So after all my research, after all my theories, and after all the many hours I’ve put into understanding what might trigger hot flashes, could it be drinking green tea, for me, was the actual culprit all along?
I have not had a hot flash in five days. That is really big news. I was flashing around up to, I’d say, ten times a day for two months now. Before that I was having quite a few, but the last couple of months they were really frequent.
So what changed? Well, if you keep up with my blog you know I started back on the B vitamins and added back in magnesium. This helped quite a bit at first, but seemed to have little effect in the last month especially. So what was going on other than the hot Miami sun bursting through the day?
I didn’t know either. So one day I sat down and started to really analyze what I was consistently eating. For some reason I focused on green tea. I think I focused on that particular thing for more than one reason. I drink it almost everyday at the same time in the afternoon. I would also have it, many days, in the morning, and during school I’d have a third cup often. So it was a consistent part of my diet. It is also one of the things I did not ever have when I was at my worst with the histamine intolerance, which was also the same period of time I never had hot flashes.
That’s why I came back to it in my head. I know white potatoes cause hot flashes with me, which means foods can definitely be a trigger for me. But green tea? Off I went to do the research to see if it’s even a possibility, and yes it is. Funny enough, it’s one of those things that comes up on the list as either helping to eliminate flashes or helping to trigger them.
It made sense to me that it could be a trigger for me keeping in mind my history of having issues with the other herbs that everyone supposedly could take to minimize histamine intolerance but were triggers for me. I could not drink chamomile or nettle teas without having itchy reactions. And though I’ve tried to reintroduce chia, I still react badly to it. (I’ve recently learned chia is part of the same family as other herbs like basil and sage, which I can use as seasonings but that’s in very small doses.) Anyway, the point is I have a history of problems with herbs and now, maybe teas. They are all plants after all.
I can drink white tea without an issue. I could drink white tea when I itched too. So there seems to be a correlation between what my body can handle related to the histamine intolerance, even when I am not actively itching. There are consistencies there.
Based on all this thinking, I stopped drinking green tea last Monday and by Wednesday I realized the hot flashes stopped. And when I say stopped, I mean I have not had one at all. Even when the house gets warm in the mid day Miami heat.
Now let me just add this last bit of confusion to the whole picture. Monday is also when I started taking Olive Leaf extract again. I had run out of it a couple of months ago and ordered the wrong thing in its place. I guess I was a bit overworked that day and ordered Oregano Oil instead. I tried it anyway but it upset my stomach…too much of an herb maybe…
Olive Leaf is one of those things that worked wonders for my histamine intolerance. I took it religiously. But since the itching has pretty much gone away except for the occasional flare-ups, I stopped taking it and most of the other supplements. I take querecetin for acute reactions only now. I took Olive Leaf on and off for the last eight months or so.
So you can see that the Olive Leaf could technically muddy the waters a bit in determining if it is just the green tea or not. It could be a combination of the two. It could just be the Olive Leaf or just the lack of green tea. I do believe however, based on my past history of taking the Olive leaf and when I’ve had hot flashes in the last year, that it is the green tea.
If I were willingly to sacrifice my body for the good of the cause I could prove it one way or another. I could first stop the Olive Leaf for a week. Then I would drink a cup of green tea a day. Or I could keep the Olive Leaf going and start drinking green tea. But let’s face it, I feel so good right now without having those awful frickn’ flashes that I’m not willing to take the bullet! You’re going to have to analyze your own eating and drinking habits. I’m just here to tell you that if you drink a lot of green tea, you might just be helping to fuel those hot flashes without knowing it.
Also, it might not be the green tea per se but the way your body metabolizes caffeine. So maybe it’s not just green tea but black tea and even chocolate. You might need to investigate all of it. I don’t ever have drink black tea or coffee or eat chocolate anymore. Green tea was the most caffeine I would let myself have. Black tea and chocolate could be bad for histamine intolerance anyway. They are for me.
To conclude, this is my last word on hot flash help today… and I say today because every few weeks I seem to have a new theory…Take the B vitamins. Take vitamin C and magnesium. Try to keep an alkaline body, and don’t overdue on the sugar and simple carbs. Do not eat junk food and minimize any healthy food that causes a reaction. Take Olive Leaf to support your immune system if you want to try it. And give up the green tea.
Maybe it’s all of the above that’s finally worked for me. Maybe this is all one big puzzle that I’ve been putting together over the course of the year and the green tea was the last piece. I’ve said over and over again that it’s never just one thing. But I can tell you this for sure: no more green tea for me!
Let me know down in the comments section what you think. And have a lovely Sunday!