This is one of those things I’ve wanted to write about for a very long time, but because it’s one of those personal reveals I’ve hesitated. But now, I am curious enough to finally share and pose a question.
I noticed very early on, when I first became acutely intolerant, that my urine smelled like peanut butter. (I told you it was going to get personal) I spent many hours researching that particular symptom. I did not know, nor had I ever heard of histamine intolerance at that point. I just knew that along with the itching, this was happening.
Most of what I could find was about bladder infections. I had no symptoms of one and knew it wasn’t that. And I was sure it was directly related to the itching. But I could not find anything other than bladder issues.
Once I discovered the histamine intolerance and started to heal from it, the odor went away. I do notice it occasionally though, and started to wonder about it again today. I ate something I absolutely had no business eating, and although I no longer itch I still felt very bad after eating it. I got very sluggish, fatigued, and now feel almost hungover. And I started to have hot flashes. So I know my histamine is high. And guess what? Yep, peanut butter urine.
It didn’t seem that far fetched to me that something can alter the odor of urine based on what I know of what asparagus does to some people; me for one. So I started to do some research into it. This time, however, I changed up the wording of what I was searching for. Instead of looking for urine odors specifically I looked for whether histamine has an odor. Then I looked for whether we excrete histamine in our urine.
Turns out we do.
There are a couple of tests to measure the amount of histamine: one is a blood test and one is a urine test. This is the first sentence of a medical abstract I found:
A small portion of the histamine that circulates through the kidney is excreted intact.
It doesn’t seem like a big jump in logic to think that if my histamine level raises and my kidneys have to excrete the excess, there might be an odor attached to the process. So I ask those of you who know you are histamine intolerant and those of you suspecting intolerance, does your pee smell like peanut butter? I’m really wanting to know!
P.S. The B vitamins are making a big difference in reducing hot flashes and fatigue…when I don’t eat crap…That will be my next post.