Welcome back to class as we continue to connect the dots on Histamines!
florae \ˈflȯr-ˌē, -ˌī\
:bacteria and microorganisms in the body of humans intestinal flora.
While I would love to share how we infuse 'sea flora' in to our beautiful food-grade skincare line - today we're talking about the GUT (and much more).
Think of your gut FLORA as an inner garden; just with any garden,– when you let the weeds take over, it get's a little ugly.
Beauty & Wellbeing - Begins in the Belly.
If you missed our first look at histamines, you can review it here.
For the cliff note version, continue to read below.
LOW HISTAMINE FOODS 101
It's no wonder!
Our gut is where 70% of the immune system lies, where we metabolize hormones, where we make enzymes, and where we make nutrients. This is why what goes in our digestive system can impact our mood, health, brain and skin so profoundly.
Proper nutrition and a gut clean up is the true root of healing for glowing healthy skin and a resurrection of healthy hair growth.
FIRST, we take a FIELD TRIP back to understanding the origin of Histamines and the role they play.
Histamines are essential.
Our body naturally makes histamine, but are also introduced through our diet. Histamine can trigger common allergies, as well as play a essential role in helping us regulate sleep and digestion.
The Two Enzymes that Impact a Histamine Imbalance
These two enzymes, especially DAO, bind & break down histamine, preventing excess histamine.
The Reaction: When you are unable to metabolize histamine or eat foods high in histamines - allergy like symptoms can occur. (ie: redness of the skin, hives, congestion or a runny nose, swelling, fatigue, diarrhea, and other symptoms) can occur.
Getting to the ROOT
Diet and Lifestyle Choices
The Microbiome Connection
Your micro-biome and gastro health is critical. This is where your natural enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO) production occurs. * This enzyme is what breaks down histamines. *
Histamine intolerance can occur without a leaky gut, but there is a common link to the release of particles in the body and blood - increasing leaky gut exacerbates and the symptoms of histamine intolerance.
DNA & Genetics
Histamine intolerance is partially genetic and people with certain genes seem to be more predisposed.
Predispo... - WHAT?
A genetic predisposition of poor methylation or unable to obtain the key vitamins (B6, B12, iron, copper and vitamin C) - causes symptoms flare up.
Gas, bloating and constipation? Hypothyroidism + Hashimoto's + SIBO
What do these three things have in common?
They may be caused by SIBO which is correlated with the Histimine im-balance and thyroid production. SIBO is an inflammatory condition in the GI tract and is caused by an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria. 50% of those with hypothyroidism have SIBO.
Here are a few hints of histamine high foods to avoid.
Download this 'done for you' food guide checklist to create ease and clarity on your next field-trip to the store.
- Fermented foods
- Cow's milk and most cultured dairy (such as cheeses & yoghurt)
- Vinegar products (vinegar, pickles, ketchup, mustard)
- Artificial colors + Artificial preservatives
- Long cooked bone broth
Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips
- Avoid eating canned foods and ready meals
- Avoid eating ripened and fermented foods (older cheeses, alcoholic drinks, products containing yeast)
- Avoid leftover meat products
*Cleanse + Favor Vitamin C
There's a good reason we use THE BIG C in our Evoq skin line.
It's a powerful antioxidant! We’ve already schooled you on cleansing for spring (you can find it here).
*How Vita C works? Rather than blocking histamine from binding to receptor sites ( what pharmaceuticals do), Vitamin C prevents histamine from forming in the first place.
FIND A LOCAL HIVE. Allergies are noticeably decreased by incorporating raw and local honey into the diet. You can also get this through bee pollen. I love Premiere Research Labs Bee Pollen
This antioxidant can be found naturally in apples, onions and other produce. Research proves its an effective natural allergy remedy because it is able to lessen the respiratory side effects caused by inflammation in the airways.
This plant is a common herb and shows its power in clinical studies revealing that 58% of people rated nettle as more effective than other allergy medications they’ve tried.
It's best when treating the respiratory distress and other symptoms often associated with allergies, primarily by blocking the action of agents causing inflammation and swelling.
The following probiotics either contain histamine reducing or histamine neutral strains. Best strain? Probiotic that contains Bifidobacterium infantis and B. longum.
Supporting the liver with herbs like milk thistle, artichoke leaf, wasabi, and sarsaparilla.
DAO supplements supply the enzyme that breaks down histamine.
This flavone is helpful in lowering inflammation, which is often at the core of histamine intolerance. According to a 2000 study in the journal of Pharmacology, luteolin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It also inhibits the activity of mast cells, which release histamine.
In studies, ginger has shown to inhibit histamine release and protect from peptic ulcers. As a culinary herb, you can easily add it to your diet and reap its benefits.
They have the unique ability to bring stress hormones up when they’re too low, and bring them down when they’re too high. So essentially, they always know what to do to keep your body in the proper balance. This dual action is what make adaptogens a fabulous option among histamine supplements.
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Hope you enjoyed and made it to the end!
Consider specialized testing — such as organic acid, stool, gluten sensitivity and food allergy testing if the above strategies don’t help you get to the bottom of flora gut dysfunction. You might have to work with a Functional Medicine practitioner to effectively test and treat imbalances in your gut.
NEXT we review how histamines effect women's everyday aging and the secret tools to fight back.
xo Love + Health + Beauty - Kassandra