After about 2 years dairy-free paleo (with occasional cheats) I've been diagnosed with food induced histaminosis (histamine intolerance). I decided to get tested as many of the symptoms that initially improved while eating paleo returned after some time (bloating, diarrhea, asthma, eczema, increased heart rate after eating). Anyhow, I tested intolerant for wheat, dairy, chicken, egg white, oily fish and pork. The specialist told me to remove these foods from my diet for the next 6 months (in addition to histamine-rich foods and drink like wine:(
From my understanding, histamine intolerance occurs when insufficient DAO enzyme is produced to deal with the amount of histamine released by the mast cells. Since DAO is produced by the intestinal mucosa, in my opinion, a damaged intestinal lining would affect DAO production and, at the same time, allow proteins to slip through, which would cause the cells to release histamine. In short, I have a feeling that at this time, until I fix my gut lining, I will react negatively to pretty much all proteins. The problem is that I don't know how to fix it!!
So, here's my question: Should I actually stop eating ALL of the foods I am intolerant to or would I be able to cure things by just eliminating dairy and gluten (completely eliminating them, meaning no cheats) and including probiotics. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to continue to eat paleo while eliminating all of the proteins I am supposedly intolerant to. I prefer to eat low carb paleo to control my food cravings, too many carbs and I'm toast (LOL).
If a strict 6 mo. eliminating the foods I'm intolerant to is enough to go back to my usual paleo diet, I'll try it, but it would be really tough and restrictive. Any answers??
Check out the GAPS diet (specifically the intro phase), make sure sleep is good, manage stress to acceptable levels, do not do high intensity exercise, and watch any meds you're currently taking. Get with a practitioner hip on paleo and GAPS to explore possible supplementation. I like 1,3/1,6-beta-glucan here.
At the very same time all my food allergies/intolerance were diagnosed I also noted issues with eating left overs, thats when they explained to me about histamines in foods, and that includes eating left overs....which I reacted to, of the very same foods I could eat the previous day without issue.
I think when you are really suffering you are so much more sensitive to things so its best to remove them completely and eat pure fresh foods that are allowable.
Definitely look into GAPS intro, you need to heal your gut ASAP. What will eventually happen if you dont, is what I'm currently facing, new and an ever growing list of new intolerance.
Are you at least absorbing nutrients? Id be careful with supplementations when you are so sensitive, make sure you get allergen free products and try things slowly to make sure you dont react!
I feel for you!
Have you tried the autoimmune version of the paleo diet? You'd have to continue with the no dairy but also eliminate nightshades, eggs and nuts/seeds.
Also this might be a great question to ask Robb Wolf. If he responds could you post his response here, I'm sure we'd all like to hear his opinion.
Dr Art Ayers talks about healing the gut by consuming firbrous products. He specifically mention artichokes, jeresalem artichokes, jicama, burdock root, and chicory as fermenting in the gut which will assist in healing the gut. I obtained burdock root and chicory at http://www.herbco.com/ I mix the burdock root and chicory in my yogurt. The burdock root is fibrous and hard so I soak a couple of minutes in water before adding to my greek yogurt.
He is all about healing the gut which will rid the body of inflammation.
Jimmy Moore is going to interview Dr Ayers June 2nd.
For those that have muscle aches which may be fibromyalgia, Supplementation with 5000IU Vit D3 daily...the gelcap...seems to help with fm.
The Quilt doctor wants his patients to maintain serum Vit D3 at 70 to 100ng/ml I started with 10000IU daily and then backed off to 5000IU and wife and my level is around mid 80s.
This woman is considered one of the experts in histamine intolerance and her interview on radio is here
More detailed explanation here:
Here Diet http://www.urticaria.thunderworksinc.com/pages/lowhistamine.htm - Janice's diet only differs to this in the exclusion of eggs.
Other things which I find essential: Anti-histamine (Types 1 & 2) Mast-cell blockers (Intal - for stomach)
GREAT care with all medications - some can release histamines and cause great mischief
I have looked at the GAPS diet and I am trying bits of it but I am not able to tolerate much and adding fermented foods is just not an option for me and seems to be the basis.
The issue as I understand it in a nut shell is that histamine intolerance is genetic and reactive to hormones. I personally think for me addressing the histamines and blocking them is the precursor to anything else.
Hope this helps
Very interesting. I am as well histamine intolerant.
GAPS diet may be great to heal the gut, but I think it's NOT an option for people affected by HIT. All fermented foods are very high in histamine, so basically what you'd need to consume in order to cure your gut is what makes you sick in the first place. A vicious circle. See here: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/sacred-cows-can-fermented-foods-make-you-sick
I don't think proteins are the problem, the problem is histamine, so if your intolerance is very severe you need to have VERY fresh meat, avoid slow cooking, and of course avoid all fermented foods and other histamine rich or histamine releasing foods.
I still don't know how to solve this, but eating liver may help. I am now experimenting with it as histamine breakdown is done by diamineoxidase (DOA), which is a copper-regulated enzyme. It is speculated that low levels of this enzyme cause HIT. I also had elevated LDL, which Paul-Jaminet says might be related to copper deficiency. It's a wild guess but we'll see. More on this here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/122016/high-ldl-and-histamine-intolerance-could-be-related-and-caused-by-copper-deficien#axzz1vrtJFq4n
Sheesh..wheat caused mine. After I totally quit grain, I can breathe. My muscles ache though. so I am giving up bacon and any other processed type chemicals that could be added to food. What also helped was organic micro filtered whey in water for a few days... Fasting for a week with just water would also calm it all down for me.. I hope you can find your answer.