What Is Low Histamine Diet

Many people suffer from food intolerance, and there are many foods that are rich in histamines that can cause food intolerance symptoms. These reactions can include digestive system problems that like spasms, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Other symptoms can range from flatulence to headaches to skin rashes and even eczema.

Let's start off with when you eat your last meal of the day. If you eat too large a meal, too late at night, you can almost be guaranteed you'll wake up mid-night feeling the digestion process and the effects of over eating, or at least, eating that biggest meal too late in the evening. For most people, eating smaller portions in the early evening is best. I think the Europeans have the right idea.

Realize that brain health is a family affair. While there are certainly specific allergy considerations for each ADHD child, diet for ADHD supports brain health and overall health. The entire family will benefit from it! Eating fruits and vegetables is not a punishment and is not something that the child should do in isolation!

Seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) are considerably lower in fat than nuts; pumpkin seeds are only 45% fat, and again the majority is unsaturated. They are also higher in protein than many nuts, and contain more zinc too.

Nuts are still a good source of protein, with almonds providing the highest amount, as well as the highest amount of calcium. Brazil nuts come top of the list again when it comes to magnesium, another essential mineral for men that works closely with calcium in bone and muscle function.

Like oysters, pumpkin seeds are also extremely rich in zinc. Another important note: Zinc deficiency can make a woman completely lose her sex drive. Pumpkin seeds are also full of Omega 3 which act as a precursor of prostaglandins-hormone-like substances that play a key role in sexual health.

Broccoli is part of the potent healing foods that treat asthma naturally. All the cruciferous vegetables contain a natural chemical compound called sulforaphane which is able to trigger long-lasting antioxidant activity through several antioxidant enzymes stimulation. As a result, diet rich in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and watercress can help to reduce significantly lung inflammation in asthma.

This oil-rich fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that are well known for their ability to reduce the body's production of inflammatory compounds. Studies have shown that fish oil can improve pulmonary function in people with asthma and can protect against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Fish oil can also reduce airway narrowing and inflammation. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include tona, mackerel, and other cold-water fish.

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C that lowers the level of histamine in the body. They are good in fighting off stress since they lower the body's stress hormone levels. Aside from that they also help reduce the symptoms and effects of a cold. They are also rich in vitamin A that helps maintain the body's immune system.

Sulfur is needed for many processes that the body goes through constantly. It is present in each and every cell of our body and is an important building block for proteins.

Sulfur has many beneficial uses and is found to be effective in the treatment of various illnesses including osteoarthritis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Sulfur is a natural anti-histamine and is thus very useful in controlling allergies.

Vitamin C is so essential because it helps support thyroid hormone production. Thyroid hormones are involved in the regulation of metabolism, energy, sex hormones and even brain function. Vitamin C is also required for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, tryptophan and in cellular immune functions, where it may be helpful against bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. In higher amounts, Vitamin C may decrease the production of histamine, thereby reducing allergy potential.

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10 thoughts on “What Is Low Histamine Diet

  1. How can a typical allergic reaction be induced in a person with no known allergies?
    Does inflated histamine levels make one more sensitive to allergens? If so, how can histamine levels be raised?

    • Yes in sensitive individuals,or individuals that are sensative to histamine.
      Histamine-containing foods can contribute to high histamine levels in the body. For histamine-sensitive people, this can be a problem. Recent research suggests that high levels of this essential neurotransmitter are associated with anxiety or panic attacks. Other research has shown that schizophrenia symptoms can arise from a histamine imbalance influencing brain functioning. Emotional and mental health symptoms due to abnormally high histamine could be helped simply by reducing or avoiding the high risk, high histamine, foods, and choosing low histamine foods instead.

      Springtime can be hellish for hay fever suffers as the body’s immune defenses go into overdrive and produce the irritating and disabling symptoms of red, itchy, watering eyes, runny nose and sneezing. The natural chemical histamine is largely responsible for this familiar but unwanted response to high levels of pollens in the atmosphere. Therefore it is often antihistamine medication and nasal sprays that are used to gain some relief.

      Histamine Restricted Diet

      Research published in the Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (Vol 11, no.4, 249-262) into the effects of a histamine restricted diet on allergy symptoms of patients at Vancouver Hospital, Canada, showed some unexpected but interesting ‘’food/mood’ findings.

      Unlike an allergic reaction to a food, a food intolerance reaction depends on the individual’s sensitivity threshold as well as how much of a problem food they consume. So, this study looked into the effects of a 4-week low-histamine diet that avoided histamine-containing foods and histamine-releasing foods (see box) in order to reduce the total load of histamine in the body.

  2. What is a good grain free kitten food?
    I currently feed my adult cats Acana pacifica (all fish) because one of my cats is allergic to poultry. Is there a good brand of grain free food that carried a kitten formula in an all fish diet? I am going to stick with all fish, that way if my other cat does eat the food he will not get sick but I don’t really know of any good foods. Also, is it really necessary that kittens eat a “kitten” food?

    • Wellness makes a kitten food but it is poultry. However, kittens don’t have to only eat a special “kitten food” as long as they eat a quality food that is high in protein, medium-high fat and low carb. After all, mother cats in the wild don’t have to go find some special prey that only kittens eat. Most of the premium foods are “all life stages” foods so that includes kittens. I would try the Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit.

      Believe me I understand about having a cat with an food allergy sort of problem.
      But feeding all fish may not be the best idea. The phosphorus levels can be hard on the kidneys. Cats fed all on some kinds of fish can develop a thiamine deficiency. & unfortunately because of water pollution , fish often is contaminated with pesticides, PCBs, and especially if you are feeding top predator fish like tuna, there is a risk of heavy metals like mercury.
      & i would be worried that any cat with a tendency to allergies might be affected by food containing fish since it is a common allergen, and contains high levels of histamine
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/why-fish-is-dangerous-for-cats/

      But there are other options besides poultry and fish. Natures Variety Instinct makes grain-free food with several less common meat sources like rabbit, venison and lamb. I’ve got a cat with IBD who needs to eat a novel protein source, and I feed him the NV venison in canned and raw frozen. and my kitten also eats some of the raw frozen venison and sometimes some canned rabbit.
      I would think the rabbit would be a good choice — that’s usually highly digestible protein source for kittens.
      http://www.naturesvariety.com/Instinct/cat/can/all
      http://www.naturesvariety.com/InstinctRaw/cat/all

      Is it possible your cat would be able to eat beef? — there’s a Beef in many brands including Merrick’s “Cowboy Cookout”. or Before Grain, Wellness, NV, etc

  3. Is there a way to stop histamine entering my nasal passages and causing inflammation?
    Is there any specific diet I can stick to or anything?

    • No, you can’t “stop” histamines. Your body creates histamine as part of the inflammatory response to allergens.
      What you CAN do is use a Neti pot or a similar product, such as a high flow/low pressure squeeze bottle to clean out your nasal passages from allergens.

  4. Does anyone know of homeopathic remedies for sinusitis?
    I have chronic sinusitis. Currently I am on an anti-histamine, a saline nose spray and an antibiotic creme. This isn’t going so well as my doctor has prescribed the maximum dosage and I still have trouble breathing. I can’t even double up my meds on days when it’s worse than normal because I’m already taking too much.

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any home remedies (besides flushing my sinuses) that might help.

    The symptoms of my sinusitis are blocked and draining sinuses. Also sometimes my nose will start to bleed due to the fact that I am trying so hard to clear my sinuses (which is the reason for the antibiotic creme)

    If anyone has any ideas that I might be able to take to my doctor (to check if it will react to my current medication) I thank you very very much for your help and consideration.

  5. What causes sweet cravings when taking psychiatric medication?
    Im on invega 3mg and cymbalta 60mg. I noticed last time i took this combination while hospitalized in psych hospital that i was craving sweets and that was a factor in my weight gain. I started taking them again and i notice the same thing that i was craving sweets. Instead of water at work i kept getting diet coke just for that sweet craving even though at first i didnt realize why i wanted it so bad.

    • The cravings are not your fault. They are actually the result of the meds’ activity in your brain; serotonergic receptors regulate the appetite and disrupt the normal signals, one may even lose the feelings of fullness and hunger. Neurotransmitters, histamine receptors and other parts of the brain are being confused by the meds and send all kinds of sweet cravings to ones mind. The reduced physical activity and lowered metabolic rate is made worse by the meds’ side effects of tiredness, somnolence and this adds to weight gain, too. And my own experience I had no control over craving carbohydrates and sweets. I started using sugar substitute, and low-cal high fiber carbos. Beware of hyperglycemia and even diabetes. May try other med as Abilify which is has less cravings than Cymbalta. Always talk to doctor first. Good luck, I’ve often come off meds due to the cravings, But mental health must be weighed against bad side effects, it is so important. A change in diet to satisfy cravings with lower calorie choices is helpful. If the medication is working, do anything you have to to stay on it.

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