Are You Pro or Anti-Inflammatory?
With all the conflicting information out there about which foods are pro- or anti- histamine, pro- or anti- inflammatory, it can be difficult to navigate the supermarket. Some anti-inflammatory foods can be high histamine (avocado, walnuts), and high histamine levels lead to inflammation. How do we know what to eat to resolve our chronic inflammation and promote health and wellbeing? As I’ve discussed before, certain healthy foods, while causing some level of inflammation due to one or two constituents (histamine, oxalates, salicylates, etc) may have enough beneficial effects for the body to make them worth incorporating (perhaps in small amounts) into an overall low histamine, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diet plan. At the very least on a longer rotation (but please always rule out allergies and check with a doctor before adding anything new). Since histamine intolerance and mast cell activation are conditions of chronic inflammation, it’s really more important to focus on promoting the resolution of inflammation than agonizing over whether a phytonutrient-rich, higher histamine or salicylate food is completely on or off the diet.