Posts Tagged ‘histamine intolerance’
Histamine producing gut bacteria is one of the leading causes of histamine intolerance in my clients.
It is well established that histamine can be produced by bacteria in fermented foods, but there is an emerging body of research, showing that the microbes within the human gut can also produce, regulate, or degrade histamine.
We can therefore no longer assume that mast cells are the sole source of histamine in the human body.
Indeed, one of the key sources within my client base is dysbiosis. Once the histamine producing bacteria is addressed the histamine intolerance reverses.
Despite this clinical experience, the research is still emerging. Here is what we know so far.
Over the last year or so, I have been using zeolite rather than prescription medication, to successfully detoxify mold, only to find that in addition to mold, zeolite binds histamines providing another way to neutralize excess histamines in the gastrointestinal tract.
Gut bacteria diversity is one of the key drivers of health.
The American Gut Project, and the Twins UK project, found that building diversity had a comparable effect to taking medication, and low diversity to disease. It’s that important.
Within the functional health community, there is a lot of focus on killing pathogens, viruses, and other bad guys. Many functional tests are aimed at identifying them – such as the Gi-Map™ test.
In my experience, you need both, otherwise, health is never quite restored. You are either busy shoveling the water out or busy trying to plug the holes in a leaky gut and biome.
One of the challenges faced by people with histamine intolerance is the removal of high histamine ferments, but fortunately, a wide range of low histamine foods nourish the gut. You do not need to eat sauerkraut to have a good gut biome.