As you reach for the antihistamine medication for your itchy eyes and watery nose and what is actually happening is that you’re blocking the hormone histamine from getting into the cells that cause the inflammation and restriction of smooth muscle but getting to the root of the issue, You might feel better for a bit, but the histamine is still flying around your body, taking it’s time to detoxify – along with all the other old hormones, cholesterol and ‘stuff’ that your body needs to get rid of.
It’s a band-aid situation, but you need to know that histamine is long-term exposure to histamine is now linked with dementia, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. Getting to the root of why your mast cells - part of the immune system - are on hyperdrive is needed for every season of your life.
Mast cell activation syndrome is a situation further to itchy, watery eyes and a sneezy session; histamine in unbalanced levels can really mess us up. Check out this list:
Waking up with one nostril blocked, and then it either clears or switches over to the other side. Sinus issues brain fog, headaches, migraines, IBS symptoms like diarrhea and gut pain, nausea, vomiting, and indigestion symptoms, including heartburn, reflux, and increased stomach acid that burns in your chest. Then how about rashes, eczema, swelling, itchy skin, racing heart and an increased pulse or heart rate and palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, tiredness and overall fatigue, anxiety, irritability, and even depression? Ladies, histamine can mess up our menstrual cycles, and contribute to cramping, and if you’re like me in peri-menopause, it feels like histamine could be at the bottom of a lot of the common symptoms like alcohol intolerance, headaches and migraines, and intense reactions to bug bites for instance.
What can you do?
Start with looking at how many high-histamine foods you’re eating. Ease up on them for a bit, even if they are healthy options like eggs, or avocado and fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi. Even leftovers in those that are sensitive can trigger an attack. But food is only part of the issue. Supporting your digestion is key here too. Digestive enzymes like Hypo Zymase on sproutright.com is an excellent place to start to support your digestion, as a start, and then move on to what I’ve recommended in episode 157.
Removing foods won’t cure this situation, as why your body produces more histamine does need a deep dive. That’s what we got into in episode 157 of EAT THIS with Lianne.
Supplements to help detoxify histamine, and the overall mast cell issues:
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