Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Histamine Intolerance (HIT)

Still not feeling as delightful as you think you should?
Are you currently adhering to a "YOU-friendly" version of the SCD/GAPS/some other anti-inflammatory diet but you're still not achieving wellness?
What I'm trying to ask is...Are you on the verge of losing your mind because you've tried EVERYTHING under the sun but you still cannot seem to put these inflammatory diseases behind you????
From one "eager to be well" SCDer to the other, there's something you might want to consider:
histamine intolerance (HIT).

{You- "Histamine intolerance?"}

{Me- "YES, a problem with histamine!! No, I'm not just talking about a stuffy nose or sore throat. For some, symptoms can include hives, migraines, anxiety, acid reflux, skin rashes, vertigo, tachycardia, swelling/inflammation, gastrointestinal pain, sunlight sensitivity, temperature sensitivity (hot or cold), and LOTS of others. Foods can either be high in it or have the power to trigger its production in your body."}
*you can click on this link and it'll take you to a FABULOUS blogger who explains Histamine Intolerance/where I got most of my information. Thank you, miss Low Histamine Chef!!!* :)

Tricky stuff, right?! 
If you click on the hyperlink above, you will see a list of common symptoms for Histamine Intolerance. 
The list is HUUUGE!!!!!!!!!! :(
If you are able to identify with most of those symptoms, we may have just unveiled the missing link to your wellness! *maybe, hopefully!* And right about now, you're probably stricken with excitement and fear and bewilderment at the same time. 
The best way to treat a histamine intolerance is through a LOW-histamine diet!
You're already an expert when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen, right?
You will be FINE!!!
We can be in the low-histamine club together!! 
If you're ready to move in this anti-histamine direction, here are some baby steps to take:

  1. Avoid foods highest in histamine such as seafood, eggs, processed/cured/smoked/fermented meats like bacon or salami, leftover meat (the histamine levels increase as the meat sits), all fermented milk products, yogurt, buttermilk, citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, lime), other fruits (grapes, mango,berries, etc.), dried fruit, fermented foods like sauerkraut or kombucha, spinach, tomatoes, artificial food colors and preservatives, spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cloves, cayenne, anise, nutmeg, curry powder), tea and alcohol, chocolate and sodas, vinegar and foods with vinegar like pickles or prepared mustards.
  2. DO NOT EAT ANY LEFTOVER MEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  3. Try to avoid extreme temperatures. If you're like me and you swell up when taking a hot shower, switch to cold showers. 
  4. Don't spend too much time in direct sunlight if you think you're sensitive to it. (I get a rash if I spend too much time in the sun) 
  5. Most importantly, STAY POSITIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*you can click on this link to see the WONDERFUL blog where I found this list of foods. Thank you so much for the information, Chris Kresser!!!* :)

I've been bouncing around the internet since I made this discovery. That's truly the best way to stumble upon reliable information on Histamine Intolerance. The "good versus bad" food list varies from site to site, so I would suggest keeping a food diary to figure out EXACTLY which foods are problematic for you. There are too many good sites to name them all by heart!!! Here are some of my favorites:

So, what to do now you ask?
Aside from seeing if this could be the answer to one of your riddles (as it was for one of mine)...
I say this with every ounce of warmth in my heart:
"Stop what you're doing and go watch a funny movie."
Yes, I'm actually serious. 
Pretty please (with a cherry on top!) stop whatever it is that you're doing and pop in one of the original Pink Panther movies.
I SWEAR it will make you laugh. 
Peter Sellers is just SO FUNNY.
Look, I know it's the middle of the week and you probably have work to do but...Save that work for a rainy day!!! 
Sometimes you have to be spontaneous and put your responsibilities on the back burner. 

Until next time, 
(P.S. I am NOT a doctor or anyone with a medical license. The stuff on Histamine Intolerance I posted here was useful information I stumbled upon that I thought might be helpful to others. Please just take this as it is: a helping hand. If you are concerned after reading this/you think this is your problem, don't hesitate to follow up with your physician.) 

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