Mission Statement

mr itchThis blog is dedicated to women who are suffering from histamine intolerance brought on by the hormonal fluctuations common to menopause. It is a compilation of months of research.

Disclaimer

I am not in the medical field and this is not medical advice. I am just an ordinary woman, like you maybe, just starting menopause and newly suffering from histamine intolerance because of the changes in my hormonal balance. I wanted to compile my hours of research to make it easier for women like me to find answers.

Why are you here?

Maybe because you have been suffering multiple hot flashes at night and can’t sleep. You are having nightmares, and are restless. Maybe you are waking up with hives, or itching during the day for what seems like no reason. Your brain is in a fog, you feel dysfunctional, you can’t focus and you feel fatigued and just plain awful. You’ve done the reading, and you know you are starting menopause, so you think this is how you should feel and just get through it.

Your options seem to be to take HRT or to use herbal remedies, but you still itch and those hot flashes don’t stop.

Maybe though, you’ve been lucky enough to stumble, and I do mean stumble, over what really might be affecting you; high histamine levels brought on by the hormonal imbalance of menopause. In other words, you might be suffering from histamine intolerance. Basically, that means that what you eat is directly affecting how you feel. Foods high in histamine are triggering allergy-like reactions in your body. For me it’s itching. Additionally, there is a strong link to high histamine levels and hot flashes. I can attest to that link too!

Once I discovered the link between hormones and histamine, and then understood the link between histamine and food, I started making major changes to my diet and started taking vitamin supplements to help bring down my high histamine levels and my life improved dramatically.

In a nutshell, histamine intolerance is a problem the body has handling excess histamine. Up until my hormones changed with menopause, my body had no problem with anything I ate. But now my body cannot handle histamine coming in from outside sources, with those outside sources being food. So it’s not an allergy to food per se. A doctor could do a scratch test (a common test for allergies) for spinach let’s say, but my skin won’t react. That’s because I am not allergic to the food, but the histamine in the food.

I still suffer from histamine intolerance, but I am now educated about the issue and can work to, if not recover from it completely, at least control it. My itching is at a minimum depending on my diet, and my hot flashes are non-existent. My mood is even and dare I say peaceful, and my focus on tasks is returning. I still get fatigued, but I’m a high school teacher so that’s a normal state of being, but I feel relatively normal again.

And I don’t feel crazy anymore. Before I discovered what was going on with my body I thought I was going crazy. Or that I had some awful disease!

Anyone who has histamine intolerance will tell you navigating through life is trickier. It takes a lot of work to maintain an itch free day. And there are many surprises along the way. (I’m going to have to live with some mildew on my bathroom caulking because I learned the hard way bleach lights me up like a fire cracker!) But knowing what it is and how to manage it makes life so much better.

What made me start this blog?

I guess you could say I had an itch to write! I always thought it would be the great American novel…

Anyway, the real story is that I was researching my itching for at least two months when I landed on a site talking about the link between menopause and its effect on rising histamine levels. It backed up what I had already known from other sources. But what I didn’t realize at first was that it was a site advertising a med for hot flashes. I clicked on the information page and was completely horrified.

The med had nothing to do with lowering histamine. Yes, it had Vitamin C which is a known antihistamine, but the other ingredients were too many syllables to remember. But one ingredient really infuriated me. MSG!

How many people have a problem with that chemical already? And to put it in something that is supposed to minimize hot flashes?! I was incensed!

Women need to be educated. High Histamine is hidden in the lists of things that can go haywire with our bodies during menopause. Most women might never make the connection between menopause and histamine. Pharmaceutical companies who know what the issue is should be working to help women, but they really just want to sell drugs.

So that was it. I’ve learned so much and feel so much better I wanted to share my knowledge. I haven’t had a hot flash at night in weeks. I was having six a night before I figured it out. I can’t imagine what I’d be like if I were taking a drug with MSG in it.

And one other thing I’ve noticed. I have not had mood swings since I started a low histamine diet in conjunction with vitamin supplements. There is a well documented link between high histamine and depression. I think there must be a link between high histamine and mood swings but I haven’t found that specific information documented yet.

I am a teacher by profession. This is just another chance to share and teach. So if you’ve fallen over my site in your search for relief, please leave a comment and let me know if I’ve helped. I figure if I help one person, then my time is well spent.

Don’t forget to take a look around by clicking the links at the top of the page. Or start here, on the Index of Posts.

DLB

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778 comments on “Mission Statement
  1. Amy says:

    I’m so relieved to have found this site. I am 42, perimenopausal and covered in hives on my jawline, arms and upper back for the last 2 years…mostly at night as the day goes on. I am a believer in finding the root cause instead of treating the symptom and I knew diet had to be a main cause. Thank you for the info! I have already cut out meat, dairy, eggs and gluten for the past 2 months and symptoms have improved.. with many things, but I never cut out alcohol!! And now of course I’m eating spinach, tomatoes and chickpeas which are high in histamine. Duh. I will shop for the low histamine foods tonight. Thanks again. Can’t wait to get into the articles and learn more.

  2. Sheri says:

    I just read your Feb 2015 post. So my theory is goes another layer back. I had allergies as a child but grew out of them about same time progesterone kicked in and my hair went curly. I’m now betting the itching then was already a some relationship to high histamine and has returned once progesterone levels started dropping. (And yes, the curly hair has eased up to a nice wavy texture). So thankful for your research! The topical use of olive oil on a stubborn itchy area is instantly soothing and calming. I also started a food diary log yesterday and looking forward to finding those triggers! Empowered with new information I have hope and resolve to try again.

  3. Kim says:

    Omg! I’m a teacher too and you nailed it! I feel like I’m having an allergic reaction sometimes! I had almost lost my mind! Hot flashes at times are so horrendous I feel like I’m a prisoner in my own body! Itchy rashes and hives and bloated everywhere. What sort of foods triggered your histamine response? Is it differrent for everybody? I’ve had. Scratch Tests before but I’m not showing any allergies to anything other than dust and mold. Any shared resources would be great! Thank you!

    Kim

  4. Ness says:

    Wow , I feel I am not the only one going through this. After having an allergy free life for 45 years I am now get anaphalaxsis where i wake up with a swollen tongue or swollen lips with no other common anaphalactic syptoms or welts on my hands, back of neck ,soles of feet . I have been to allergists and have food diaries with no answers . This looks like a possible answer and will be trying your advice. thank you

  5. Eein says:

    Have you seen a Naturopath! They can answer things that modern medicine can’t. They helped to save my life when I became allergic to all food after I had to ha e my ovaries removed.

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