Did you know that there is a natural antihistamine alternative?
Dr Janice Joneja is a Canadian dietician who has been working in the area of allergies and food intolerances. Her book Dealing with Food Allergies was one of the first books I bought when diagnosed with histamine intolerance.
Dr Joneja believes that pharmaceutical antihistamines, whilst highly effective in a medical emergency, can have rebound effects if used daily as a preventative for histamine intolerance. She says:
“Antihistamines stop histamine activity by blocking their entrance. If this blockage is constant the immune system sees this as a problem, and senses that it must be producing inadequate levels of histamine. It therefore increases its production of histamine. Consequently, over the long term, there is even more histamine for the enzymes to break down, and the problem of histamine intolerance becomes even worse.”
Joneja recommends alkaline salts as a natural antihistamine to manage the symptoms of histamine intolerance and mast cell activation.
The natural antihistamine mixture effectively works as an oxygen (Co2) supplement. One of the known side-effects of histamine excess is that it interferes with the metabolisation of both oxygen and alkalinity inside and out of the mast cell. This imbalance results in a cascade of symptoms linked to reduced oxygen (Hypoxia).
By adjusting the alkaline balance of the mast cell, the natural antihistamine not only rebalances the oxygen but stabilizes the mastcell. It does not interfere with histamine degradation.
Here is Dr Joneja’s recipe which can be either made at home or purchased from most compounding chemists. For those of you who do not have a compounding chemist near by Seeking Health also has a natural antihistamine mix called Neutralize although the ratios are different.
- 2 tablespoons sodium bicarbonate (baking soda not baking powder)
- 1 tablespoon potassium bicarbonate (available at most compounding pharmacies)
- Mix well, place mixture in an airtight jar.
- Take ½ teaspoon completely dissolved in warm water.
- Symptoms should resolve fairly rapidly.
- A second dosage can be taken 20-30 minutes later if symptoms have not completely resolved. Do not repeat for 24 hours.
- The natural antihistamine mixture can also be mixed into a paste, rubbed onto the skin, and left.