If, like me, you have become your own doctor, and draw daily from the internet library and YouTube university, you will inevitably come across the subject of histamine in foods. Histamine is something that is released by certain cells in the body, at a time when an allergen is introduced to the body. Histamine is the chemical that causes the inflammation, the itchiness, the puffiness and runny nose or eyes. It can be produced by the body during an allergic reaction, but can also be absorbed by the body from foods containing a large amount of histamine.
Generally speaking, in healthy people, the balance of histamine in the body is automatic. Histamines are naturally produced, but naturally broken down by the body, such that there is no problem. For ‘allergy / intolerance sufferers’ this histamine balance is all out of whack, and we get reactions that are either immediate, or come on gradually over time.
Allergies and Eczema Come Together
Now, you might be one of those people that reacts to everything, you’ve got a broad variety of allergies, and you have learnt to accept that’s the way you are. The chances are, if you have eczema, you also have allergies, right? Let me tell you, you do not need to stay this way forever. You are currently reacting this way because that’s the current state of your digestive system. You have a candida imbalance, you have a leaky gut, you most probably have a clogged liver, kidneys and lymphatic system.
With all this, it is very difficult for the histamine balance to self-rectify, and we end up taking anti-histamines or steroids or some other terrible, acid-forming substance just to stay comfortable. However, through the same old things that I’ve been harping on about in virtually every blog post, you can bring your system back into balance. If you clean up your diet and lifestyle, feed your body some wholesome, living foods that are easy to digest and don’t get in the way of your healing, your histamine balance can be permanently sorted out. Sure, there may be some items that provoke such a massive response that you can never eat those things, but you can certainly get to a place where your daily life is abundant and healthy.
Keep It Simple
So how does this work? How does the low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based, high-activity lifestyle bring about a good histamine balance? It’s about creating a healthful, vital body. This isn’t about adopting a finicky diet where you have to watch every little morsel you eat, it’s about creating a new body. A body that is strong and resilient to stray allergens. You build this over time, as each new cell in your body is constructed from the high quality materials you give it. This is the true way to address the root cause of pretty much any of your health problems.
There are sources all over the place that will inform you which foods are high in histamine, and which foods trigger a higher release of histamine. That’s fine – by all means, choose which low-fat, plant-based foods you eat from the low-histamine side of the chart. But honestly, this is just a containment until such time as your body is strong enough to self-regulate its histamine. It’s much better to take an abundant mindset towards the plant-based lifestyle – eat to your hearts content the fruits, greens, grains and starches you love. Build a lifestyle you truly enjoy, so that motivation isn’t an issue and you will be consistent.
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