Dealing with seasonal allergies, congestion, hives, heartburn, or adverse reactions to certain foods? If you said yes, you are NOT alone!
What are histamines and what do they have to do with my allergies?
Histamine is a biochemical produced by immune mast cells as a part of the normal inflammatory immune reaction. It also acts as a neurotransmitter + helps regulate digestion.
Histamine only causes issues when someone has too much, often experienced as seasonal allergies, congestion, hives, heartburn, or adverse reactions to high-histamine foods.
Why would someone have too much histamine (aka "histamine intolerance" or "mast cell activation syndrome")?
There are 2 primary reasons: their body is either producing too much OR not breaking it down properly.
This dysregulation can be influenced by genetics (i.e., poor methylation), hormonal imbalances, or gut dysbiosis (the majority of your immune system is in your gut).
What should you do if you suspect you have too much histamine?
Many experience relief by avoiding high-histamine
foods in their diet and reducing exposure to irritants like dust + pollen.
If the root issue is gut dysbiosis, then addressing that imbalance can help manage symptoms.
Change in-home air filters every 90 days (more often if you have furry friends). Joining a sugar detox support group like RESTART will help lower inflammation in the body!
Finally, there are many herbs + nutrients that help the body moderate its histamine response. Find these anti-histamine nutrients + herbs as whole foods, supplements, or tea.
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