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Below are recommended blog posts, products, and resources for your current healing state. 

Free Workshop: When Healthy Foods Hurt

This is a free workshop that I created that is great for anyone dealing with histamine intolerance
 

Recommended Blog Posts

Dr Joneja: How to boost your histamine-lowering DAO enzyme (naturally)

Download Dr. Joneja’s guide to growing DAO rich sprouts here: Pea seedlings as a supplement As I outline in my first book, a diet rich in vitamin B6, magnesium, copper and other nutrients is necessary in order for our body to produce the histamine-lowering enzyme DAO (diamine oxidase). But, I neglected to mention another (delicious) source of […]

The vagus nerve inflammation connection

What’s the vagus nerve and why should you care about it? Research on the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach, has been coming fast and furious in the last few years since I’ve been reading up on it. The nerve, hereafter referred to as the VG “interfaces” (I quote wikipedia here) […]

Natural mast cell stabilisers for histamine

Citations can be found at the bottom of this post.  According to an article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2013, mast cell stabilising compounds inhibit the release of allergic mediators (like histamine) from mast cells (a part of the white blood cell system). These can be pharmaceutical or natural – I use the latter.  […]

Parasites trigger mast cell histamine release

Mast cells are a key player in the immune system response. They release histamine and other inflammatory agents into the bloodstream to fight viruses and bacteria, parasites, and promote wound healing. Pretty much any invader can cause this mast cell activation, or a perceived intrusion, by food and beauty products for example, when the immune system […]

Magnesium deficiency triggers histamine inflammation

Did you know that something as simple as a vitamin or mineral deficiency can trigger histamine induced inflammation? While many deficiencies can be responsible for confusing symptoms when we’re doing everything else right, today I’m going to focus on one of the most likely contenders: magnesium. A study published in the Drug-Nutrient Reactions journal found that dietary […]

7 BEST foods for histamine intolerance

Start the new year right with these 7 histamine intolerance foods that fight inflammation, are histamine friendly and super healthy for the body overall. I guarantee that you’ll always find these foods in my fridge and cupboards because I leaned heavily on them for the last five years, before figuring out that I was able […]

Researchers confirm that inflammation, histamine, cause anxiety (GAD)

It’s hardly news to us those of us with histamine intolerance and mast cell activation that inflammation can cause symptoms of anxiety. Now though, the research has finally caught up, with scientists identifying altered pro and anti-inflammatory profiles in patients with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). One of the inflammatory agents is monitored in the study […]

Histamine and smell

A small study has just revealed that scented laundry washes contain carcinogens that may raise cancer risk if inhaled. This is unlikely to be a problem for people with histamine and mast cell disorders given that our heightened sense of smell and reactions to scents, prevent most of us from using them. The question is […]

How Histamine Affects Skin Pigmentation

Histamine affects skin pigmentation in a numbers of ways: my two old buddy’s melasma and vitiligo. You know those patches of dark skin on your face that are barely covered by make up, get worse when exposed to the sun, and are aggravated by pregnancy hormones? Yeah, we have histamine and mast cells to thank […]

Histamine Migraine Fixes

Histamine can cause the recurrence of a headache that’s been treated with meds (like NSAIDs or migraine meds for example), make a pre-existing headache worse, and trigger an immediate or delayed headache. Yet studies on antihistamines as treatments have largely failed, with a few exceptions. I can tell you from personal experience that histamine is […]

Estrogen & Histamine

Have you noticed that your annoying histamine intolerance and mast cell symptoms, particularly fogginess, bloating, headaches and tenderness, get worse just before your period? Yup, it’s your hormones, and the interaction between histamine and estrogen in particular.  And now researchers tell us that estrogen is the reason that women have longer anaphylactic episodes than men.  Estrogen surges […]

Triphala: Ayurvedic Antihistamine for Histamine Intolerance?

For over two thousand years the Ayurvedic remedy Triphala has played a key role in the practice of Indian traditional medicine. There’s been considerable research validating a number of these remedies recently, including the news that Triphala, a combination of three medicinal fruits, is a powerful natural antihistamine that also stabilises mast cells and acts as an […]

Fasting’s effect on diamine oxidase (DAO) & histamine intolerance

Two important questions regarding fasting for those with histamine intolerance are: does not eating affect the function of the histamine degrading diamine oxidase (DAO) enzyme, and is the stress of not eating so extreme as to negate the benefits of it?  All references at the bottom of post. Why a post on fasting? I’ve long used […]

Negative food experiences make future histamine reactions more likely 

Conditioned taste aversion is a survival mechanism whereby animals learn to associate taste with a food that has made them sick; usually because it’s toxic or spoiled. In some cases the conditioned association between a food and sickness is so strong that the amygdala, the primitive part of the brain whose role it is to identify whether something […]

How to naturally boost production of the histamine degrading DAO enzyme

We’re told that diamine oxidase’s (DAO) job is to make sure histamine is broken down when it’s no longer needed for things like healing, digestion, and wakefulness. Studies show its activity varies more in women that men, possibly due in part to histamine’s role in causing uterine contractions and miscarriage. While DAO production does decline […]

Chill out your brain & fight histamine inflammation with tea blossom

Antioxidants found in the Camellia Sinensis (tea) plant are powerful antihistamine allies in the fight against inflammation. Unfortunately, fermentation of the plant can be problematic for those with excess histamine. A recent discovery of mine could help remedy that. All references at the bottom of post.  Hands up if you’re tired of finding out that […]

Did mom’s sweet tooth trigger your allergies (or histamine intolerance)?

A new study reveals that a sweet tooth during pregnancy significantly raises the child’s risk of allergies, allergic asthma, eczema and total IgE (the stuff involved in allergies). Since histamine and mast cells are both linked to all of these conditions, it’s possible that our mother’s diet played a role in the development of histamine intolerance or […]

Hypoxia (Low Oxygen) Triggers Histamine & Mast Cell Inflammation

Hypoxia, or a state of low oxygen in the body, causes histamine to be released from mast cells. If we’re already dealing with an excess of histamine due to low levels of the histamine degrading diamine oxidase (DAO) enzyme, exposure to high histamine foods, stress, chemical exposure, or illness and injury; avoiding this lack of oxygen […]

Histamine Affects Blood Sugar & Why Eating Makes You Sleepy

                                                Feeling tired and dizzy after eating, as well as having low blood sugar symptoms between meals, is all too common in histamine intolerance and mast cell activation. Histamine inflammation is a key player […]

Your Liver on Histamine

The liver plays an important role in breaking down histamine. Any damage or impairment of this organ may lead to excessive levels of histamine inflammation in the body, while too much histamine triggers elevated liver enzymes. This is your liver on histamine. WHAT DOES THE LIVER ACTUALLY DO? The liver’s job is to identify toxic […]

Histamine Inflammation Links Electromagnetic (EMF) & Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Researchers in France have linked electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and multiple chemical  sensitivity (MCS) to histamine and other inflammatory markers. They say both these conditions are easily diagnosed if you know which  markers to check. ELECTRO HYPERSENSITIVITY  This is a sensitivity to electromagnetic fields created by power lines, electronic home appliances, WiFi, and cell phones. While a number […]

Four High Histamine Foods That Just Aren’t Worth It

There’s many posts I’ve written about low histamine foods that aren’t worth being included in our diet, so it’s time to discuss which high histamine foods are really counter productive and why. Please note, there’s no dogma on this website. If you’re fine with these foods, or any others, and they’re healthy, let that dictate […]

Eating Out with Histamine Intolerance (How To Get What You Want)

Eating out might seem like a total fantasy when you’re starting out with histamine intolerance, but there’s many ways to get exactly what you want, without you, your waiter, or dinner companions, going nuclear. Here’s how to deal with histamine intolerance in a restaurant setting. I eat out a lot. Like really a lot. I have […]

Recommended Products

Even though you have a pretty good handle on your histamine that doesn’t mean you won’t experience times of reactivity. The Histamine Reset Program is my personal approach to healing histamine and no matter your healing state the information, recipes, and resources in this program are relevant to all. 

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