My journey searching for a histamine intolerance treatment, and solving my intolerance for good.
If you’re histamine intolerant, you’ll be well-experienced in the struggles and difficulties of searching for a histamine intolerance treatment.
You have to struggle with constantly trying to manage and worry about your low histamine diet, trying to navigate the social aspects of eating and dealing with a major lack of recognition from medical professionals - even when you’re in the middle of an allergy-like symptom flare-up.
Believe me, I know the struggle because I’ve personally been through it. I suffered from histamine intolerance for years. And, today, I’m going to tell you my story and explain how I personally solved my histamine intolerance.
From Histamine Intolerance to Treatment
When I was 23, I became histamine intolerant - what appeared to be quite suddenly, actually.
It took almost a year to self-diagnose the issue and, this diagnosis only came accidentally, because I happened to stumble upon a single case of histamine intolerance during my Master of Science studies.
Before then, I had never even heard of the disorder.
As you may know, due to the multi-symptomatic nature of histamine intolerance, combined with the lack of awareness on the disorder, it is not only difficult to diagnose, but difficult to even catch wind of histamine intolerance in the first place.
Considering the lack of easily accessible information on the disorder, I understood that seeking out a histamine intolerance treatment was going to be a struggle.
Once I investigated histamine intolerance further, I decided to try out a low histamine diet which began alleviating my symptoms within a little over a week.
This diet was my first strong piece of evidence that I was histamine intolerant.
My diet took a little tweaking because, as you may realize, many of the histamine intolerance food lists out there appear to contradict one-another.
I had to do plenty of research to not only discover high histamine foods but, to discover foods that also encourage the release of histamine from mast cells, and contain compounds such as histidine which can be bacterially converted in the body to histamine.
This confusion is why I created my own foods list. You may notice it’s a bit more strict than some of the ones out there - but, for good reason!
My clients and readers have reported great success on using my histamine food list in comparison to other low histamine diets.
Finding out all of the foods that should be restricted was step 1, and it helped me greatly in alleviating my histamine intolerance symptoms.
But, avoiding high histamine foods didn’t solve the problem and, only created awkward situations compared to living a 'normal' daily life.
Managing and worrying about my diet, preparing every single thing I ate, avoiding eating out for fear of ‘contamination’ from unknown ingredients, even living in fear and near social isolation due to the social aspects surrounding eating.
This new diet did not provide me with a histamine intolerance treatment but, rather, a temporary band-aid for symptom relief.
I knew I had to take the next step. As the numerous doctors I saw didn't offer a histamine intolerance treatment - often dismissing the disorder entirely - I realized that my hope of treating histamine intolerance in this way was dwindling.
I was left with the options of either giving up or fighting the battle alone...
Thankfully, I come from a scientific background. I was in the midst of completing my Master of Science in Nutrition and, I had a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
This background gave me a great understanding of the human body at a deep level and, due to my studies, I was able to focus a lot of time and energy into researching histamine intolerance treatments.
Here’s what I found….
5 Tips that Treated My Histamine Intolerance
In my long, expensive, and repeatedly-hitting-dead-ends search for a histamine intolerance treatment, here is a summary of what I found during my scientific research and, what led to solving histamine intolerance for me and - now thousands of my clients for good:
1. Identify and treat the root cause of histamine intolerance
There are many root causes that can underlie histamine intolerance.
Everything from pathogenic microbes and bacterial imbalances to mast cell disorders to genetically inherited mutations could be the initial trigger. Exploring and eradicating the root cause is key to being able to heal your histamine intolerance.
Although there are many roots to explore, one of the most common underlying issues is Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria residing within the digestive tract. Approximately 50% of the population actually possesses H. pylori, with many of them being asymptomatic.
However, in many cases, H. pylori both underlies and perpetuates the disorder of histamine intolerance and is essential to eradicate in order to improve or solve symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, testing for H. pylori can be one of the best places to start.
As I mentioned however, H. pylori isn’t a firm cause and there is a long list of additional causes that are simple to explore and test for.
I’ve included a more comprehensive explanation of all common causes and their interventions in my tell-all How I Solved My Histamine Intolerance Course.
2. Fix Your Gut
Gut Health may be the most important factor underlying your intolerance. And, a lot of people don't even consider the gut when seeking out a histamine intolerance treatment.
As scientific research persists, evidence is increasingly revealing that the gut is the epicenter of health. The gut can be thought of as the soil your body grows on. It is responsible for breaking down food and absorbing all of the incoming nutrients that your entire body relies on.
If the health of your gut is compromised, every single organ and body system has the potential to be compromised. Poor gut health can quickly lead to nutrient deficiencies and exacerbate histamine intolerance issues by compromising the function of systems in your body required to regulate histamine release and breakdown such as mast cells and DAO levels.
The gut is becoming a hot topic in the health world - and, for good reason! You can find plenty of info on improving your gut online by doing a quick search but, it’s important to keep in mind a lot of the best interventions for your gut (fermented foods, bone broth, standard probiotics) actually make histamine intolerance worse!
If you go the standard route to enhance gut health and expect that to be an effective histamine intolerance treatment...you may be messing up your body more than helping it.
Only specific gut health treatments should be used in the case of histamine intolerance. I've summarized these in my webinar, which you can preview here.
3. Take the right probiotic for histamine intolerance - the wrong one will do more harm than good
Bacteria are involved, either directly or indirectly, in every single system of the body. And, unlike your genes, you can change your bacteria - for better or for worse.
Underlying issues (such as H. pylori, other pathogens, poor diet, antibiotics, etc.) can lead to bacterial imbalances that can easily increase internal histamine levels.
For example, it is a natural process that several species of “good” bacteria produce histamine within the body. However, even if the populations of these “good” bacteria grow too large, you can end up producing more histamine than your body can handle.
This is exactly the reason why taking probiotics can make histamine intolerance worse, unless you know the specific probiotic strains that are histamine intolerance friendly.
This is just one of the ways bacteria can impact histamine intolerance, but the list is fairly extensive considering their in-depth involvement in all bodily processes.
Balancing bacteria using a method specific for histamine intolerance is, therefore, an essential part of improving your gut environment and microbial profile.
Although I discuss everything I discovered about the relationship between bacteria and histamine intolerance in the How I Solved My Histamine Intolerance Course, for now, the current histamine-safe probiotic I use with my histamine intolerant clients can be found here.
4. Nutrient deficiencies and insufficiencies are common in histamine intolerance
Imbalances in biological nutrient status can occur for many reasons. Dietary imbalances, a compromised gut that prevents absorption, medications, comorbidities, the list goes on.
Although healing the gut and balancing bacteria can help to resolve nutrient issues on their own, there are still a variety of common nutrients that are depleted in histamine intolerance and may need supplementation in order to return to normal levels.
One common deficiency seen in histamine intolerance is magnesium. Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body, so depletion of this nutrient can cause big interruptions in standard biological processes.
Other common deficiencies or insufficiencies seen in histamine intolerance include zinc, omega-3’s and vitamins A, C and E.
In my step-by-step protocol of the How I Solved My Histamine Intolerance Course, I go deeper into nutrient deficiencies and why supplementing with them at the start of your histamine intolerance journey can actually be a bad idea and turn out to be a waste of time and money.
5. Stress and histamine intolerance cyclically impact one-another.
We all know stress is bad for our health. But, did you know that stress from having a chronic illness actually imposes some of the worst biological impacts on your body and health.
This type of stress is known as inescapable stress because, no matter how hard you try, you still have to deal with histamine intolerance every day.
In order to reduce stress levels, you should use certain biohacks that reduce the overall stress on the body in order to minimize inflammation caused by chronic stress and rebalance biochemicals that can be thrown out of whack during a long, stressful period.
This includes eating a healthy, low histamine diet, getting regular exercise, mindfulness meditation and, you can even try things like cold showers to give you a great cognitive boost and reduce inflammation further.
It’s important to note that although many people think they are living healthy lives, a lot of the information we believe is healthy actually is contradictory to our health. I mean, come on, how did you get here in the first place? I’m sure, just as most people, you thought you were being relatively healthy. For heaven’s sake I was a personal trainer about to start a Master’s in nutrition when it all started!
In my Histamine Intolerance Course, I detail all of the most effective interventions for both solving histamine intolerance and keeping your body healthy to prevent further issues and symptoms from returning.
Ending the Search for a Histamine Intolerance Treatment
Through my search for a histamine intolerant treatment, I gained the knowledge to combine the info I found into a step-by-step, actionable plan which solved my histamine intolerance for good.
It took months of work to develop, and several more months to put those interventions into practice.
But, what I noticed, was that each step of the way I was able to eat more and more foods, while experiencing less and less symptoms.
I felt better and I could tolerate more foods until, eventually, by following the steps I had created, I was able to eat everything again without symptoms.
I was able to stop worrying about my diet and stop being afraid of social events. I was able to start going to my favourite restaurants again (sushi nights every Friday!) and start eating my all-time favourite treat - chocolate - all while experiencing no reaction.
The whole process from becoming histamine intolerant to healed was a long one.
Seeking out a histamine intolerance treatment while being turned away by medical doctors was discouraging.
And, doing my own research on histamine intolerance treatments didn't feel much easier.
It has now been several years since recovering from histamine intolerance and, since then, I have helped thousands of people across the world to do improve and eliminate their symptoms for good!
Everything you need is laid out in step-by-step videos within the How I Solved My Histamine Intolerance Course.
Click the link to learn all about what the course has to offer. You can also click here to see the testimonials!
"By far the best resource I've found in my search for a histamine intolerance treatment. Two months in and have never felt better. And, I can finally eat some of my favourite foods again! Thank you." - Liz C., United States
The interventions in this course work because they are fully backed by science and use all-natural methods that help to heal the body starting at the root cause.
The best part is that the step-by-step interventions I provide in the course can all be done from your own home. So, no matter where you are in the world, you can access the info you need in order to get the help you’ve been looking for.
"Diarrhea, skin rashes, fatigue and anxiety - all gone! Hallelujah!" - Susan S., United Kingdom
"It's a great feeling to be able to spend more time with my family and kids, compared to managing and worrying about my diet and symptoms" - Tiana B., Australia
Put your health in nature's hands.
Anita Tee, Nutritional Scientist