Red Zone Recommendations

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 and is a great starting point for anyone in the Red Zone.
 

Recommended Blog Posts

Playing histamine detective is easy – here’s how I do it.

Update: nowadays I wish I hadn’t tried so hard to play histamine detective. In the end I believe it became counter productive, causing my amygdala to become hypersensitised and give me a fear of food. Read all about that here. My decade (plus) as a journalist for CNN and the BBC definitely prepared me to […]

10 histamine (non food) triggers (and how I deal with them)

As you may know, histamine disorders (roll call: histamine intolerance, histaminosis, chronic allergies, mast cell activation and mastocytosis) have more than one trigger. And by that I’m not counting individual foods, just a whole mess of stuff that can cause histamine to be released into the blood stream. I’m successfully managing a number of them […]

Shutting down histamine reactions (quickly)

As you all know by now (’cause I’m fond of reminding you), I’m not a doctor. What I am is an avid student of nutrition,) and a mast cell activation/histamine intolerance survivor and thriver. The pictures I post of myself traveling the world aren’t a vanity project. When I made the decision to bare my […]

Best oxalate lowering cooking methods

It hasn’t been too long since my initial oxalate post but my oh my word, low oxalate has rocked my world. Basketball stomach is now a thing of the past, as is razor blade in urethra fun time and, most importantly, cry in pain sexy time. You may want to look into oxalates if you have […]

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 […]

Histamine and your heart

For some time excess histamine in the heart has been known to play a role in heart failure and other less severe presentations like palpitations and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). In particular, histamine binding to the H2 receptors found in the heart may contribute to hypotension (low blood pressure) and flushing. Histamine is naturally found in […]

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 […]

Chronic Fatigue, histamine & mast cells

Chalk up another one to a dysfunctional immune system – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Researchers recently proved (for the first time), that the condition is not psychosomatic (yeah, thanks for calling us hypochondriacs all these years). This wasn’t news to some: according to NHS funded researcher Dr. Theoharides, CFS is one of many mast cell linked […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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