A couple of months ago I said I understood that menopause was causing my high histamine levels and therefore my histamine intolerance, but that I wanted to know what the underlying cause was. I wanted to know what system was being affected to cause the imbalance. Today, I think I finally understand it all.
If you’ve read any of my blog, you know that I am taking many different supplements and have recently discovered the benefits of olive oil. I’ve been practically itch free the last couple of weeks.
So I started to research what system the olive oil might be affecting. I stumbled over an article about olive oil helping adrenal fatigue. You’d think at this point I’d get it and research that, but it took me a day to put all the words together: menopause, adrenal fatigue, histamine intolerance. And then I found it. An article that talks specifically about how adrenal fatigue and menopause work together to exhaust your body to the point of having all kinds of problems. Now I don’t believe in reading one article and stopping there. But this one really explains it all succinctly. I have since researched and found many more articles to back up what this one is saying. I think the site sells women’s products, and I am not endorsing any of that. I am only sending you to read what has become a beacon on my histamine horizon!
Here’s an excerpt from the site:
As women enter perimenopause, the adrenal–reproductive hormone connection becomes even more pronounced. Here’s why: your adrenals are responsible for so much more than pumping out stress hormones. One of their secondary jobs is to make and release sex hormones, to pick up the slack as production in your ovaries tapers off. If you’ve spent the bulk of your adrenal resources on chronic stress, by the time you reach perimenopause there’s little reserve for keeping peace in the sex-hormone camp. This is why adrenal imbalance can sometimes lead to worsening menopausal symptoms.
Here’s a simplified scenario of what happens when a woman who has been stressed-out for many years transitions into menopause:
- The brain perceives stress.
- The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are released by the adrenals to help the body respond to the stressful event — whether it’s emotional or physical.
- This occurs daily over many years, cortisol remains continually high, and symptoms of adrenal imbalance result.
- During perimenopause, the ovaries naturally slow down production of sex hormones.
- Under stressful circumstances, the adrenals moderate stress first, leaving very few resources for maintaining sex hormonal balance.
- Menopausal and adrenal symptoms are intensified.
Now you must understand that the medical community at large does not believe in adrenal fatigue. The Mayo Clinic’s site basically rejects the idea because it is not really measurable. It’s only measurable if you have way too much or way too little production from the adrenal glands. So if you subscribe to what allopathic medicine touts, than the idea of adrenal fatigue is hokum. They believe you either have Addison’s or Cushing’s disease and nothing in between.
I, personally, believe in adrenal fatigue. The adrenals, little glands that sit on top of the kidneys, are part of the endocrine system and the endocrine system is what controls hormones. Why can’t those glands function less-than optimally and throw things out of whack?
I think this is also why olive leaf extract was the one thing I kept coming back to as the thing that was making me feel better. Many people suggest its use for adrenal fatigue.
I’m certainly not going to stop researching the link between histamine intolerance and menopause. And I’m still going to add to my research about adrenal fatigue. But right now, I’m happy to have a direction to travel in. I can’t stress enough the positive effects olive oil has had on controlling my intolerance, and it is olive oil that is leading me in this direction, so I am hopeful I can offer a real healing solution to the menopause histamine connection.