Histamine Intolerance: Your Missing Health Link?

Histamine intolerance is something that I have struggled with the last few years.

Finally being diagnosed and getting treated absolutely changed. my. life.

And I honestly believe that it is a chronically under-diagnosed condition.

Personally, the worst symptoms I had from my histamine intolerance were severe brain fog (so bad that I even drove on the wrong side of the road because I was so out of it), depression, anxiety, apathy and mood swings up and down that almost had me convinced that I was developing bipolar disorder.

To be honest, it freaking sucked.

Although I am happy to say, that after months of treatment and healing I have thankfully gotten myself to a point where my symptoms are almost completely gone!

So, what is histamine intolerance?

Histamine intolerance occurs when your body is no longer able to break down the normal amounts of histamine present in foods and released by cells in the body. It’s basically a food chemical intolerance, but it can also be more than that.

As histamine is a chemical mediator that has a role in many bodily systems, symptoms can vary greatly from patient to patient.

These can include gastrointestinal symptoms, sinus issues, fatigue and anxiety (see below for a comprehensive list). The huge variance in symptoms suffered by histamine intolerant patients are what makes it so hard to diagnose.

If you are keen to know more detail, this fantastic article written by my lovely friend Gabriella Campbell from Tolerant Table is the beginners guide to histamine intolerance.

If you are struggling to figure out why your health just isn’t quite right, then I encourage you to read the full article.

I have included an excerpt below:

“Many people turn to a whole foods diet in a bid to manage a variety of health concerns such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic sinusitis, anxiety, headaches or fatigue. However some find little improvement in their symptoms and some, in fact, may even get worse. They may also find certain medications prescribed to help with these issues may instead aggravate them, which can be extremely frustrating.

“This is a scenario that often occurs for the many sufferers of histamine intolerance (HIT), a condition that is frequently misdiagnosed though one that is becoming more prevalent. Currently, it is thought that roughly 1% of the population could be histamine intolerant with approximately 80% of those affected being middle-aged, with females being more susceptible than males.

“Some of the most prevalent symptoms of histamine intolerance include:

Abdominal pain
Abnormal periods
Anxiety
Asthma
Breathing difficulties (e.g. wheezing)
Chest pain
Confusion
Conjunctivitis
Diarrhoea
Dizzy spells
Excess mucous
Fatigue
Flushing
Headaches
Hives
Hypertension
Hypotension
Insomnia
Irritability
Nausea and/or vomiting
Nasal congestion
Night sweats
Panic attacks
Pruritus
Reflux
Sinus problems
Sneezing, often in fits
Tachycardia
Temperature dysregulation
Tissue swelling and inflammation”

But whole foods are good for me!

You might be wondering why the feature image for this blog post is the lovely table set up with delicious looking food. Well, that is because this image includes the kinds of foods you cannot have when your histamine intolerant.

Even foods that are nutritious can be super high histamine.

This is what makes histamine intolerance a really difficult intolerance to deal with, and it’s hard to navigate through it by yourself.

Do you think histamine intolerance could be the missing link in your health?

Make an appointment to come see me for naturopathic treatment. Even if you’re not sure if your symptoms are histamine/food related, I can help you figure it out.

 

The information provided on this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. Any information provided on this site is not, nor is it intended to be, personalised medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional advice or care. Should something you read here raise questions or concerns regarding your health, please see your qualified health care professional.