lowers systemic inflammation (also very common for us — see the inflammation bucket).
- Dr. Valter Longo’s fasting-mimicking diet has been shown to eliminate up to 40% of faulty immune cells. This includes damaged or hypersensitive mast cells. You can listen to my interview with Dr. Longo on his Fasting-Mimicking Diet (FMD) here.
- A published case study found that fasting alleviated chronic hives.