Many people suffer during Spring, Summer and some all year round with 'assumed' allergies to pollen be it from grasses, weeds, flowers or trees. As the pollens scatter, the allergens blossom triggering reactions such as sneezing, coughing, eye and nose irritation, rashes, itching and general malaise. Countless people resort to anti-histamine medicines to control symptoms however the side effects and be equally detrimental.
Symptoms experienced are due to an over-stimulated immune system and excessive histamine release. Histamine is a chemical which occurs naturally in certain foods as well as being one of the chemicals released by the body as part of an allergic reaction. The body has an enzyme which breaks down histamine although some people have a low level of this enzyme (diamine oxidase) and when too many histamine rich foods are eaten they exacerbate or cause the symptoms as above.
Remembering that your immune system is in the gut, would it not make sense to assume that the foods you eat play a large part in histamine release? For example, histamine is used in the body as a water regulator so it is important to stay hydrated (i.e. I mean drink water not caffeine!) If your body is dehydrated then more histamine will be produced naturally to compensate.
Additionally, there are some foods which are particularly high in histamine too so it would make sense to minimise or avoid: wine and all fermented drinks and foods (sauerkraut and vinegar included), shellfish, cheese, dried fruit and nuts, strawberries, and chocolate to name a few! Certain foods (even if low in histamine) can stimulate the release of histamine from some immune cells so an intolerance test is recommended.
On a positive note, there are some foods which contain Bromelain, Quercetin and Sulphur, compounds which may stabilise histamine. These foods include pineapples, onions, garlic, leeks and Green Tea. Nutrient wise, people with low levels of certain vitamins (including the water soluble Vitamin C and B complex) produce higher levels of histamine so keep your green leafy vegetable intake high.
As part of a Full Health MOT we screen for antigens from dust, all pollens, moulds and foods to confirm how your body's immune system reacts and more importantly how you can de-sensitise and reduce symptoms. Call Gail on 01249 818758