It all started one afternoon in April 2019 when I experienced a panic attack right after dinner. I must say it was not at all something common in my life. Hence the surprise was big and not pleasant. I was home alone, and I had eaten a super tasty vegan meal, no ingredient new to me. Warning: this is a long text, as I will try to put in words my journey of 1.5 years trying to navigate my experience with histamine intolerance. The good news is that you are in for a happy end.
I’ve been asked so many times about my experience with histamine intolerance. But I wasn’t ready to write about it for a long time. Even the thought of it was triggering me. Plus, histamine intolerance is a very confusing topic because no two people agree on one of those things. I didn’t want to add to all the confusion, and I wanted my experience to empower you rather than scare you.
So read on if you want to hear a personal experience about how I handled it. But keep in mind that no two people will experience histamine intolerance the same. I hope that talking about my experience will help you manage the fear and confusion around the sudden weird symptoms.
A little bit of context
The panic attack episode and sudden food reactions episode happened while I lived a healthy lifestyle. I was being lectin-light, gluten-free, sugar-free. You know, all the good stuff. In fact, in the days before this episode, I felt on top of the world. I had a lot of energy, and I felt inspired, creative and productive. But, with hindsight, I now know there was a lot of cortisol involved, and it was more like being overstimulated. I did experience some weird symptoms like tingling in my body and pins and needles sensations on my skin. But I was putting all on stress and overworking.
A scary episode
But, with all that I know now, I think something else was linked to this episode. A few months before that, I experienced something very scary while driving from San Antonio to Dallas, during a rainstorm, on the highway. The weather was so bad that I couldn’t see anything in front or around me for a few seconds. I experienced an episode of impending doom at that moment, and my body went into fight or flight. I was shaking and couldn’t control my hands and feet. Somehow, by the grace of God, I managed, with the help of my husband, who was next to me, to pull over. It took me a few minutes to recover. My husband took over, and I was ok when we arrived home in Dallas.
But I remember thinking: this must have messed up something in my brain. This is another topic that deserves exploration, but I believe some fear pathways in my brain were reactivated.
While I think food has little to do with the root cause of histamine intolerance, especially in my case of having a very clean diet, I need to mention that my diet was very rich in high histamine foods: avocados, spinach, fermented foods, leftover animal protein, canned fish, seafood. While the foods on this list are part of a healthy diet, sometimes there is too much of it, and we don’t balance it out with foods that have anti-histamine properties. I smartly reintroduced most of these foods into my diet, but I don’t eat leftover animal protein anymore.
The thread: confusion and fear
I don’t think the panic attack directly resulted from what I ate, but rather my reaction to feeling some really strange things for the first time in my life, like my throat closing and ears blocking when eating. That episode was followed by sleepless nights, with a racing heart out of nowhere. You can imagine how I felt. All this was happening while on my best behavior.
I was scared and in the dark because I had no idea what was happening. My first thought was to blame it on seasonal allergies, even though it was not something I had much trouble with in the past. When I started searching about seasonal allergies, I read about histamines.
All the information online added to the stress
All the articles online were scary. They said I couldn’t get out of the house for a few months a year, that I had to take steroids, injections, and anti-histamines. I have to wash my hair and clothes immediately after entering my home. Things I couldn’t conceive can be part of everyday life.
All this information added even more to my stress and made me even more fearful of getting outside. Can you see the thread? More than anything, I was scared. Can you imagine how this was messing with my nervous system and amplifying things?
After another panic attack episode (I remember it happened after I ate a mix of roasted nuts I made at home, which never bothered me in the past), we went to an emergency room nearby. I was hyperventilating. At this point, I still thought it was the pollen or something in the air. Again, I was terrified.
The doctor did some basic tests, which were normal. She told me it was stress and anxiety and gave me anti-anxiety medication (things I had never taken in my life before). I fulfilled my prescription but never took one pill. Under pressure from my family, I took some anti-histamines one day, and they didn’t do anything. All this time, I was looking for answers.
What are histamines, anyway?
Histamine is a chemical substance released in inflammatory and allergic responses, as well as regulating physiological functions in the gut and acting as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord, and uterus. White blood cells, called basophils, and mast cells, produce histamine as part of an immune response to foreign pathogens. (WIKIPEDIA)
According to Dr. Becky Campbell:
“While histamine is naturally found in certain foods, it is also a compound that is found in the cells of the body. Histamine is a very important part of the immune system and also plays a role in inflammation in the body. We also need histamine in order to digest food, move our bowels, boost exercise performance, increase attention, and get blood as well as nutrients and oxygen delivered to different parts of the body. With the right amount of histamine, the body is able to perform these functions as it should.
However, the problem occurs when there is too much histamine. When your histamine levels increase, your tolerance decreases. At this point, histamine can cause a wide variety of symptoms, and these symptoms can vary depending on where it is released in the body.”Dr. Becky Campbell
My first aid kit
I like to keep this in mind: histamines are good for us in so many ways, but not if there are too much of them. I don’t remember exactly how and what I discovered first about histamines. Still, after being given the anti-anxiety medication and reading that anxiety can be a symptom of histamine intolerance, I ordered Ali Miller RD’s anti-anxiety bundle (I was already following her on Instagram and knew about her book, The Anti Anxiety Diet).
Even to this day, given the circumstances, I think that was the best decision I made. Somehow, intuitively, I was guided to what I needed. The Relax and Regulate powder, with magnesium bis-glycinate and inositol, helped me sleep and relax in the evenings, which made things so much better (I found out later that histamine issues get aggravated in the evenings, and one of the symptoms is insomnia).
Again, insomnia was so new to me, as in general, I had a good sleep. The Calm and Clear, the other supplement in the bundle, is a complex of B vitamins and adaptogens (which later proved to be what I needed as my doctor gave me some more). I didn’t take much of Gaba Calm (the third supplement in the bundle) because it is made with a fermentation process. And at that point, I started to eliminate everything fermented, including probiotics. (The above links are not affiliated in any way.)
Traveling and lowering stress
I became so fearful of having reactions to food that I was barely eating anything. Thinking that would help my body figure things out and lower inflammation in the process, I decided to do one meal a day fast.
When it was time for us to go on a vacation to San Diego, which was booked in advance, I was so scared of the airport and flight experience. This comes from a person traveling all her adult life and living on four continents. I loved traveling but what I read online about travel and histamine intolerance scared me too much.
I was also stressed about how I will manage to continue eating my clean diet and stay low histamine while living in a hotel. But, my excitement about seeing San Diego and being at the ocean was bigger than the fear. I have fond memories of this trip, and the only negative thing I remember experiencing is the sleepless nights.
Being at the ocean, in a place I loved, had the exact same effect I was hoping for. It grounded me and lowered my stress levels, a massive step in my healing journey.
A funny side note
When I started to experience the histamine intolerance symptoms, I watched Grace and Frankie, which I loved and was based in San Diego. I remember how I managed to put myself to sleep and ease my anxiety at night (those first days I was alone at home) by watching Grace and Frankie on my phone. I know it’s counterintuitive, and I never do that usually (I didn’t even have any technology in my bedroom), but that TV show was soothing to me. It made me laugh and helped me fall asleep. San Diego had a similar impact.
Unexpected (and positive) side effects
A small parathesis: When I started the Plant Paradox lifestyle and a lectin-free diet (August 2017), most of my PMS symptoms resolved. For the first time in my life, I had periods with minimal discomfort. Let’s say I went from a debilitating pain level 10 before the plant paradox to a level 2 after I started. I was feeling a little off when my period came, but it did not interfere with my daily life or require any medication.
To my surprise, after I started the low histamine diet, the first period I got, I had a pain level of zero. I didn’t feel anything at all. That was happening for the first time in my life. Similarly, I had a breakout on my arms that only resolved partially after starting the plant paradox program. But it completely resolved after starting the low histamine diet (resolved to this day, I have smooth upper arms again, after years).
I believe all these positive changes in my health are due to eliminating dairy. It also made sense when my doctor said I might be sensitive to dairy after a genetic test.
Not everything you read online will help you (including this post)
Back to what I was reading online about histamines, was also the fact that people with “histamine intolerance” do not do well with air travel, crowds, noises, heat, cold, pollen, exercise, etc. At this point, I started to fear traveling (which basically is my life).
The reason I want to mention all of this is that these articles online are so scary, and they only feed the fear and stress we are already experiencing. At least they did for me.
Even though I became quite fearful of things that a few weeks prior I considered normal, I was aware of how my nervous system works. I made an extra effort to stay connected to who I was and not define myself by being ‘histamine intolerant’. It was something I experienced, and it was not something I was.
I switched to being grateful and curious about these signals my body gave me.
I was never ‘histamine intolerant’
If you search low histamine foods online, you will find many lists, but no two are the same. That is for a few reasons. One, because no two people experience histamine intolerance the same way. Two, because there is no serious research into this topic, and histamine levels in plants are very hard to measure. And three, because many bloggers make their own lists without stressing how histamine intolerance is experienced differently by each individual.
I disagree with the idea that histamine intolerance is an illness; hence I decided not to label myself that way. I never called myself ‘histamine intolerant’. And interestingly enough, my functional medicine doctor never diagnosed me either. We talked about histamine intolerance and its root causes and worked on fixing the root causes and removing the symptoms. But he never told me: you are ‘histamine intolerant’. That really helped me not to identify with my symptoms, which I think impacted my recovery.
The tests ordered by my doctor revealed some imbalances, toxicities, and some signs of gut dysbiosis. We started to work on that.
If you have to leave this page with only one lesson, this is it
Work with a functional medicine practitioner. All these symptoms are signs that your body is dealing with something and has a hard time. It needs help.
Only by doing extensive blood tests and working with a doctor who understands all that you will find what’s the root cause. A functional medicine practitioner will also look at the emotional and psychological side of it. If she doesn’t, you will have to look into it. It is a huge part of your healing process.
My tests revealed I need some help detoxifying, especially from heavy metals, so we gradually worked on that. After we provided some basic support for my body, we did a one-month liver detox using Quicksilver Scientific BlackBox II.
I had to work on my stress levels, and for that, I used the infrared sauna, exercise, meditation, and self-reflection. Remember I had become fearful of getting outside because I thought the outside air triggered my symptoms? I focused on returning to my natural state: I love nature, and being outside was good for me. Nature is my healer. I overcame that fear, which I am very proud of.
Finding reliable sources of information
Luckily, there are a few out there. Other than all the information I got from my doctor, these are the main sources that helped me: Healing Histamine, Dr. Ben Lynch (his book Dirty Genes and his social media channels), Dr. Becky Campbell, and Dr. Lara Briden.
Firstly, Healing Histamine was a great resource and one of the first I discovered. I loved the journalistic approach to the topic. I also loved that the author was clear that this is not something you will have to live all your life with and that if you do a histamine reset, you will be able to reintroduce histamine-rich foods into your diet again.
She combines anti-histamine foods with foods that are higher in histamine. Hence her approach is not to eliminate everything but rather to combine ingredients smartly (she is the only person I have discovered so far who is taking this approach). I found that empowering.
Inspired to make my own low-histamine recipes
I purchased her Histamine Reset book/plan. While I didn’t use much of her recipes because they were not lectin-light, she inspired me to make my own combinations and create delicious, healthy meals that were both plant paradox compliant and low histamine.
If, by any chance, you think you will be miserable eating a low-histamine diet, I would like to encourage you. From my experience, having this ‘problem’ to fix helped me diversify my diet, discover new foods, and have healthier ways of preparing food, and it was all delicious.
How to clear histamine from your body: A few histamine intolerance supplements to support you
Later I discovered Dr. Ben Lynch and his book Dirty Genes. He is one of the few good doctors out there talking about dealing with histamines. His own company, Seeking Health, is formulating specific supplements for people needing to deal with a histamine overload in their bodies.
Side note: this is important because, in the beginning, many of the supplements we need to support the healing process will trigger symptoms.
I love the Liposomal Vitamin C, specifically formulated for maximum absorption and tolerance, and the Histamine Block, which is an enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO enzyme) that helps break down histamine coming from food and drinks. While a lifesaver, especially in situations when you can’t control the level of histamines in foods, this is not a long-term treatment, just a relief for one single meal.
Histamine Block is a lifesaver, especially in situations when you can’t control the level of histamines in foods. This is not a long-term treatment, just a relief for one single meal. A good supplement for a low histamine diet. You can buy Histamine Block from Seeking Health here.
As I mentioned above, probiotics are a problem when your gut can’t break down histamine. Dr. Lynch formulated one probiotic with only strains of bacteria that can help break down histamines, Probiota Histamax. I couldn’t take it initially, but I started tolerating it after a while. I took it for about one year, and I stopped it again. At the moment I’m writing this, I don’t take any probiotics, but I am planning to reintroduce more fermented foods into my life. (This section contains Seeking Health affiliated links; I became an affiliate after having a good experience with their supplements).
Other than the above specific supplements, the usual ones are very important: magnesium and vitamin D (save up to 40% on vitamin D at my Gundry MD Ambassador Store) and a good B complex.
I also took liposomal glutathione and HistaAid from Quicksilver Scientific for more than a year daily.
Quercetin is a supplement recommended for breaking down histamines, but for me, the only form that worked was the HistaAid from Quicksilver Scientific. All the other forms I tried were triggering me.
HistaAid from Quicksilver Scientific. This fast-acting blend of flavonoids, vitamin C, and DIM is designed to offer support for seasonal sufferers. You can buy HistaAid from Quicksilver Scientific here.
Gut Healing Support
My doctor also gave me a few supplements to support my gut healing. The one that I felt was essential for me during all this time was Biocidin. This formulation was perfect for my gut problems, while the Biocidin LSF helped me with my ear infections. They are natural antibiotics that can help clear up bacterial infections and viruses.
I linked a few of the supplements I took because it’s hard to find good-quality ones in the correct formulation. But it also depends on your own test results and of course what your doctor recommends to you.
Also, you should be careful with supplements in general, as some of them can trigger symptoms. Even when my doctor recommended certain supplements, I could not take them all. We tried different options until we found what worked best in my situation. Find a good doctor and what works for you. (The above paragraphs contain some Amazon affiliated links).
A very important step in clearing histamine from your body is a thorough gut investigation. Find out if you have parasites, fungi, and other harmful bacteria. They can be the root cause of your excess histamine release.
The link between histamines and hormones
Later on, I came across Dr. Becky Campbell and Dr. Lara Briden, who explore the link between hormones and histamine intolerance, specifically in women. It made a lot of sense to me when I realized histamine problems could be related to hormonal changes. I was in my 40s and was slightly estrogen dominant (relative to my progesterone which was low), although not as much as I was before starting the plant paradox.
It’s quite fascinating how Dr. Lara Briden links dairy intolerance with reoccurring childhood tonsillitis with high estrogen, low progesterone, and histamine intolerance episodes in women in their 40s (I felt like she was talking about me). You can check this article to start with: The Curious Link Between Estrogen, Mast Cells, and Histamines and start exploring some of her podcasts. They are fascinating. She is an expert in women’s health, so these resources are primarily for women.
Dr. Becky Campbell, also an expert in women’s health, has a book called The 4 Phase Histamine Reset Plan. I don’t have it myself because she launched it recently, but it could be a good start if you think you need to clear up excess histamines and don’t know what to do first.
It is believed that most of those experiencing a histamine intolerance episode are women in their 40s, so the link between hormones, women’s health, and histamines is an interesting one, and one that can help you figure out the mystery of histamine intolerance and mast cell activation. They also say that histamine intolerance is felt more strongly around menstruation and ovulation, which applies to my experience.
What Dr. Gundry says about histamines
In July 2019, about five months into this journey, I traveled to California to meet Dr. Steven Gundry. I was still quite scared of traveling and on a strict diet, mainly eating once a day. We recorded a podcast and I had the chance to tell Dr. G about my experience and ask some questions, so this podcast has some good information.
I started taking rosmarinic acid – which Dr. G says is a powerful anti-histaminic and incorporated much more rosemary into my diet, and I feel that really helped. Perilla oil is also a good source of rosemarinic acid, but it is very hard to find. The only supplement I found with the content of rosemarinic acid recommended by Dr. G was this one from Solaray.
YOU CAN LISTEN TO (AND WATCH) THE DR. GUNDRY’S PODCAST WITH YOURS TRULY HERE
The foods high in histamine that I gave up
Back to food. At first, I had to give up a lot of things, many of them being my favorite foods: fermented stuff (like sauerkraut, yogurt, coconut aminos, olives), dairy, chocolate, cacao, coffee, teas, nuts, and nut flours, berries, avocado, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, seafood and fish, plantains and green bananas, anything packaged, any leftovers animal protein, dry spices, citrus fruit.
At the time, beans were not part of my diet, but they were also on some high histamine lists; except for the Healing Histamine program, she used lentils and chickpeas quite a lot, but in smart combinations.
While alcohol was not a big part of my lifestyle, I stopped even the occasional glass of red. I had to re-learn how to cook plant paradox compliant when most of the foods I loved to eat were in the high histamine category. I started to explore the neutral foods or those with anti-histamine properties more. Being “creative in my kitchen” helped. Soon I began to enjoy all my new foods and how I was combining them.
While I was going through all this, I was also writing my book – The Living Well Without Lectins Cookbook – and my experience helped me in fact diversify my diet and the recipes in the book. That’s why you will find a few low histamine recipes in my book.
While all the foods I mentioned above were on high histamine lists, not all of them are necessarily triggers for everyone. The thing is, when you don’t know anything, you have to start from somewhere. As my doctor said, I needed to lower my histamine bucket, which meant starting with an elimination diet approach.
I think my elimination of all foods suspected of triggering a histamine reaction lasted for about three to four months, after which I started to experiment with adding a few specific foods back. And even though gradually I experienced different levels of recovery, I was still having symptoms. Sometimes they were even happening with foods considered low in histamine.
I think I started with eggs (first egg yolks and then whites, making sure the whites were fully cooked), green plantains, nuts, and a little chocolate. I remember the first time I had a piece of chocolate, I was in seventh heaven and I didn’t have any particular reaction, which gave me the courage to reintroduce even more. It was all gradual.
For example, only a couple of weeks ago (when I write this), I reintroduced walnuts, which are considered some of the highest histamine nuts.
Dairy is not a part of my diet
At this point, 1.5 years after the first experience with histamine intolerance, the only food I have not reintroduced is dairy, except for a little occasional organic french butter and Italian mascarpone. I don’t plan to make dairy part of my diet again because I feel better without it.
Later Edit: In the meantime, I did try to reintroduce goat and buffalo dairy, but I took a food intolerance test and all dairy is on my NO list, at least for a while. After a complex parasite cleanse and general detox, I only tested positive for intolerance to cow’s milk cow’s dairy.
Cabbage Soup. Simple, Soothing, Low Histamine
In the meantime, I created a 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet Meal Plan (Do It Yourself), which can be helpful if you are thinking of doing a reset. The meals are on the low histamine spectrum; even if some legumes can be considered high histamine, I think they are ok if consumed in moderation and smart combinations.
Eating habits and meal prep changes
My eating habits changed a lot after my experience with histamine intolerance. Now I am a little smarter when combining ingredients and preparing food. For example, I don’t eat any leftover animal protein. If something contains meat I freeze it immediately and only reheat it before eating.
How to prepare animal protein
When I prepare animal protein, I make sure it is super fresh, preferably flash frozen. Thaw it in cold water, rinse it and pat dry it, cook it, preferably with a fast method (no slow cooking) and eat immediately or freeze. I don’t eat ground meat unless I grind it myself with a meat grinder. I don’t eat any processed/aged meats and no seafood or fish unless fresh from the boat (something hard to find unless you live on the coast).
There is the flash-frozen option for fish, and some companies sell that, but you will have to try for yourself. For me, it was pretty clear I didn’t feel well when eating fish.
When it comes to mushrooms, I tried a couple of times and I was ok, but only eating small quantities and never in the evenings when histamine sensitivities are higher.
Freezing stops the histamine triggering bacteria from forming. My favorite ways of freezing food are with Souper Cubes. You can buy the Souper Cubes here.
‘Take out a frozen cube, warm it up in the microwave, on the stove, or bake in the oven. Warm your food up the way that works best for you!‘
If I eat sauerkraut, I make sure it is a small quantity and not very often, like I used to. I fully reintroduced olives and eat chocolate without problems. However, I always make sure I don’t overindulge in anything considered high histamine.
I only had avocado a few times, but I don’t miss it. I’m okay making it just an occasional treat. Also, I used to eat one full avocado a day, and I don’t think this will ever happen again. To me now, one quarter is a size I feel comfortable eating. If you live where avocados are native, like California, Mexico, or Australia, and they are super fresh, you might do better. I have friends with histamine sensitivities eating avocados and they are fine.
Remember, fresh foods are the best when you want to clear excess histamine from your body.
Not two people are the same
I want to stress again that no two people are the same as anything health-related, and you might have specific food intolerances. So my experience is an invitation to explore and listen to your own body. Suppose you would like to see a daily recount of my whole low histamine food journey and the difference between before and after. In that case, you could check my Instagram account – @creativeinmykitchen – where I post almost everything I’m cooking and eating daily.
A powerful natural anti-histamine is the Nigella Sativa seeds (black cumin seeds). I started to use them as seeds and add them to my plates, but also in the form of cold-pressed oil. I take one teaspoon in the mornings and evenings most days. It’s also a great source of plant omegas. From the list of food with anti-histamine properties, these are the ones I use the most: asparagus, arugula, fennel, cooked onions and garlic, cruciferous vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil.
Speaking of personal food intolerances, I discovered down the road (long after I wrote this article) that I have food intolerances to cabbage and nigella sativa oil… I wanted to share this because it is a constant reminder that you have to do your investigations and find out what works for you.
When it comes to lists of high and low histamine foods, this one by Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance is my favorite. And it comes with the following mention regarding histamine metabolism and bio-individuality:
“Not all foods are equally intolerable for all concerned, depending on the individual physical causes of histaminosis. Some respond to liberators stronger than for histamine, and vice versa. We recommend to strictly follow our compatibility list in the first 4-6 weeks. Then start to carefully try out in what quantities you tolerate these “forbidden” foods regarding your individual sensitivity. This prevents you from unnecessary restrictions of your nutritional habits in the long term.”
Water and salt are powerful anti-histamines
And, before I end the food and drinks chapter, I think it is very important to mention something: if you hydrate well, with good water and electrolytes, you are halfway there. Start your day by drinking a lot of water. Add some ancient sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or good electrolytes. Make sure your water is clean, like a good mineral water brand or even better, filtered. We use at home a Berkey water filter. Remember that water and salt are great anti-histamines and are always available.
A long time after my first experience with histamine intolerance, I still had this weird feeling my ears were blocking and my throat was closing, unable to swallow. This happened even when I ate low histamine foods, hinting that it’s not really black and white when it comes to low and high histamine food lists.
Sometimes I had the sensation that I couldn’t get enough air in my lungs and a racing heart, along with anxiety. I had to always clear my throat and felt like most of the foods were mucus-producing. Not as bad as before starting the plant paradox lifestyle, but acid reflux was a symptom of histamine overload.
I was experiencing what felt like irregular heartbeats and now and then sleepless nights, especially during ovulation and before my period. I developed some ear problems, including a nasty ear infection. Sometimes I had stuffed sinuses and a runny nose or a weird itch on the side of my right foot.
But different people experience different symptoms. Besides all the above, migraines and hives seem to be common histamine intolerance symptoms; however, I didn’t experience them. Allergy symptoms are probably the most common. As a health history, it is believed that signs of histamine intolerance are low tolerance of strong smells like perfumes, detergents, gas; motion sickness, reoccurring tonsillitis, and sinus infections (that’s all me before the plant paradox, and I am still very sensitive to smells).
And want to hear something ‘crazy’? I realized scrolling up and down on my social media was triggering me. There are some recent reports that EMFs are histamine triggers. So I cut down on that and filled my time with more meaningful things.
Don’t obsess over food
While diet is essential in overcoming a histamine intolerance episode as I had, that’s only the tip of the iceberg and one thing we can act on quickly and have certain control over.
However, building immune resilience, improving your vagal tone, and building what someone (I don’t remember who) beautifully called anti-fragility is even more important for your recovery.
My purpose is to teach my body to be more resilient and to identify what is truly dangerous and what is not, not to get into the rabbit hole of more and more restrictions every time my nervous system wrongly identifies something as a threat. I will be forever grateful to my training at Integrative Institute for Nutrition (IIN) for teaching me that what we eat is secondary to all the other things that feed us: relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity. Diet is just a secondary source of energy. The overarching rule is: to eat foods that support your health.
I can’t say precisely when and how I progressed towards recovery because everything happened in stages. And sometimes, the lines between these stages were confusing and blurred. But I’m happy to say most of the symptoms above were resolved.
If I push it too much, I feel it, but I know what to expect and deal with it. Sometimes even pausing and taking a deep breath helps. After I became familiar with the dietary aspects of this issue, I started to work on the resilience of my nervous system on my anti-fragility. There are many tools for this, and one of them which helped me a lot is taking daily cold showers. For this, I recommend looking into the Wim Hof Method.
Other things that contributed to my healing process
Keeping a gratitude journal, doing yoga, cultivating meaningful relationships, reducing social media and phone/screen time, spending more time in nature, dancing, cleaning up your space, spending more time doing what you love with the people you love, watching less TV, being kinder to yourself, helping others… these are some other things to be considered that contributed to my healing process, on so many levels.
And one of the books that helped me tremendously to switch from the victim mindset to that of the creator of my own life/health, was Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
Stay positive, help your body recover
Again, different things will work for different people. Stay positive, don’t let fear take over, help your body recover and be grateful for the symptoms you experienced because they were your body signaling something is out of balance and needed to be fixed. It is just a question of time and a little work, but it’s all worth it. You will discover many beautiful things about yourself in the process.
I remember clearly when I searched for information about my symptoms and high histamine levels, and I was desperately looking for a recovery story. I wanted to read how people who write about their experience with histamine intolerance have recovered and wanted to learn from their experience.
But, with the exceptions I mentioned above in Resources, I haven’t found them. That’s why I waited for 1.5 years to write about my experience with histamine intolerance. I wanted to give you my story of recovery. There will always be problems to fix, health is not linear, but I think it is all a journey of discovery on all levels. And no two journeys are the same.
Mine was a complex journey; in fact, it still is, so I imagine some things I wrote about can be confusing to you or you might not relate to. It would be too long if I went into more detail (it’s years of my life, after all).
Recap: How to clear histamine from the body
Since I wrote this article, there has been a lot of new information about histamine intolerance coming to light. The overarching idea is that histamine intolerance is related to toxins overload in the body, including heavy metals, negative inflammation, and gut dysbiosis (parasites, fungi, viruses, H-pylori, excess of histamine-producing bacteria, Klebsiella etc). Even IBS has been related to histamine intolerance.
So, the right approach when working on histamine intolerance is to assist your body in removing all these toxins and reestablishing the balance in your gut. As I edit this article (August 2022), I’ve been working on this for the past five months, and I am reaping the benefits. It’s incredible how the body slowly gets back into balance once the forces that created the unbalance are removed.
You have to be patient, though. When I started, I thought in one month, maximum, I’ll be done. While I did notice amazing improvements straight away, like my deep sleep almost doubling, every time my doctor would do the scanning, he would still find some parasites and inflammation left in my gut. It’s a long-term process, but it’s the deep cleaning we all need.
Here it is a recap of a few important takeaways from my experience:
- MINDSET – Stay positive; histamine intolerance is not a life sentence. It’s just a symptom of an imbalance in the body (most probably in the gut), relatively easy to find and remediate if you work with a functional medicine practitioner. Don;t identify yourself with your diagnosis. You are not ‘histamine intolerant’; your body is in a state of imbalance that creates excess histamine. Once that imbalance is restored, your histamine intolerance symptoms will resolve.
- MANAGE STRESS – Find ways to lower the daily stress in your life; stress is a big trigger of histamine intolerance symptoms.
- LOW-HISTAMINE & CLEAN EATING – Eliminate high histamine foods and drinks for a few weeks, but don’t obsess over all the high histamine food lists. They are not that accurate. Clean, healthy eating is important.
- FOOD INTOLERANCES – A food intolerance and allergens test can help you eliminate some foods that trigger inflammation in your body. Even if they are not high in histamine, these foods can keep your body in an inflamed state and make recovery more difficult. If you can, do a food intolerance test and eliminate the foods you are intolerant to for a few weeks. But, please remember food intolerance are due to gut dysbiosis, so once you eliminate that, you will be able to tolerate those foods again. When I started my treatments, I had over 40 foods I was intolerant to (including all berries, all nuts, cabbage, broccoli, all dairy, etc). After a few months of therapy, only 2 were left (cow’s dairy and hazelnuts).
- TRAUMA – If you know you deal with some post-traumatic stress, find a specialist or a method to help you.
- SLEEP – Find ways to improve your sleep. The Tapping Solution is a great tool to have.
- SUPPLEMENTS – There are a few supplements that can help you when you go through a histamine intolerance crisis. I’ve discussed them in the post above; please see below my latest discoveries.
- GUT CLEANSE – Work with a doctor to treat gut dysbiosis and do a parasite cleanse. The root cause of your histamine intolerance is probably in the gut, in the form of harmful bacteria (like H-pylori), viruses, and parasites.
- LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH – Do something you love every day, spend time with loved ones, in nature, take walks, pray, and meditate.
ROOT Clean Slate – the supplement I’ve been waiting for
Luckily, science and our knowledge of different diseases and symptoms develop daily. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how zeolite can assist the body in removing excess histamine from the gut. You will find one of the most recent studies here.
Clean Slate is a special formulated liquid form of zeolite (silica extracted from clinoptilolite), which will assist your body in removing toxins out of the body and reducing negative inflammation. I’ve been using Clean Slate for a few of months, and it immediately made a difference. The tightness/pressure around my throat and neck when eating disappeared and the amount of deep sleep increased.
You will find more details on the ROOT website. Check out the ROOT Trinity Package, which includes Clean Slate, and the other two amazing formulas I’m taking – Restore and Zero-In that I think have been helping me tremendously in my healing journey.
Questions or comments
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments, and I’ll try to answer to the best of my abilities.
But remember, I only know what I’ve been through, and although I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, which helped me a lot in my journey, I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice.
If you happen to be in Dallas and need help, I wholeheartedly recommend my doctor, David Morcom from Integrative Wellness Rx.
Low histamine diet, cooking, and food preparation
For a more in-depth approach to a low histamine diet, cooking and food preparation, please read my article: The Complete Guide to Cooking Low Histamine Recipes.
*This post contains some affiliated links, which means I get a small commission if you choose to purchase something via one of my links, at no extra cost to you.
Allana PinkertonSeptember 17, 2020 at 6:17 am
This is a very detailed and insightful article. I’m so sorry for your struggles but grateful you are willing to share so much with your readers. Stay well.
ClaudiaSeptember 18, 2020 at 12:34 am
Thank you so much Allana. <3
Keryn ParkesMarch 10, 2021 at 11:34 pm
A very good article but your blog would benefit with a proof reader as the information provided is a little hard to read with spelling mistakes and lack of sentence structure.
ClaudiaMarch 13, 2021 at 6:20 am
You are right Keryn, these articles are quite hard for me to write and hard to proofread. I can’t afford an editor right now but your message gave me the courage to have a look at it again and fix some of the issues. It’s not perfect but for now I think it’s doing its job.
GigiMarch 3, 2022 at 9:18 pm
This helped be immensely. I now have hope. Thank you
ClaudiaMarch 6, 2022 at 2:46 pm
So happy to hear that, Gigi. xx
ChloeMarch 27, 2021 at 12:02 pm
Let’s not discourage people from going out of their way sharing very valuable, not widely recognized medical information under the premise of proofreading, KERYN. Why do you feel entitled to perfect web content? Do you pay a subscription? Lol we should be happy and gratefulthey’re sharing at all. Thank you so much for this article. I am struggling with HIT. Constantly have sleepless nights and heart palps around ovulation too. Starting to find some answers thanks to people sharing like you
ClaudiaMarch 27, 2021 at 2:28 pm
Hi Chloe, thank you so much for the kind message. I had a more recent similar episode and I figured out the new magnesium I was taking at night was one of the problems. Then I started to add pink Himalayan salt to my water, especially in the evening and before sleep, and the problem was solved. Also introduced some mindfulness and breathing techniques. I hope you’ll figure this out soon. xx
ClaudiaAugust 7, 2021 at 3:02 am
Hi Chloe, somehow I just noticed this comment, although it must have been me approving it. Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot and it makes me so happy to know, that even if not perfect, these articles are helpful. I must say that Keryn’s comment made me have a second look at it and I admit it was a little messy and there were many typos. Her comment made me work on it and I think it looks better now. I do hope you are feeling better now. Love and hugs from Denmark <3
LindaJune 11, 2022 at 1:57 am
Don’t be so pathetic she isn’t writing and English essay. She is just trying to help people.
MillieJuly 7, 2022 at 6:24 am
You seem to be a very critical person. You might want to look into that.
Tess RichardsonJune 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm
So helpful. And the food pictures are brilliantly inspiring. Thank you.
ClaudiaJune 13, 2022 at 3:31 am
Thank you so much Tess <3
Kris DeFoerSeptember 21, 2020 at 9:39 am
What a great article, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I hadn’t seen your site or IG before, looking forward to checking everything out!
ClaudiaSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:32 am
Thank you so much Kris xx
Lisa BSeptember 21, 2020 at 3:57 pm
I am so excited that I have found You! Just getting ready to try phase 1 and 2 of plant paradox, and came across your great recipes. I have questioned high histamines for years due to digging deep on info due to my Rosacea. I was excited to try PP but now really excited to try your low histamine recipes.
ClaudiaSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:33 am
Thank you so much Lisa, I hope PP will work for you if you keep it low histamine for a while. Best wishes, C
Dr. Becky CampbellSeptember 28, 2020 at 7:36 pm
Great article, thank you for the mention : ) I hope you are doing well on your journey!
ClaudiaSeptember 29, 2020 at 10:35 am
Thank you so much Dr. Campbell for all your information on histamine and women’s health. It has been very helpful in my journey and I am doing great :). Best wishes, Claudia
AnnOctober 13, 2020 at 2:13 pm
Good article. It sounds very much like Limbic systems issues. Did you ever try Annie Hooper’s DNRS? It has helped many people with food, chemical… sensitivities.
ClaudiaOctober 14, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Hi Ann, yes, I’m familiar with her work and DNRS. although I didn’t work with her program, I did address this issue and it had a big part to play in my healing process.
JaneOctober 18, 2020 at 7:04 pm
Oh, thank you, Ann! I’ve been to so many doctors (whose disbelief has been disheartening at best) to no avail. They send me for ECGs, MRIs, sinus CT’s, sleep studies, allergy testing, blood tests- nothing! Frustrating! From my own research, I’ve started suspecting histamines. Reading your story, which closely resembles my own story, I’m beginning to see the connection. Strangely enough, the symptoms closely resemble autoimmune disease. I’m beginning to wonder if unresolved histamine issues have been a lifelong struggle for me- one that I didn’t realize, and one that has led to disability as it raged on unmitigated. Thank you for your recommendations, too.
ClaudiaOctober 19, 2020 at 4:10 am
Hi Jane, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles and I hope this is just a new beginning for your health journey. All the best wishes. Hugs, Claudia
CelineOctober 29, 2020 at 12:57 am
Wow what an amazing article the best I’ve ever read. My question is I read in the recipes you are using vinegar and I thought it’s no good for histamine. Thank you
ClaudiaOctober 29, 2020 at 9:35 am
Hi Celine, thank you so much. As mentioned in my article, there is no clear line between yes and no lists. But also, my recipes on this website (and in my book) are not necessarily low histamine. They are somehow if they are created after I started to eat low histamine, but no clear line really. I have reintroduced vinegars, moslty ACV and it doesn’t bother me. I even had meals at restaurants with balsamic and i was fine. That’s the thing with exploring your own histamine sensitivities, it’s an individual journey. back to vinegars, you can remove complelty for a few weeks and then test and see how you do with it. After lowering my vinegar intake (I used to like sour foods a lot), I noticed my palate has changed too, and I no longer like food that is sour. I hope this helps. xx C
BeaJanuary 18, 2022 at 11:10 pm
I was diagnosed with Graves Disease last November, and cutting all processed foods out of my diet considerably reduced my symptoms such that my doctor has me go off the meds, but the food triggers continued to my dismay, and now I’ve started seeing a dietician who suggested it might be histamine intolerance. You’re right! The symptoms are so similar that I’m convinced long term untreated HIT caused my Graves Disease.
ClaudiaJanuary 21, 2022 at 3:37 am
Hi Jane, thank you for sharing your story, I hope you figure this out soon xx
JoshuaNovember 29, 2020 at 10:47 am
Hello that was a great read. Thank you for sharing your story. It took me 4 years to realise I have a histamine and lectin problem. (Which was a relief because I was referred to talk therapy and given anti-anxiety meds) I am a 30 year old male and currently on a restricted diet of meat and sweet potato but I’m trying to maintain or gain weight . Could you recommend any possible ingredients for a lectin and histamine-free high calorie smoothie? I am open to trying anything. Thank you.
ClaudiaNovember 29, 2020 at 11:43 am
Hi Joshua, how do you tolerate green bananas? I like to make a protein shake with green banana, full fat coconut milk, nut butter, blueberries, hemp protein powder, maybe some water. Some people add frozen cauliflower rice to smoothies.
JoshuaNovember 29, 2020 at 1:09 pm
I will try green Bananas. Ive got A2 milk and bananas up to now, it’s a start! Il add more if it’s ok. Peanut butter causes me painful cramping so I’m avoiding legumes.
I love coconut milk but last time I had it my mood/energy nosedived when I had it in a cup of tea 🙁 it contained 11% rice so I’m hoping this was the culprit.
Thanks for quick reply.
ClaudiaNovember 30, 2020 at 3:19 am
Hi Joshua, peanut is not a nut, as you mentioned, so I’m reffering to nut butters such as: hazelnut, pecans, blanched almond. I would not use dairy milk for shakes (too much sugar), I’d go for pure coconut milk (go for the canned one not the the one in a box) or hemp milk or a mix of both. You can make hemp milk at home by blending 1/4 cup hemp seeds with 2 cups water. Let us know if you make it and how it works for you. xx
OthmanDecember 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm
This article is a lifesaver!
You have answered all the mystery I suffered from since years back.
Thank you , and May GOD bless you.
ClaudiaDecember 16, 2020 at 12:43 pm
God bless you too! Happy to be of help, I hope you find your vibrant health. <3
Martha CoughlanDecember 23, 2020 at 10:06 am
Thank you for taking the time to share your story. It gives me hope. ❤️
admin-cimkDecember 23, 2020 at 2:35 pm
You have reasons to be hopeful. Things will get better <3
CristaDecember 27, 2020 at 11:38 am
You have no idea how amazingly helpful, reassuring, and calming that your story has been to me. It is a Godsend and I truly appreciate that you took the time and effort to share. I am in the middle of my own health crisis, and this blog post is a huge ray of light. Thank you SO MUCH!!!
ClaudiaDecember 27, 2020 at 2:07 pm
So happy to hear this Crista. It makes it all worth it. <3
VictoriaDecember 31, 2020 at 10:35 am
God bless you, I’m currently living in fear 24/7 pains everywhere , reacting to every food and my doctors don’t know what to do and don’t know about histamine, I’m a 5.6 female who now weighs 47kgs, walking from room to room leaves me gasping for breath, up until a year ago I was walking miles 🙁
ClaudiaJanuary 1, 2021 at 12:39 pm
Hi Victoria, I’m so sorry to hear about your health struggles, I hope you find an answer very soon and the way to recover your health. Please look into the poly-vagal theory among the food investigations. I pray you can find the right people to help and guide you along the way, but also trust your intution and find the answers within you.Don’t forget histamine sensitivies are more like a symptom of something else going on, so getting to the root of that is important. All my love and healing energy <3
KarisJanuary 6, 2021 at 5:57 am
Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of this! I am currently experiencing your exact symptoms every time I eat anything – tight throat, blocked ears, fast heartbeat, panic and GI issues – I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant and worrying as I’m hardly eating now through fear of reactions. Please would you give me the best advise you’re able to from your own experience and any words of comfort if possible as I am terrified x
ClaudiaJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:33 am
Dear Karis, I’m so sorry you have to go through this. My best advice is to talk to your current doctor or / find a functional medicine practitioner who can help you navigate this and support your body to re-balance. My second best advice is to find ways to de-stress. Looking back at my experience now, as I mentioned in my article, I wish I read more calm accounts of this problem. I feel everything sounded so alarmist, and that adds even more to the stress which in fact is the trigger of the symptoms. It might seem a simple thing, but when i was in the middle of it, watching a funny TV show I loved (Grace and Frankie) and coloring (those books for adults) were the immediate stress relivers. Also, my amazing friend who held my hand and listened to me and prayed for and with me. Getting to the beach (in San Diego) and walking bare feet in the sand. Getting out in nature, hug trees, grounding, essential oils. Everything and anything that has that calming effect on you. Remind yourself “This too shall pass” and this is just temporary. Try to stay away from food triggers without obsessing too much, as you said, and that was my experience too, at the beginning everything seems like a trigger. Speak to your doctor to check for parasites. This is a common root cause for histamine reactions. Ask your doctor if Biocidin is ok for pregnancies. That might help. Ask about inositol, magnesium, adaptogens like Tulsi, black seed oil. These should help, but since you are pregnant you have to make sure you are able to take them. Wishing you a easier pregnancy going forward, and sending you positive, healing vibes. Remember this is not permanent and you will work on the root cause and all this will go away. xx
KarisJanuary 8, 2021 at 9:27 am
Thank you so so much for your response <3 I’m finding that doing mindfulness exercises, practising gratitude and meditation are calming my anxiety and repeating positive affirmations throughout the day – I am healthy, I am happy, I am safe! So far I’m only eating meat and vegetables as carbohydrates seem to be an issue. I will ask my doctor about parasites and get the list of items looked at that you’ve recommended. I’m going to stop googling this illness as that is causing anxiety and making it even harder to make food choices as there is so much conflicting advice! I’m recovering from Covid which is what has triggered this response in my body so doctors have put me in bed rest but as soon as I can get out to exercise I definitely will. This too shall pass will be my mantra now until this does indeed pass, thank you so much for your healing vibes, sending them back to you so your recovery may continue xx
ClaudiaJanuary 8, 2021 at 11:21 am
YES!! I am healthy, I am happy, I am safe! I repeated this every night for many many months. Stopping googling is a good idea (although I’m grateful you probably found me this way), but I experienced the stress of reading too much myself, so I know how it feels. All my love Karis, please keep us updated and share a photo with your precious angel when you are ready <3 Oh, I just remebered, check out on YouTube, Healing Heart Chakra Meditation, by LISA A ROMANO. Is such a soothing meditation. It helped me a lot. Also, since we are here, 528Hz Miracle Tone for Positive Transformation and 432Hz Miracle Tone, Raise Positive Vibrations. <3
KarisFebruary 2, 2021 at 3:48 am
Hi Claudia, I hope you’re keeping well! I thought I’d drop by and give you an update now it’s been a few weeks on my low histamine diet. I have stopped having reactions every time I eat (hooray!) as I have now figured out some ‘safe foods’ and I’m working on eliminating environmental triggers now that I have made some headway with food based reactions. I’m trying to find some natural/chemical free personal cleaning products like body wash, shampoo and deodorant etc do you find you react to natural products or am I worrying unnecessarily? I’ve spoken with my doctor about everything and we suspect an internal candida overgrowth however this can’t be treated for another 10 weeks until baby is here! And as far as gut health is concerned he reviewed my medical history and noted some inflammation of my intestines on a procedure I had a few years ago and has agreed to investigate further but again, once baby is here! I feel better now the wheels are in motion and I’m eager to have a healthy happy baby boy and then start a supplement regime and get this resolved. It’s a little frustrating that all I can do in the meantime is keep my histamine levels as low as possible through my diet rather than doing anything proactive to actually resolve it but of course baby comes first! Can I ask if you still ever experience any symptoms of histamine imbalance? Do you feel ‘cured’ or is it something you’re always aware of and taking into consideration when making choices on what to eat or whether to do something? Your blog and your help have been invaluable to be and I am so grateful I found you, thank you again for all your advice and support 💗 xx
ClaudiaFebruary 2, 2021 at 4:00 am
Hi Karis, thank you so much for keeping us updated. I think you did fantastic, this is a great acheievement in such a short time. What I learned from my experience, it takes time, but I’m happy to say at this point in time I’ve introduced almost everything in my diet again. Of course, knowing what I know I make better choices for myself when I choose what foods to combine. But it’s not all about food, I’ve been working on everything else and I feel how improving other areas of my life has a positive impact. So happy you work with your doctor and the infection, makes so much sense. You are getting there and in fact taking it step by step might be a good thing. Work on things you can like meditation, embodiment, movement, listen to relaxing music, things that will be good for both you and the baby. Can’t wait to hear more good news :)). And yes, I would totally recommend to switch to safer cosmetic and household products. Love and hugs, Claudia
KarisMay 22, 2021 at 12:51 pm
Hi Claudia, I hope you’re well! I gave birth to my beautiful, healthy baby boy on the 15th April…he weighed 7 pounds 2oz and we have named him Taylor – he is perfect in every way and gaining weight wonderfully – now 10 pounds and 5 weeks old ❤️ My health is improving fantastically and the histamine reactions have stopped altogether (hooray)! My diet is mainly meat, fruit and vegetables with the occasional treat thrown in but I am having to avoid gluten, dairy and soya as they are causing digestive issues rather than histamine responses. Now that baby is here I can begin a supplement regime and have some medical investigations to hopefully get some more answers and continue to heal so onto the next step of my healing journey now. In the 4 months I have spent researching this topic, I have to say that your blog has been the most relatable, reassuring, informative and helpful resource I have found – I honestly can’t thank you enough for your help and support, I am forever grateful to you – I follow your Instagram account so will send you a picture of baby on there xx
HeidiFebruary 22, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Claudia, I am following a low histamine diet with food allergies and Hashimotos. I was having racing heart episodes with high blood pressure from anxiety. My question is, did you find yourself going through a detox (diarrhea, sorry :() while histamines get released from your system?
ClaudiaFebruary 23, 2021 at 5:22 am
Hi Heidi, the answer is yes. It was bad and took a long time to get back to normal.
Antonette ZurmillerFebruary 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm
Hi Claudia, Thankyou so much for sharing your story! I have been so dizzy, unbalanced, fatigued, stressed, itchy, sneezing, sinus infections, unexplained anxiety, etc for the last year, I have had CT scans, MRI’s, sinus scan, all my vitamin levels tested and everything has come back normal! I just had a blood test this last week to see if I have a DAO deficiency as its the last thing they can think of to test for. I have also had a blood test done for indoor/outdoor allergies and food allergies. in which they found i am allergic to 96 different foods, but before this year i have never been allergic to anything.. So i cant wait to see what the results are. I am hoping it is an easy fix, i started taking a quercetin vitamin to see if that help. Crossing my fingers for some good news!
Antonette ZurmillerFebruary 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Hi Claudia, Thankyou so much for sharing your story! I have been so dizzy, unbalanced, fatigued, stressed, itchy, sneezing, sinus infections, unexplained anxiety, etc for the last year, I have had CT scans, MRI’s, sinus scan, all my vitamin levels tested and everything has come back normal! I just had a blood test this last week to see if I have a DAO deficiency as its the last thing they can think of to test for. I have also had a blood test done for indoor/outdoor allergies and food allergies. in which they found i am allergic to 96 different foods, but before this year i have never been allergic to anything.. So i cant wait to see what the results are. I am hoping it is an easy fix, i started taking a quercetin vitamin to see if that helps. Crossing my fingers for some good news!
ClaudiaFebruary 27, 2021 at 2:24 am
Hi Antonette, I hope you will find the answers. Did you check for leaky gut and gut dysbiosis, anything like infections with bacteria, parasites? Work on retraining your autonomic nervous system at the same time. Look into HistaAid and Biocidin. Check your gluthatione and if too low, work with a doctor on improving your levels. Best of luck, I know you’ll figure it out. xx
Jennifer FeverApril 4, 2021 at 11:04 am
What is the test for DAO deficiency? I work in a lab, and cannot find a test for it.
ClaudiaApril 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm
Hi Jennifer, I’m not sure if there is such a thing (actually I heard you can measure DAO in blood but that is not really helpful). But there are genetic tests that reveal how your DAO gene works. Dirty Gennes by Dr. Ben Lynch can be helpful.
JerielMarch 6, 2021 at 1:47 pm
Wow! Thank you for writing this! I have been on a journey of healing since October 2019, and some days seem like it will never end. Histamine issues are my current battle and it’s disheartening to read so much online about how this condition is permanent. I don’t believe it is! So thank you for your wonderful information- I am going to incorporate it into my plan. Oh, and I love Dr. Joe Dispenza. Just started doing some of his meditations and am seeing a lot of improvements.
ClaudiaMarch 6, 2021 at 2:37 pm
I understand the feeling. The way this is presented online is scary. I’m so grateful to my doctor who never gave me the label and was so cool about everything and confident that working on the root cause will eliminate the symptoms. He somehow passed the vibe on to me and that helped tremendously with my healing process. Now I even think that this journey was necessary for me to work on some issues to the surface so I can work on them. Much love, I hope to hear more good news from you soon. xx
K fawMarch 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm
Thank you for your story. I always remind my self of these Bible verses as well as diet. Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.. and this one Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the Lord, my soul, and never forget any of his benefits: He continues to forgive all your sins, he continues to heal all your diseases.
I’m sure you have helped many people with your story and all the information you have shared. You definitely helped me. Thanks again!!
ClaudiaMarch 16, 2021 at 3:18 am
Hi Katie, this is so beautiful, thank you for sharing. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones”… this was actually quite resonating with me when I went through the worst of it. So happy I could help in any way. xx
AgnesMarch 22, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Thank you so much for writing this- I am currently in the midst of trying to get a diagnosis and strongly suspect HI or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Everything I read on Google is so depressing-it’s literally got me thinking I am going to die, or at the very least, live a miserable life. And you’re right that there aren’t many positive blogs on this topic, so I was very happy to find yours.
Wishing you great health!
ClaudiaMarch 27, 2021 at 2:29 pm
Hi Agnes, I’m sorry to hear you are struggling, but I know you’ll find your way back to vibrant health. Hugs, C.
AlexApril 14, 2021 at 3:48 am
Thank you for this article, very helpful! Most of the stuff I have found on the internet about histamine diets says that 2 to 4 weeks of eliminating rich histamine foods should be enough to free yourself from all these symptoms. However you say that it took you 1,5 years and you are still careful about certain things. Does this differ from person to person or do I need to avoid histamine for a few years to completely heal myself?
ClaudiaApril 17, 2021 at 5:40 am
Hi Alex, it certainly differs from person to person, also depends on what the root cause of your histamine intolerance is. And you are right if you caught it on time 4 weeks should be enough to empty the bucket. To be honest, I was scared to add things back, that’s one of the reasons it took me so long. xx
MalloryApril 26, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Thank you for this! Funny just tonight after doing an amazing Wim Hof breathing technique and a Dr. Joe Dispenza Meditation, I stumbled upon this post! Recently i’ve been telling myself i’m doing way too much screen time to figure out my histamine/dietary problems and that I need to tone it down, which you have reinforced here! I can’t thank you enough for sharing you experience and giving me some good hope that I won’t be so bad in the future! Another tip for some might be celery juice. But everyones different! Here’s to healing Histamine! <3
ClaudiaApril 27, 2021 at 8:15 am
Hi Mallory! Beautiful coincidence, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Now that I have even more perspective, I couldn’t agree more with you. Less screen time and more time in nature, also trust your intuition and all this knowledge you get from the higher source. I’m more and more into working on my vagus tone, which you do with Wim Hof breathing technique and JD’s meditation. xx
AliciaJune 1, 2021 at 2:49 am
Thank you Claudia for sharing your story which I will share with my sister who has discovered histamines were at the root cause of her allergic reaction to the Pfizer jab and is just started this journey.
ClaudiaJune 2, 2021 at 1:48 am
My pleasure Alicia! I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. Wishing her all the best <3
TonyJune 2, 2021 at 4:12 am
Thank you to provide such a useful information regarding histamine intolerance and its cure. Getting rich food regularly will surely ressolve this issue. I will start following diet. Thank you again
S. SmithJune 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm
Trul y amazing that my history is much like yours. My troubles started with a mold allergy, turned into chemical sensitivity and chronic fatigue. I also had a major panic attack (which may be linked to too much coffee, high in caffeine AND histamine. My periods were also problematic. I was eating buckets of homemade yogurt, which probably made me much worse, and I felt like I was walking under water. Probably histamine in the brain, made worse by MTHFR mutation. Now I find out chocolate, tomatoes and avocadoes are bad for me. I did recover then, but have been having issues since moving from Dallas to Tennessee, where it is now wet and cold. Anyhow, thanks for your input – .I’m going to try the low histamine diet. Removing dairy help me too. Casein sensitivity.
KatieSeptember 11, 2021 at 12:14 am
This was so helpful! When you couldn’t tolerate the low histamine probiotic initially, what was your experience? I recently started a low histamine probiotic and I’m reacting to it. It’s causing headaches, body aches, runny nose, irritability, etc. Did you notice a bit of a “detox” period when you started it? Thanks for any help!!
ClaudiaSeptember 11, 2021 at 1:38 pm
Hi Katie, I’m still not doing probiotics. I took the Probiota Histamin X for a while, but I still didn’t feel like I want to continue. I feel I’m ok without. Eating a lot of prebiotics and keeping the lifestyle as healthy as possible. At the time I reacted to probiotics I was reacting to almost everything, so not even sure anymore what was a problem and what not. I hope you find what works for you. Hugs, C.
Barry HuffmanSeptember 13, 2021 at 11:16 am
Wow I have been chasing root cause of exactly what you experienced with excessive mucus, rapid heartbeat, loss of sleep, I am waking up at 2-3 AM in the morning with congested nostril and stop breathing, very scary. I have visited Traditional ENT, Gastro, Allergy and My Adult Medicine doc. Not one ever mentioned the word Histamine or DAO levels. For me I went all in on a Whole Food Plant Based diet. After 6 months in my sinus and itch skin issues come up. I did eat some fish Salmon and Sardines but no other Animal Protein. I do not have a Functional Medicine Dr but there is enough info out there (like yours) that wlll help with Histamine issues. I have IBS and possibly SIBO so FODMED diet and getting gut reset will be part of my recovery. Traditional medicine is expensive and not the best for these type issues.
ClaudiaSeptember 14, 2021 at 4:02 am
Hi Barry, I’m so sorry you had to go through this. I wish you all the best and hope things will get better for you very soon. One thing that I realized recently. I know I mentioned the importance of water and hydration, but I never followed my own advice properly. I thought I had enough water but I think I was dehydrated for two years… I recently doubled my intake of water (with some salt/electrolytes) added to it and it makes a huge difference. Symptoms I had for a long time in the ENT area disappeared overnight. Try, this is such an easy change to implement. xx
mohammadreza fathollam maghsoudiSeptember 20, 2021 at 4:06 am
Hello, I hope you are doing very well. thank you very much for your article. I have found it very fruitful I do exercise every day except weekends and i am living in Iran. I have used way protein for two years and stopped it since 6 months ago. I have experienced worse insomnia and anxiety and panic. I test my ige level and its around 1500. I have said all my doctor because of the high histamine I am sick. but unfortunately they didnt accept it and prescribe some antihistamine, after a while my situation was worse because as you know, the second generation of antihistamin cause insomnia and anxiety, I will do appreciate tell me what should I do, especially for my sleep.Thank you very much in advance
ClaudiaSeptember 21, 2021 at 7:22 am
Hi, I’m so sorry you have to go through all this. Just remember it is temporary. Try to implement some of the ideas in this article. Everyone is different and causes of our problems are different, so you have to find the root cause and treat it (ideally with a help of a professional). Take it slowly, see what you can do to improve sleep, as that is important for recovery. Stress is a big problem, so work on that too. Slow down, do breathing exercises, walk in nature. Try to reset with a low histamine diet (temporary) but don’t obsess over food, as we tend to react to everything in these stages. Best health wishes xx
BellaFebruary 5, 2022 at 6:21 pm
I’ve been going through what you are experiencing, if possible stop exercising. Exercise releases histamine, and histamine releases adrenaline. Like Claudia said go on a low histamine diet and read the books she recommended.
mohammadreza fathollam maghsoudiSeptember 23, 2021 at 12:53 am
Thank you very much for your prompt reply and I do believe that, I will defeat this situation and will share my experience here with all of you
JessicaSeptember 23, 2021 at 9:56 am
In this article you mention taking Biocidin LSF for your ear problems. What ear issues were you having?
ClaudiaSeptember 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm
Hi Jessica, it was ear pressure, ear infection (both ears), itching, blocked ears, all kinds of weird stuff.
MiraOctober 8, 2021 at 10:09 am
First of all thank you for all the valuable info and revenues you put out there, I intend to get your book this weekend:)
I went plant paradox 3 months ago ( I have vitiligo ) one month in I started to develop rashes around my eyes , I’m allergic to shrimps and these rashes only ever happened to me from shrimps or using retin a .
I’ve been asking my self if going plant paradox plated a roll in becoming so vulnerable .
What are you thoughts?
ClaudiaOctober 9, 2021 at 5:24 am
Hi Mira, thank you for your kind words. I don’t think removing the No foods can make you vulnerable, it’s rather something you eat now that you didn’t have before. Maybe some supplement you take? Lectin Shield is made with crustaceans. Try to find the thing that is new now and maybe investigate further with the help of a functional doctor to find out what is the root cause of your problems. xx
Health Coach AnnaOctober 9, 2021 at 1:40 am
Wow…so exciting to hear your story. So similar to mine but I haven’t removed the lectins yet. I find histadine in protein too much to handle but need it to build muscle. So hoping to build tolerance. I hate cooking and really need the right meal plan that incorporates everything I’m looking for. I too studied at IIN. Do you have any private social media groups?
ClaudiaOctober 9, 2021 at 5:27 am
Hi Anna, thank you for getting in touch. You are right, building resilience is the best strategy. I personally believe that half the work is done in the mind. I only have a closed Facegroup Group, it’s called Creative in My Kitchen.
Bethany LoweryOctober 22, 2021 at 3:23 pm
Hi Claudia! What a wonderful article! I love how you provided so much information to help others and your positive attitude is so helpful and refreshing. Thank you!
Question: How do you cook your chicken? And when you freeze it, how do you reheat it?
ClaudiaOctober 24, 2021 at 1:03 am
Hi Bethany, thank you so much for the kind words. Have you seen the other article about low histamine cooking? That may be answering your question. It really depends on the chicken. I know that’s not recommended in general, but I do wash the chicken and pat dry it, making sure I don’t splash that water everywhere. In general I’m very careful with cross-contamination when it comes to chicken. Cooking depends on the dish I want to make. Sometimes in a skillet, sometimes in the oven, sometimes in the pressure cooker. Here in Romania we have real chicken, raised in private farms, those are pretty big and not as tender as the store-bought ones. Plus, we get more at once so we have to freeze them. I like to cook them with a pressure cooker, sometimes even directly from the freezer. When I cook more chicken like this, I shred it and freeze it immediately. Then add it to dishes in a skillet (directly frozen) or in the oven. Or in soups. I’ve even started to marinate chicken sometimes, for a couple of hours, and it’s ok for me. I hope this answers your question.
CarolynOctober 29, 2021 at 9:00 am
Hello Claudia, I only wish I had found your article several months ago! After seeing my PCP, 3 ENT’s and 2 Allergist, I finally got fed up and was determined to find out what was going on with me. Every dr wanted to treat me for Silent Acid Reflux (LPR) and would not listen to me explaining my symptoms. I had 3 ER trips and 4 Urgent Care trips because of the breathing issues. I have lost countless hour of sleep, and lost well over 20 lbs dealing with my issues. I slept upright in a recliner for 4 months. I like you had been searching for someone else that had dealt with these issues and what their course of action was. I was given a ton of prescriptions, but nothing was helping. I finally said enough is enough and stumbled across histamine intolerance, which I had a NP test me for. Sure enough I showed no food allergies but histamine was high.. My questions are did you have issues with your hair falling out, if so what did you do for that to help and also did you have to take antihistamines for the mucus? My labs revealed Vitamin D deficiency which has since gotten much better with taking a high dose of Vitamin D3 for weeks. I am much better than I was but I still have to take food enzymes or histamine block when I eat and I would love to be over that. I have lived with high anxiety because of having to watch what I eat or thinking something will affect me. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it sounds like you have helped so many others that are dealing with the same issues. I only wish more drs would take the time to learn about histamine intolerance and not lead their patients on a goose hunt. The breathing issues are very scary and I have had people look at me like I was a crazy person but the issues are real!
ClaudiaOctober 31, 2021 at 3:37 am
Hi Carolyn, I am really sorry to hear you had to go through all this. I know firsthand how scary and life-altering can be. Regarding your questions. Yes, I did have problems with hair falling out, but I don’t think that was caused by histamine, rather by the fact that I was eating very little (I also lost a lot of weight and honestly I think I was malnourished at the point when I was trying to avoid everything). So, I think the hair was falling out when I didn’t give my body all the nutrients it needed. I still have seasonal episodes but I realized it is seasonal and I think also normal. Regarding the reactions to food, I would rather work with my nervous system, as from my experience so far and everything I’ve been studied, my conclusion is that we need to rewire our nervous system to get out of that negative loop with regards to food. There are many ways to do that, find whatever method works better for you. The stress related to food is 90% of the problem. There can also be other health issues that can cause histamine reactions, like parasites, viruses, heavy metals, mold. Stress is huge, doing trauma work is really important. I never took antihistamines. My mucus disappeared when I gave up dairy (but I guess the fact that I was working on my gut health and did a heavy metal detox had an impact too). At the moment I’m continuously working on my nervous system, stress response, and I don’t focus too much on food. I am still following a lectin-light diet as that helped me resolve many health problems, but I don’t want to stress too much about high-histamine foods. However, I know the basics now and I will never mix 2 or 3 high histamine foods in one meal, or keep the high histamine foods for breakfast, instead of dinner. I rarely eat leftovers. No more canned fish. Alcohol is a no-no for me. I hoped it helped a little bit. You can always come back if you have more questions. xx
AbiNovember 1, 2021 at 5:26 am
A very interesting read, thank you for sharing. The only reaction I get has been anxiety and heart palpations. I have had anxiety for 15 years and my Mum who is a Kineselogist, has histamine intolerance and she reacts with Migraines. She has diagnosed me with histamine intolerance too through her testing. I bave noticed a reduction in anxiety since eating a low histamine diet, however I am still getting some anxiety but now in relation to food and drink! Any tips on how to overcome this, I am scared to eat anything that’s not low histamine 🙁 when I have eaten something new I have given myself terrible anxiety worrying, its a self fulfilling prophecy :(. Thanks
ClaudiaNovember 2, 2021 at 2:44 am
Hi Abi, thank you for sharing your story. I think you have your answer on how to possibly fix this. It is a negative loop in your nervous system that gets reinforced and stronger every time you get anxious about what you eat. The only way to get out of this loop is to change those patterns. Find a method that best suits you: meditation, DNRS, Wim Hof method, Dr. Joe Dispenza’s methods etc, Yoga… or a mix of all. Also, try a gratitude practice every time before you eat and after. Those negative patterns related to the eating time need to be transformed into positive ones. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Your life will improve in all possible ways. xx
AerynNovember 23, 2021 at 8:34 am
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience. I’ve recently started a low-histamine diet (about 2 weeks ago) and it seemed to be helping at first but now some symptoms are worse. Wondering if it’s possible that I’m detoxing and symptoms will get worse before they get better. Did you experience this?
ClaudiaNovember 23, 2021 at 10:51 am
Hi Aeryn, it took me a really long time with all kinds of symptoms, even when I ate a low histamine diet (that’s why I think that being very strict with food for a long time is the solution). So I think you should be patient, histamine intolerance has a root cause, many times in the gut, and that root cause takes time to heal. Just don’t get scared of symptoms, is the fear loop that makes things worse. It will get better. If you feel like sharing, what kind of symptoms got worse?
AerynNovember 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm
Thank you so much for the reply and encouragement. My worsened symptoms are itchiness (all over, but no hives), headaches, and throat tightening. My ears also get clogged and make it difficult to breathe, which I didn’t realize was related to histamine intolerance until I read your article! Other symptoms though, like reflux, have gotten better with the low histamine diet.
ClaudiaNovember 26, 2021 at 5:29 am
Hi Aeryn, thank you for sharing. All these are so puzzling to me too because they also happen when I eat low histamine and so randomly. In my experience, lowering stress helps, and if I have to bet on something that makes things better, for me would be Biocidin and Black Seed Oil. xx
BeckyNovember 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I am at the beginning taking in all the information possible. I like your approach and sharing it definetly had helped my mindset.
ClaudiaNovember 30, 2021 at 1:50 am
Hi Becky, so happy my experience can be of help, especially with the mindset. Hugs, Claudia
Normand JasminJanuary 5, 2022 at 4:14 pm
Most probiotics have histamine but you can buy probiotic antihistamine from Canada. CanPrev has a Pro-Biotik 15 B which has 4 probiotics anthihistamine and one Neutral. I have been using it for over three years. I am very satisfied. Norm
ClaudiaJanuary 6, 2022 at 3:46 am
Thanks Norm, I’m sure this will help people from Canada who are looking for a histamine-friendly probiotic. xx
Wendy KennedyJanuary 10, 2022 at 3:39 am
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am so thankful
ClaudiaJanuary 10, 2022 at 5:09 am
With pleasure, Wendy. I hope it helps xx
BobbiFebruary 4, 2022 at 10:47 am
Thank you. I was diagnosed today. So naturally, I went on the internet and panicked. In my country, some of the foods recommended are not frequently available or crazy expensive, so I’m a bit nervous about that… But you have such an positive outlook on the whole situation it makes me feel like I can manage even with ‘normal’ foods. So, thanks a lot.
ClaudiaFebruary 6, 2022 at 10:31 am
Hi Bobbi, you can certainly manage. All the best <3
HollyMarch 1, 2022 at 3:53 pm
Hello, I was wondering what brand of supplement for parasites you took. Did it make you sick? Thank you!
ClaudiaMarch 3, 2022 at 1:19 am
Hi Holly, at the time I didn’t do a parasite cleanse. I am starting one soon though and have a personalized treatment for the specific parasites I have, that involves more than supplements, so I don’t think is relevant to share a name. But any detox and cleanse can possibly come with some side effects.
HollyMarch 8, 2022 at 6:26 pm
Thank you! Is there a calcium supplement that you know of that is low histamine?
ClaudiaMarch 10, 2022 at 3:54 am
Hi Holly, I am not familiar with calcium supplements.
Roberto NunezMarch 13, 2022 at 10:22 pm
How are you! I’m 24 and have been dealing with what I’m positive now is histamine intolerance for 3 years now. I honestly thought my life was over. But I didn’t stop digging. Heat triggers me so bad. Exercise triggers me anything that increases my heart rate. I get extremely dry scalp and skin randomly during the day and experience crawling/needle stabbing/electric shock sensations. If been tested so much and come back normal. They thought it could be neurological but it’s not.
ClaudiaMarch 14, 2022 at 11:30 am
Hi Roberto, I’m so glad you found hope. I hope in a few months you’ll write back with good news <3
BrookMarch 21, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Great article! I am so glad I found your webpage! After having issues for several months that fit the bill for histamine and lectin issues I read plant paradox. Unfortunately in the meantime I have been diagnosed with Alpha-Gal and I am highly reactive to dairy. So my food choices have been severely slashed! I started PP today and immediately had issues with the green smoothie, which I suspect was due to the avocado and spinach. This is a learning curve and I feel like a private investigator! 🙂 Anyway, your blog and recipes give me a good starting point in my journey for good health. Thank you! (sorry for rambling)
ClaudiaMarch 22, 2022 at 8:15 am
Hi Brook, thank you so much for getting in touch. I love the private investigator analogy, that’s exactly how I feel. My curiosity makes this journey a pleasant one. I’m so happy and honored to be part of your health journey. I’m on and off with dairy too. I gave it up for two years, then reintroduced some, but a food intolerance test re-confirmed I have an intolerance to all dairy, including goat, buffalo, and sheep. But working on fixing some gut issues and hopefully, I’ll be able to reintroduce a bite of cheese here and there :)). xx
DianaMarch 30, 2022 at 1:49 am
Thank you for being willing to share your insightful story!
ClaudiaMarch 31, 2022 at 5:11 am
SarahApril 7, 2022 at 3:09 pm
Wow, this puts into words exactly how I’ve been feeling for 3 years now. Racing heart in the middle of the night, weird reactions to food, panic attacks, and a general feeling of being “revved up.” I, too, have gone to my PCP for numerous tests. All normal. I cannot thank you enough for giving me hope when I thought all was lost! I cried myself to sleep last night, wondering when the suffering will end. Well wishes to anyone struggling, you are not alone. ❤️
ClaudiaApril 8, 2022 at 4:53 am
Dear Sarah, I’m not happy you had to go through all this, but I’m happy you found hope in my story. Healing is a journey, but I promise you, if you investigate, stay hopeful, loving towards yourself, and curious you will find your way out of this. Love and hugs, to you and everyone who struggles. Claudia
SusanApril 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm
Dear Claudia, at the risk of exposing myself as someone who is slow to catch on 😳 I am admitting to you I think I’ve been dealing with this all of my life in one way or another! But life gets in the way……However in the last 7 years I have been coping with a breast cancer diagnosis, multiple surgeries and 5 years of endocrine therapy which I now believe pushed me over the edge. My poor body, who was used to dealing with pretty much anything I threw at her, said enough! When I read your post this morning and compared notes it confirmed what I have been suspicious of but was missing that final puzzle piece. My symptoms are almost identical to yours, bar the heart palps. I have been to several allopathic doctors, too many to count, three functional and one nutritionist. Sadly none were ever able to give me that aha moment. But the culmination of years of tidbits of information from each plus research and trial and error has brought me to the realization I have a histamine problem, and probably have had for years and years. Now how to fix it hahahaha, I laugh out of shear relief. Finally the nail has most definitely been thwacked on the head. Thank you! I have followed you on Instagram and will definitely keep tabs on your website.
P.S. No typo or syntax error could ever hide the wonderful humanism in your post. I loved it!
ClaudiaApril 16, 2022 at 4:35 am
Hi Susan, thank you so much for sharing your story. Despite all the health issues you went through, you made me smile. Relief is such a good feeling, right? I too feel I had histamine problems all my life. I was always the kid throwing up when in a car, had heartburn since forever, reoccurring tonsilitis, not standing strong smells, all my period pain… Well, like with everything, we live and learn. I wish the medical field would make it a little easier for us, so we don’t have to suffer unnecessarily. I’m hopeful that one day this will happen. Hugs and love, Claudia
KimJune 12, 2022 at 11:07 pm
Thank you for this well written article. I myself started working with a functional medicine specialist a little over 2 months ago. I have very bad eczema on my hands (I react quickly after eating – hands get bright red in spots and very itchy), facial flushing at times and sometimes get hives on my neck and chest.
I thought I was reacting to soap, but my doctor mentioned Histamine issues. I’ve been on a low histamine diet for two months now and I still react daily. I react to many of the supplements I have been given too. I know you mentioned you reacted to some of your supplements at first two.
My question to you is did you continue to react even after taking the histamine blocker supplement and when did you start reacting less? As is, I’m down to about 8 foods (olive oil, fresh thyme, cooked from frozen beef or chicken, oats, blueberries, sweet potatoes and broccoli) and I still react 🙁 I’m not sure what else I can eliminate without becoming badly nutrient deficient. I had allergy testing and I have a large list of foods that I can’t have including asparagus, egg yolks, soy, almonds, etc. As is, I’m not getting all my daily values. I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I’m glad you found a way to heal.
ClaudiaJune 13, 2022 at 3:44 am
Hi Kim, let me first say that yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I think in your case elimination doesn’t do much, if you still react even to the foods you are left to eat. So I would say expand your diet to include more foods, keeping it low histamine and removing the ones you were tested to be sensitive to (were those true allergies or just intolerances / sensitivities?) Food intolerance tests are tricky. They don’t really tell you that you will never be able to eat that food, they only tell you that your gut is in such a bad shape, that it can’t tolerate anything. So start with healing the gut. Did you you check for parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, mold? There has to be something in your gut that needs to be cleaned. I’ve been doing a parasite cleanse (and more than that) in the past 4 months, and I can tell you, for the first time in 4 years I feel like I’m getting back to being myself. When I started working with this clinic, I had about 50 food intolerances, all dairy, all nuts, all berries, cabbage, so many things I was actually eating. When we checked again 2 weeks ago, I only had left cow dairy, hazelnuts and peanuts. I also reintroduced high histamine foods. Of course, I’m careful to not overdo it, but I don’t sweat it that much anymore. I also worked a lot on my vagus nerve tone and on my nervous system resilience. I have a few ideas of supplements I could recommend you (you can get them crossed checked with you doctor), if you want write me on email@example.com – I’m positive that if you work on cleaning your gut, you will be fine. It takes some time and work, but it’s worth it. Love and hugs, Claudia
Marilyn McAdamsJuly 8, 2022 at 11:21 pm
I’m glad I found this article. I think I may be dealing with this problem as well. Only I have nausea with it. Anyone else experienced that with this histamine problem? I do have a good doctor who is not in favor of drugs. He’s got me on Magnesium Glycinate and vitamin C and calcium.
ClaudiaJuly 9, 2022 at 5:12 am
Hi Marilyn, you can ask your doctor to check for h-pylori and parasites, that’s one of the common causes of nausea and can also be the root cause of your histamine problems. I’m so happy you found a supportive doctor, you are halfway there!
Julia DurningJuly 26, 2022 at 12:13 pm
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experiences. I was cold turkey’d off xanax in 2016 and went into a severe withdrawal and did not know that is what it was. I was reinstated on the drug 9 months later and started to get better. I had severe histamine issues and became allergic to smells, some food and was very sick. Also I had and have now the EMF radiation and had to wear masks while watching TV and while on the computer and could not use my cell phone close to my face. After being back on the drug for over 2 years, started having stroke and heart attack symptoms. I found a site on the internet for people coming off of benzos and realized then that what I had experienced in 2016 was benzo withdrawal and I started to taper the xanax. I was on 4 mg a day when I started the taper after 3 1/2 years of hell, I am now at .178 mg a day of this drug. About 5 months ago, I started having reactions to most all food. I figured out by researching and through this benzo website, that I am dealing with histamine intolerance again! Not only to smells but to most all foods. It is now causing panic attacks and a lot of other uncomfortable symptoms. My doctor wants me to take claritin and pepcid to help with the histamine. I am very sensitive to meds now but am able to take a low dose of claritin and will start a low dose of the pepcid tomorrow. My CNS is sensitive too because of being exposed to chemicals in 2007.
This is such a hard life to live, and I have tried to limit what I eat, and it is hard. Each time I make a cut of the xanax, more symptoms and the histamine issues get worse. The EMF issues are back as well, and I wear a mask when I am watching TV and while on the computer. Thank you for letting me know I am not crazy!!!
I appreciate that you posted all of this and to let me know that there is hope. I need that right now more than ever before.
I am hoping my issues will resolve once I am off this drug and that is going to take a few more months. I am not looking forward to having to endure this for months to come. I cannot take supplements due to sensitivity!
Thank you again!
ClaudiaJuly 27, 2022 at 3:54 am
Dear Julia, thank you so much for sharing your story. I think you are on the right path; hang in there. Remember, you (and your nervous system) are craving for safety; that’s why it identifies all these triggers as potentially dangerous (but they are not). I’m not sure if you are aware of Kelly Brogan’s book, Own Your Self; maybe that will resonate with you. Also, anything with building resilience and retraining your nervous system to feel safe again is key. I just saw a post yesterday by Dave Asprey, and he recommended low doses of Claritin and Pepcid for 5 months for post-covid inflammatory symptoms. I can imagine that’s something that will help you. Please feel free to get in touch anytime, if you need anything. Hugs and love, Claudia
JuliaJuly 27, 2022 at 11:44 am
Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate it so much! Yes, my nervous system wants and needs safety. I was not aware of the book Own Your Self but just looked it up and ordered it! Thank you for that! Also thank you for telling me about Dave Asprey recommending low doses of claritin and pepcid. I am taking 5 mg of claritin and am going to start with 5 mg of pepcid today hoping that it helps. From what I have read the pepcid is supposed to help with the histamine. I have been so sensitive to meds that I have been holding off taking the pepcid but am going to try it anyway! I even tried a Vit C supplement a couple months ago and had a reaction! It is crazy!
I am also on omeprazole and have to wean off that now as well as the manufacture I have been getting this from no longer makes it and I am too sensitive to other brands to try another brand. Tried that and had a reaction. Also, the omeprazole interacts with the xanax so that has been a problem too. Was put on this for gastritis when I had h pylori 5 years ago, another drug that I should have been taken off of that I now have to deal with.
I just have to keep working to get off the benzo and deal with the awful withdrawal including histamine and hopefully heal and get better!
Thank you again! Take care! You are an inspiration!
Hugs and love to you as well!
ClaudiaJuly 28, 2022 at 3:22 am
Hi Julia, please write me an email, and I’ll reply. I have a recommendation for you, but it’s easier to explain in an email. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org <3
JuliaJuly 30, 2022 at 5:08 pm
Hi Caludia, I have sent you an email! Thanks!!
ElenaOctober 8, 2022 at 4:50 am
Just read your post after 1 year of anxiety, insomnia, tachycardia and weird sinus and year infections.
Only 3 weeks ago I managed to link my symptoms with food, because usually my reactions were delayed. But I was in vacation and after eating shrimps with feta cheese and tomatoes I had a severe tachycardia, couldn’t breath and I was extremely fatigued ( no surprise as that are all very high histamine 🤦♀️)
Next day I searched the internet for a possible answer to this weird symptoms and realized that all these horrible year I was struggling with histamine intolerance. Already 2 weeks on a low histamine diet and I already see an improvement.
I was blown away by the fact that the food I have been eating caused me this… I have seen many doctors this year and all were telling me that is only in my head and I should take antidepressants (which I refused)
You mentioned in one article that you are in Romania, so am I 😊
Could you recommend a practitioner that can help me navigate this? I did a DAO test, still waiting for results, but it is hard to know what to do to find the root cause.
Thank you for this article!!!
ClaudiaOctober 8, 2022 at 6:07 am
Hi Elena, I’m happy you finally found something that gives you some relief. Yes, histamine reactions are just the tip of the iceberg; there is usually an underlying cause or multiple causes, from stress, and unprocessed trauma, to gut dysbiosis, heavy metals toxicity, mold exposure, untreated parasites, etc. In Romania, I wholeheartedly recommend Transilvania Healing Center in Cluj. I think is the only place where they’ll look at you holistically, and they’ll treat you accordingly. It’s non-invasive and reassuring. Also, if, in the meantime, you are looking for something to further release your symptoms and start working on some of the causes, try the Trinity Pack from ROOT (linked in the article). Can’t wait to hear back from you when you’ve made even more progress. It’s a journey but there is light at the end of the tunnel :). Hugs, Claudia
ElenaOctober 17, 2022 at 8:53 am
Claudia, thank you so much for you answer and recommendations 🤗
ClaudiaOctober 18, 2022 at 9:57 am
My pleasure <3
StacyNovember 11, 2022 at 8:40 am
So happy I found this. I’m in the middle of my elimination diet and healing my gut. My question is this, did you have any side effects during your elimination? I’m working with a functional health Dr and have done ALL the tests and she said I probably have a cold and to test for covid (negative) and I know this isn’t a cold. Constant running nose, congestion, cough, clear mucus, itchy, gross eyes. It seems like my allergies are in overdrive (which I already have a lot of).
ClaudiaNovember 14, 2022 at 4:02 am
Hi Stacy, my healing process was long, and I had symptoms for a long time, but I would not say they wore worse. If you eliminate high histamine foods and the allergy-like symptoms get worse, there might be another trigger. Are you taking any supplements to help you with allergies?
JeanDecember 22, 2022 at 5:38 pm
Hi Claudia, a great read thank you. I’m in a similar position to your journey.
Two brief questions for you:
1. Do you happen to have more info or a reference about how it links with dairy intolerance and childhood tonsillitis? I’m curious, it seems so accurate, but odd. Lol.
2. Did it effect your gallbladder and liver too? I’m not sure if cause and effect on this one.
Happy holidays. May you have a healthy, happy and wealthy new year 🙂
ClaudiaDecember 23, 2022 at 6:47 am
Hi Jean, thank you for the kind words! Regarding your first question, it was in a podcast with Dr. Lara Briden I heard this information. She was talking about women’s health and was making the connection between hormones, childhood tonsillitis, and histamine intolerance / MAST cell activation. But I don’t have other sources. For me it was so poignant because she was basically describing my childhood. I think histamines do affect the entire system, and I did have to get some liver support, but I think is more complex than that. I think the histamine problems come when your liver is already overloaded with toxins. Luckily I did not have gallbladder problems. Happy holidays to you too, and a wonderful new year! Claudia
HollyJanuary 13, 2023 at 4:47 pm
Did the Root Clean Slate make you feel worse for awhile or cause detox symptoms? Did you start with the 10 drops right away or work up to that? I also get tightness in my neck and throat after eating and am intrigued by how you said this product helped with those symptoms.
ClaudiaJanuary 14, 2023 at 4:00 am
Hi Holly, I started with one drop in the morning and one at night, and increased with one every day until I got to 10 (x2 days). I didn’t have any detox symptoms, but I made sure I drank a lot of water, move, did lymphatic massage, ate good food to support my detox pathways. To me, Clean Slate made a huge difference. Shortly after, I also started Zero-In and Restore. I took all of them for 6 months and will do this regularly every year. I hope this helps. xx
Carla MooreApril 18, 2023 at 10:49 am
Thank you for your thoughtful and sensitive writing. I found you through Google in the middle of a scary night and it really helped me to focus and remain logical and gave me hope. Just identifying with so much of your experience and realizing that I might just survive the night with an action plan helped me more than you know. I have really been struggling with a whole laundry list of conditions and overlapping symptoms that make it impossible to know what goes with what. Autoimmune Hashimoto’s thyroid has turned my world upside down but has recently stabilized and I still have many issues to reconcile. I discovered accidentally that Vitamin C and later Benadryl gave me temporary reprieve which started my research on Histamine Intolerance to take to my doctor at my next appointment. I really identified with your notes on fragility. I have often asked myself “When did I get so fragile and sensitive to everything? Where is the strong, healthy, and confident woman that I used to be?” The health anxiety and seemingly random panic attacks are the absolute worst, it governs my every thought and action. I am working with a therapist on managing it and hope to “factory reset” my high alert button. I am just beginning to learn about my histamine intolerance, or overload. Hopefully it will logically explain some things that will satify my subconcious brain to really relax and allow it rebalance and heal. Thank you again, your article gives me a good starting place. Best Wishes to you in your journey!
ClaudiaApril 18, 2023 at 12:51 pm
Hi Carla, I’m so happy I could be a source of optimism in a moment like that. I know what it means to find something that gives hope. I don’t know you, but I know there is so much peace, strength, and health on the other side of this episode. Take it all in, go through it as it comes, and as you say, relax into it, and allow your body to find the balance. Much love and light, xx Claudia