Histamine intolerance occurs when the body cannot break down histamine, a naturally occurring chemical in the body. This can cause a host of symptoms, including headaches, hives, abdominal pain, and difficulty breathing.
To manage histamine intolerance with your diet, try to avoid foods that are high in histamine. These foods include animal products (such as meat and cheese), eggs, fermented foods (such as kimchi and sauerkraut), and legumes.
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In addition, try to eat foods that contain antihistamines, such as ibuprofen or diclofenac. If you experience severe histamine intolerance symptoms, see a doctor for further evaluation.
Make sure your food is properly prepared — overcooked or poorly-fermented foods may contain high levels of histamine, so it's important to cook meats and vegetables until they're tender (but not overdone) and avoid processed foods with additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Histamine intolerance can be a tricky condition to diagnose and manage, as the signs and symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. However, there are a few key indicators that may suggest histamine intolerance is a problem:
1. Feeling flushed or hot
2. Increased heart rate
3. Difficulty breathing
4. Nausea or vomiting
6. Sudden weakness or dizziness
7. Drowsiness or confusion
While some foods may aggravate histamine intolerance in some people, a diet that avoids all triggers is usually the best way to manage the condition.