Histamine intolerance belongs to a group of conditions that are usually overlooked and ignored, although they could be the reason some people feel fatigue or even pain. The purpose of this article is to provide valuable information abut histamine intolerance and what foods you should eat in order to avoid it.
What Are Histamines?
Histamine is a chemical that occurs naturally in some foods. The chemical is also present in the body, where it is involved with the immune, central nervous, and digestive systems. As a neurotransmitter, histamine sends important messages or signals from your body to the brain. It is also a component of stomach acid, which helps you break down food.
You have probably heard the term histamine if you suffer from any sort of allergy, e.g. food allergies, pollen allergies, and many others. You probably used antihistamines to relieve symptoms of your allergy. This happens because the primary role of histamines in one’s body is to cause an immediate inflammatory response. Basically, histamines can be considered red flags which inform your body that something is wrong.
What Is Histamine Intolerance?
Histamine causes our blood vessels to swell and dilate. In turn, white blood cells rapidly find and attack problem or infection. Since the body contains histamine and some foods are rich in this chemical, it is not unusual for some people to become intolerant. The buildup of histamine in your body can cause itchiness, headaches, and other symptoms that will be discussed below.
Histamine intolerance occurs when your body is unable to break down histamine properly. It means, simply, that your body contains excessive amounts of this chemical.
Symptoms Of Histamine Intolerance
If you experience these symptoms, then chances are high that you deal with histamine intolerance:
- Irregular sleeping pattern
- Arrhythmia (accelerated heart rate)
- Difficulty regulating body temperature
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Tissue swelling.
Histamine intolerance is usually caused by consumption of histamine-rich foods.
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How To Improve Symptoms Of Histamine Intolerance
Since histamine intolerance is usually caused by consumption of histamine-rich foods, then making some diet adjustments can alleviate symptoms. This notion has been explored extensively by Laura Maintz and Natalia Novak from the Department of Dermatology, University of Bonn, in Germany. They are authors of one of the most detailed articles about histamines and histamine intolerance. Both authors have conducted extensive research about histamine intolerance in order to get as much data as possible. Results of their research were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Authors of the paper revealed that a histamine-free diet supported by antihistamines leads to an improvement of symptoms. However, authors also stress the importance of conducting further clinical studies on this subject, since it is still a widely unexamined condition.
What Foods Should I Eat To Avoid Histamine Intolerance?
Onions contains a compound called Quercetin, which acts as a natural antihistamine and prevents immune cells from releasing histamines. Scientists believe Quercetin has the ability to prevent and ease symptoms of allergies.
It is usually used in teas, but nettles can be a healthy addition to some meals as well. Another reason why you should add nettle to your diet is the fact that it is a natural antihistamine. For example, in one study, conducted by Mittman P from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, 58% of participants reported their symptoms decreased after consumption of freeze-dried nettles and 69% rated it better than placebo. Results of the study were published in Planta Medica.
Pomegranates contain polyphenols like tannins and anthocyanins and are rich in antioxidants. This fruit has the ability to reduce inflammation, ease symptoms of allergies, and thus prevent histamine intolerance. Tariq M. Haqqi from the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, along with a group of scientists, conducted a study to inspect whether pomegranate modulates inflammatory reactions. Results of the study were published in the Journal of Inflammation and showed that pomegranate stimulated inflammatory gene expression and it may be of therapeutic use for the treatment of inflammatory diseases by suppressing activation of mast cells (they play a pivotal role in inflammations and infections). You can eat pomegranate by itself, make a juice, tea etc.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are rich in a wide range of nutrients that provide our body with vitamins, minerals, and other healthy components. Just like pomegranates, apples inhibit the release of histamines from mast cells, which makes them perfect for people with histamine intolerance.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids reduce allergic reactions due to their anti-inflammatory properties, and they act as natural antihistamines. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in fish, some nuts, etc. Moreover, your body needs high level of Omega 3s for overall health, so including more in your diet or supplementing is always a good idea.
While cooking your favourite meal, instead of using butter or canola oil, opt for a healthier alternative. Olive oil is one of the primary sources of oleic acid, which increases the release of diamine oxidase (DAO) into the bloodstream by 500%. When oleic acid helps release DAO into your blood stream it degrades free amines and histamines, which relieve symptoms of histamine intolerance. Just be careful not to cook with olive oil at a high heat, as it burns easily.
Eggs are actually quite low in histamines and safe to eat in moderate amounts. They are also rich in antioxidants that fight the free radicals which destroy healthy blood cells. Eggs are also rich in protein, boosting your energy throughout the day.
Chicken, or poultry in general, is also a good source of oleic acid, which increases the release of DAO and eases symptoms of histamine intolerance.
Whole grains are a rich source of antioxidants, iron, fiber, and magnesium, all of which improve our overall health. Moreover, since gluten aggravates histamine intolerance, products that contain whole grains are a healthy alternative. They are also known for their anti-allergic properties.
Fresh seafood and meat
If you simply can’t imagine going vegetarian, then make sure you eat fresh ingredients. Regardless of the type of meat, always strive to avoid processed products, as they are high in histamines and will only worsen your condition. Instead, opt for fresh seafood and unprocessed meats, since they are low in histamines. They should still, however, only be consumed in moderate amounts. Remember, excessive consumption of these foods could induce the opposite effect and you should try to eat fish or meat, including poultry, only once or twice a week.
TIP: avoid canned or smoked fish.
NOTE: always make sure products you purchase are fresh, especially fruits and vegetables. The older the produce, the more histamines they contain.
IMPORTANT: it is important to keep a food diary and write down everything you eat. Some foods may aggravate histamine intolerance, while other foods will not, and only by keeping a log of everything you eat will you find out what to avoid.
In conclusion, it may seem that histamine intolerance prevents you from eating foods you like, but it’s all about eating good quality food. For example, avoid unhealthy and processed foods, and if purchasing fruits and vegetables always make sure they are fresh. It’s important to have a food diary to keep track of how some foods affect your condition.
Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question
- The Facts:
Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.
- Reflect On:
What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?
The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.
The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.
If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.
You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.
One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.
Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?
There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.
It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.
More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.
A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”
It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.
Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.
I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”
Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.
The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.
Food Brands Owned By Monsanto
- The Facts:
Below is a list of food brands currently owned by Monsanto. The list was put out by Vocal Media.
- Reflect On:
Are the foods we eat safe? Are the chemicals we eat ingest with them safe? A lot of science has shown otherwise, so what's really going on here.
Monsanto is a biotech corporation that was founded in the early 1900s. They produce genetically modified foods (GMOs) and many chemicals that are sprayed onto our food, including several pesticides. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research titled, “Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults” outlined the issue with these chemicals, many of which were actually originally designed by Monsanto as warfare weapons to be used as nerve agents.
The study highlighted that diet is the primary source of pesticide exposure in both children and adults. It found that an organic diet significantly reduced neonicotinoid, OP pyrethroid, 2,4-D exposure, with the greatest reduction observed in malathion, clothianidin, and chlorpyrifos.
The researchers noted that all of us are exposed “to a cocktail of toxic synthetic pesticides linked to a range of health problems from our daily diets.” They explained how “certified organic food is produced without these pesticides,” and attempted to answer the question, “Can eating organic really reduce levels of pesticides in our bodies?”
They tested four American families who typically don’t eat organic food to find out.
First, we tested the levels of pesticides in their bodies on a non-organic diet for six days. We found 14 chemicals representing potential exposure to 40 different pesticides in every study participant. These included organophosphates, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids and the phenoxy herbicide 2,4-D. Some of the pesticides we found are linked to increased risk of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more. (source)
This is one of multiple studies that’ve shown the benefits of switching to an organic diet.
When it comes to GMOs, there is a wealth of information that shows corruption with regard to their approval. A great resource to learn more about that is called Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverte.
The stranglehold that corporations like Monsanto have on governments and government agencies like the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is quite strong. Many senior CDC scientists actually stressed this, but there are several other examples of this type of corruption.
For example, glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, was recently re-licensed and approved by European Parliament. However, MEPs found the science given to them was plagiarized, full of industry science written by Monsanto. You can read more about that here.
Glyphosate has been implicated in thousands of cancer cases, and Monsanto has already paid out billions of dollars to multiple victims. Dewayne Johnson is one of multiple examples.
Many mainstream foods were also found to be contaminated with glyphosate. Here’s a list of children’s foods that’ve been contaminated.
Monsanto was recently acquired by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Big food and big pharma are one in the same. They own the press, they own politicians, and they practically dictate government policy. There are a multitude of examples that illustrate the massive amount of corruption that drives these corporations, yet they are still operating despite the fact that the products they offer have been proven to be extremely damaging to human health as well as the environment.
Those of you who have been involved in the past in the battle to protect our children from poorly made vaccines or toxic chemicals in our food or in our water know the power of these industries and how they’ve undermined every institution in our democracy that is supposed to protect little children from powerful, greedy corporations. Even the pharmaceutical companies have been able to purchase congress. They’re the largest lobbying entity in Washington D.C.. They have more lobbyists in Washington D.C. than there are congressman and senators combined. They give twice to congress what the next largest lobbying entity is, which is oil and gas… Imagine the power they exercise over both republicans and democrats. They’ve captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They’ve compromised the press… and they destroy the publications that publish real science. – Robert F. Kennedy (source)
Today, annual protests are held against the agrochemical company to demonstrate the public’s displeasure with Monsanto’s practices. Not only do the protests illustrate how many people are against genetically modified organisms, but they also represent how many people are against the dangerous pesticides Monsanto produces to kill off pests and insects.
Here are some of the brands that Monsanto works with.
This list was recently put out by Vocal Media.
- Aunt Jemima
- Aurora Foods
- Best Foods
- Betty Crocker
- Capri Sun
- Chef Boyardee
- Coca Cola
- Delicious Brand Cookies
- Duncan Hines
- Famous Amos
- Frito Lay
- General Mills
- Green Giant
- Healthy Choice
- Hershey’s Nestle
- Hungry Jack
- Interstate Bakeries
- KC Masterpiece
- Keebler/Flowers Industries
- Kid Cuisine
- Kraft/Phillip Morris
- Lean Cuisine
- Loma Linda
- Marie Callenders
- Minute Maid
- Nature Valley
- Ocean Spray
- Orville Redenbacher
- Pasta- Roni
- Pepperidge Farms
- Pop Secret
- Post Cereals
- Power Bar Brand
- Prego Pasta Sauce
- Procter and Gamble
- Ragu Sauce
- Smart Ones
- Tombstone Pizza
- Uncle Ben’s
At the end of the day, despite the massive amount of corruption and illegal activities these companies have engaged in, we are the ones buying their products and consuming their foods. All we have to do is make better choices–we can switch to organic produce, we can do our research and purchase from ethical companies, and we can refuse to spray our lawns with herbicides. Vote with your dollar.
New Study Finds Strong Link Between Glyphosate & Human Liver Disease
- The Facts:
A new study outlines a strong link between Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, and human liver disease.
- Reflect On:
Glyphosate has contaminated much of our soil and it's in many of the foods we eat. Decades of research has shown the dangers of this product, so how have our federal health regulatory agencies been able to approve this substance, and others, as safe?
Scientists and health professionals have been raising concerns about pesticides for decades. The idea that these products were ever approved as safe by our federal health regulatory agencies is truly mind blowing, given the fact that their toxicity and danger seem to be unquestionable. In 2012, the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) stated that “Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment of the latest science leaves little room for doubt; pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.”
Again, with all of the science available showing clear cause for concern, how are these products approved as safe? There are many examples one can use to answer this question. For example, a group called the CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, made up of CDC senior scientists, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK).
They outline the corporate connection to science in the statement below:
We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviours.
This is how substances like Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, continue to gain approval–it’s pure corruption. What’s one of the latest examples of corruption? Look no further than the fact that it was recently re-licensed and approved by European Parliament. In this case, MEPs found out that the science given to them was plagiarized and full of industry science written by Monsanto. You can read more about that here.
In 1996, Monsanto was sued by the New York Attorney General based on its false and misleading advertising of Roundup products. Monsanto lost and agreed to stop, but to date they have not stopped those practices anywhere else other than New York State. You can read more about that here.
The list of corruption is long, and these are only a few of many examples.
Despite this fact, Germany has said it will phase out the weedkiller because it wipes out insect populations crucial for ecosystems and pollination of food crops and because of the negative impact it has on human health.
Glyphosate & Liver Disease
Glyphosate has been making noise in the courtroom, with thousands of pending cases regarding the correlation between glyphosate and various types of cancer. The link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma has actually led to Monsanto paying victims billions of dollars. You can read about one example here.
A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, suggests an association between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in human beings.
In a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology , a team led by Paul J. Mills, PhD, professor and chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, examined glyphosate excretion in the urine samples of two patient groups — those with a diagnosis of NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), and those without. The results were significant, as glyphosate residue was significantly higher in patients with NASH than it was in patients with a healthier liver.
These results also compliment the findings from multiple animal studies that have already been conducted.
“There have been a handful of studies, all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly, and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said Mills. “So I naturally thought: ‘Well, could there be an association with this same herbicide and liver disease in the U.S.?’”
As the university points out:
The study examined urine samples of 93 patients. Forty-one percent were male; 42 percent were white or Caucasian; 35 percent were Hispanic or Latino. Average BMI was 31.8. Patients were originally recruited as part of a larger study at the UC San Diego NAFLD Research Center conducted between 2012 and 2018. Liver biopsies were used to determine the presence or absence of NAFLD while classifying the subjects by cohort.
Mills plans to next put a group of patients on an all-organic diet and track them over the course of several months, examining how a herbicide-free diet might affect biomarkers of liver disease.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the United States; it was developed and patented by agrochemical giant Monsanto in the 1970s and its sales represent approximately 50 percent of the company’s annual revenue.
Dr. Minkoff, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity, for very high academic achievement, provides an excellent scientific explanation as to why glyphosate represents a big problem for human health. You can read about that here, if you’re interested.
Will An Organic Diet Make A Difference?
Professor Mills mentions his intention to put a group of patients on an all organic diet and track them over the course of several months while examining how an herbicide free diet might affect biomarkers of liver diseases.
This is important, as many of our foods are now contaminated with glyphosate, among other herbicides and pesticides. For example, here’s a list of children’s foods that have been contaminated with glyphosate. The chemical has also been discovered in major orange juice brands.
Science has already shown that an organic diet can make a tremendous difference. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research examined four families who eat conventional diets. Pesticide levels were measured via urine before switching to an organic diet for 6 days. A dramatic drop in pesticide levels was found. You can access that study and read about more examples here.
The approval of substances that are harmful to human health started long ago–remember DDT? It’s been decades, but it’s still happening. At the end of the day, you can refuse to buy and use these products, as many people are still purchasing them to use on their lawns and in their communities.
Despite the setbacks, progress is being made as this substance is now banned in multiple communities and countries as awareness continues to grow.
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