Histamine is a compound that is naturally produced by the human body, specifically in white blood cells called mast cells or basophils. It acts as a protective mechanism to attack lurking invaders. It is not an enemy unless our body gets a message to either overproduce this compound or if there’s an issue clearing it out.
Histamine is also found outside the body in many food and beverages. Some people cannot tolerate the amount of histamine located in certain foods when they ingest them and they react symptomatically.
Not everyone with histamine intolerance will have every symptom listed below and these symptoms typically are inconsistent and confuse medical providers. Commonly, patients are referred to many different specialists that cannot determine a root cause. The reason why there are so many symptoms is because histamine affects so many different body systems.
Common symptoms of Histamine Intolerance are:
- Sinus Congestion
- Heart palpitations
- Swelling in extremities or in face
- Red Face
- Inability to tolerate alcohol
- Itchy skin/Hives
- Uterine cramping
- Car/Motion sickness
- Food Sensitivities
- Acid Reflux
- Cardiac problems
- Poor methylation
- Poor Detoxification
How We Work With Histamine Intolerance
Histamine Intolerance is a complex illness. It is confusing, unpredictable and involves many body systems making it hard for the traditional & conventional medicine model to see the big picture.
However, functional medicine allows the assessment of all body systems.
Speciality testing, clinical history, stress assessment and environmental analysis are key concepts when looking at how histamine intolerance is impacting you.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with histamine intolerance and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Enlighten Functional Medicine today so we can see what your options are.
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