I recently had the great pleasure to interview Vicky Mitchell the creator of the Rotation Diet Assistant App. Vicki is a certified health coach, has personally used a rotation diet for over a decade, and is also an expert on gluten intolerance.
Rotation diets are widely recommended for auto-immune conditions by immunologists. The rationale of the rotation diet is that it takes 2 – 4 days for the immune system (and particularly the villi) to recalibrate itself. The diet works on food families (rather than individual foods) as the immune system is primitive so attacks things that look similar (rather than identical). If the family of foods (rather than just individual foods) is removed for 4 days then the gut will respond authentically when challenged by that food family.
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:
Do you know that Vitamin D levels may protect you from getting an auto-immune disease?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays a key role in almost all of our bodily functions including the immune system.
Scientists have found Vitamin D receptors within immune cells and identified that Vitamin D plays a vital role in regulating the immune system. Current research suggests a strong correlation between poor Vitamin D levels, Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) gene mutations, and some auto-immune diseases.
Cashew Mayonnaise is a low histamine alternative to mayonnaise. It is so delicious and creamy, that not only does it do the job of mayonnaise, but even if I could eat mayonnaise I would choose Cashew Mayonnaise.
The secret ingredient in Cashew Mayonnaise is of course raw cashews. Raw cashews are the lowest nut in amines and histamines and in the absence of a nut allergy or oxalate intolerance or copper issues is reliably tolerated whereas other nuts are often problematic.