Histamine intolerance – how it can be controlled by eating the correct types of food
In the first article we covered was what histamine intolerance is and the symptoms. In this article we will be covering how you can control histamine intolerance through diet. Many health problems can be easily maintained if the correct types of foods are eaten. Eating incorrectly could be the cause of digestive problems which in turn can aggravate an existing condition, for example irritable bowel syndrome.
If you are not too sure if you have histamine intolerance, there is an easy way to check if you might. By eliminating what is considered as high histamine foods from your diet over a month and then reintroducing them, you will be able to tell if you are suffering from histamine intolerance. Before running to the shop to buy anything that might be deemed as healthy, you need to know which types of foods to avoid first.
Foods that are considered as histamine-rich
- Fermented alcoholic beverages (wine, champagne and beer) and fermented foods (yoghurt, vinegar, sauerkraut etc)
- Any foods that contain vinegar for example pickles
- Cured meats like bacon, salami and hot dogs
- Soured foods like sour cream and buttermilk
- Dried fruit and most citrus fruits
- Aged cheese and goat’s cheese
- Vegetables like avocados, spinach and tomatoes
- Smoked fish and certain types of fish like mackerel, tuna, anchovies and sardines
As you can see from the above list, not all foods that we consider as healthy are necessarily what you should be eating. After looking at the list you are probably wondering what types of food you can eat if you suffer from histamine intolerance?
Foods that are considered as low-histamine
- Freshly cooked meat and poultry
- Freshly caught fish (stay away from box fish!)
- Cooked eggs
- Gluten-free grains like rice, corn, quinoa
- Pure peanut butter
- Fresh fruits like mango, pear, watermelon, apple, kiwi and grapes
- Fresh vegetables (except for the histamine-rich ones)
- Dairy substitutes like rice and coconut milk
- Cooking oils like olive and coconut oils
- Leafy herbs
- Herbal teas
It might seem that your food choices are now limited but you need to persevere to make sure that you remain healthy histamine intolerance free! The biggest factor to remember with a histamine intolerance diet is that freshness is key.
The best treatment for histamine intolerance is to find and identify the root cause of the problem. Once you have managed that, through diet and supplements you will be able to control your histamine intolerance.
If you are not sure if you are taking the right path to recovery with your histamine intolerance, then you need to contact Dr Alain Sanua. Dr Alain Sanua believes in the natural approach to healing and through consultation will be able to advise you on the best way forward for your health related problems. To find out more about the various healing techniques that Dr Alain Sanua uses, visit his website www.homeopathjohannesburg.co.za