Numerous people suffer from histamine intolerance, also called HIT. Which health problems can be connected with it and how you can recognize yourself whether you suffer from HIT, we explain to you in the following. As PraxisFamily, we have summarized the most important points about histamine intolerance for you and explained them in an easy-to-understand way.
What are histamines?
Histamines are a messenger substance (a biogenic amine) that is needed in the human organism to control a wide variety of processes. Histamines can be partially absorbed through food, but can also be produced by the human body itself.
Processes controlled by histamines include inflammation, allergic reactions and also the sleep-wake rhythm. Histamines also control the immune system so that it can react immediately in the event of contact with viruses, bacteria, germs or infections. They allow white blood cells to go directly to the center of the threat by dilating the vessels and capillaries.
What is histamine intolerance?
Histamine intolerance is the body’s reaction to elevated histamine levels. An elevated histamine level may result in the body when the immune threat has been successfully fought off, but the histamine level in the blood remains elevated. Normally, the required, secreted histamines are broken down again in the tissues when they are no longer needed to protect health.
How does histamine intolerance manifest itself?
The following symptoms may occur when histamine intolerance is present:
- Tummy ache
- Asthma attacks
- Headache / migraine
- Skin redness (with or without itching)
- Hives / wheals
What are the possible causes of elevated histamine levels in the blood?
Endogenous histamines are produced and released by mast cells. Not infrequently, these produce much more histamines than the organism needs. Mast cells unnecessarily secrete a lot of histamines (even when there is no physical threat) when they are contaminated by toxins or when there is a food intolerance.
Which foods contain a lot of histamine?
The following foods and beverages are not unhealthy because they contain histamine. As a rule, a healthy organism can neutralize excess histamine with the help of the intestinal enzyme DAO. Nevertheless, you should know which foods contain particularly high levels of histamine:
- alcoholic beverages, such as white / red wine, beer, sparkling wines and champagne, yeast preparations
- Vegetables, such as avocado, tomatoes, spinach, sauerkraut, eggplant.
- smoked sausage, ham, cheese and fish
- other ingredients, such as soy sauce and red wine vinegar
In order for histamine to break down faster in your body, you should consume foods that are rich in:
- Vitamin C
- green herbs
- green tea (due to the contained cathartics)
In our category we offer you a free download of a list of vitamins, additives and foods that can help you break down histamine faster in your body.
What you can do about HIT
Since histamines are not only produced by the human body itself, but are also contained in foods, you should know which foods are particularly rich in histamines if you are suspected of having HIT. In order to treat HIT effectively, the cause of the increased release of histamines must first be known. Therapy can then be carried out not only more quickly, but also more effectively.
An intestine that is inflamed and / or loaded with heavy metals and other toxins can no longer perform its proper activity properly. Natural lowering of elevated histamine levels with the help of intestinal enzymes is then not possible.
Detoxification can be helpful and improve gut health. This also allows the intestinal bacteria to re-colonize in the intestine, which are important for maintaining the health of the human organism.
One cause of elevated histamine may be cervical spine syndrome. A cervical spine syndrome results in the vertebrae in the neck moving more than in a healthy cervical spine.
The surrounding nerves and blood vessels are pressed more frequently by the moving vertebrae in cervical spine syndrome, causing more than just pain. In addition, the body feels attacked, which leads to the fact that the organism not only increased nitric oxide her, but also histamine.
A sleeping position that suits the body is important
You can reduce or prevent an increased, endogenous histamine release if you adopt a sleeping position at night that relieves pressure on the cervical spine. If you suspect you are suffering from cervical spine syndrome, you should see a doctor or therapist and have your cervical spine examined.
The PraxisFamily system can also help you with self-diagnosis. If you suffer from a histamine intolerance and a cervical spine syndrome is responsible for it, relaxation exercises are helpful.
Help for self-help
With a practice family system, we are happy to help you identify and find your personal weak points. Simply register and take advantage of our free webinar to help you better understand your body and its respective health connections.
You will then certainly recognize many connections that you did not previously consider as triggers for possible health problems. We are happy to help you get to know yourself and your body better.
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