It's strange how a major health challenge can really get you motivated to eat a certain way. If life becomes more liveable of course! For some of you it's eating gluten-free. For others it's eating sugar-free. For me, at moment, it's eating low-histamine.
Hista-who? Histamine. It is a substance made by the body and bacteria in our gut, from the amino acid histidine.
Histamine is awesome. It's found in nearly every tissue of the body. Where it dilates the blood vessels, contacts smooth muscle (in the lungs, uterus and stomach), helps acid secretion in the stomach and increases heart rate. Oh, and it also acts as a neurotransmitter (brain/nerve chemical)! So it's good right?
Yes! Unless the body makes too much! Which is what happens with allergies, some infections and injuries.
In addition to what's being made by the body, another source of histamine is food! It can be beneficial for some individuals suffering with allergies to reduce the amount of histamine that's coming in the diet in food. Histamine is highest in fermented, aged foods. Some examples include cheese, anchovies, beer, wine, yeast, kombucha, soy sauce and sauerkraut.
The lists of low-histamine foods vary. One site will tell you apricots are high, another site will tell you they're low! Confusing huh. I've had to wade through a mountain of information to figure out what works best for me. Sometimes what one person can tolerate another person can't! In the end, I used two resources. An app called Food Intolerances and this Low Histamine Guide.
I'll sign off here, if eating low histamine is something you think may benefit you ~ feel free to contact me :)