I am still on my olive oil/adrenal fatigue research kick! I have seen such amazing results using olive oil on my skin and taking it internally, that I am fixated on proving the connection between it and whatever has casued my histamine intolerance. I am hot on the trail of its relationship between adrenal fatigue, cortisol and hormones.
From the Livestrong site:
According to a study published in the journal “Nature” in 2005, a compound found within extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, has been shown to have a natural anti-inflammatory effect. This compound, oleocanthal, gives EVOO anti-inflammatory properties similar to that of cortisol and may account for this long-known benefit of a Mediterranean diet.
Combining the idea from the other things I’ve studied about menopause exacerbating adrenal fatigue, and how cortisol production is exhausted and damages your immune response which then affects inflammation and thus histamine release, and then how olive oil works as an anti-inflammatory similar in properties to cortisol, doesn’t it make sense that the olive oil replaces or supports the missing cortisol and helps heal your damaged immune system?
I know, that was quite a sentence…but still…it would explain so much.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I’m telling you that the olive oil has made a major difference in my histamine intolerance. I was maintaining pretty well with my supplements and low histamine diet, but when I started using the olive oil my situation improved to the point now where I have itch free days. I would have to look at my food diary to even see when the last time I had an itch was. That’s how good it’s been.
I still maintain a low histamine diet for the most part. I’ve wandered onto the “unsafe” food list a bit and suffered no ill effects. In other words I didn’t itch. And I still keep up with my supplements. If it all works, why change anything? But I am now thinking that when I have off during the summer, if I am still as stable as I am now, I will cut back and maybe eliminate the supplements while keeping up the olive oil application and intake to see what happens.
So I will keep recording everything in my food diary and maintain everything that is working and keep researching. Lacking anyone else trying my regimen, I only have myself as proof that something is working, so if anyone has tried anything I’ve suggested and had results, be they positive or negative, please let me know.