It’s been two weeks since I stopped drinking green tea and two weeks since I’ve had a hot flash. When I say I haven’t had a hot flash, I mean not one. Not after eating spicy food, not during or after working out, not after getting frustrated, and not even sitting on the couch reading. Those were all the times I would have one. (It got so I would not sit on my own couch anymore and it is my favorite reading spot.)
Last night I indulged in salad with blue cheese dressing and a pizza with my folks. I thought I was getting a little warm. I thought ok, here it comes…but nothing.
I’ve investigated the differences between white tea, which I can drink with abandon, and green tea and have come up with very few. They are the same plant, although white tea is often the bud of the plant rather than the leaves. And green tea is fermented. Other than that the chemical make-up is virtually the same. Green tea has a bit more caffeine, and white tea has a bit more polyphenols. So it must be the fermentation process. I guess…
Whatever it is or isn’t, the whole thing brings me to these questions:
Do (peri)menopausal women with histamine intolerance have hot flashes because of an allergic-like response to an external source?
Do (peri)menopausal women without histamine intolerance have hot flashes?
Notice I did not put the word all in, as in “do all (peri)menopausal women.” The minute you say all, someone will come along and blow the entire theory out of the water.
Unfortunately, I am only a little blogger sitting at a computer tapping out my thoughts and have no idea how to prove or disprove my theory. But I do believe, based on all I know now and what I’ve been through, that peri-menopause and menopause is directly related to histamine intolerance which in turn is directly related to hot flashes.
If this seems to you like I’ve had an epiphany, it does to me too. Although when I read back all the way to my first post in my mission statement, I write that hot flashes are linked to histamine intolerance. The only one who didn’t believe that statement along the way seems to be me, which now makes no sense to me how I lost that thread in this big hormonal histamine tapestry when I look back at my journey through intolerance.
When I was at my very worst, when my last period departed in December 2012, I was tormented by itching (without hives), insomnia, hot flashes (at least 6 or more a night), and an urge to pee about 5 times a night. If you haven’t had that or never realized before, the bladder is a muscle greatly effected by histamine intolerance.
When I finally figured out what was wrong with me and I was eating a very restricted diet and using the supplements that worked for me, I was completely hot flash free. The hot flashes didn’t come back again until about September which would be right around the time I added more restricted foods back into my diet. Green tea was one of them. And then the hot flashes were off and running again.
I did question many times if they were related to the intolerance. I think I even thought that my flashes might be the first sign of my histamine rising. But I never got any other symptoms. The itching never really came back, although I still have triggers and need to be careful. So for the longest time, I just didn’t really remember that I suffered with six of them a night when I was acutely intolerant.
Another thing was in play in my head, and I know you’ll be able to relate. When you research menopause, hot flashes are always on the lists. It’s almost expected that you get them. Like it’s a natural thing and no surprise to anyone.
Because of my memory lapse and the expectation that everyone gets flashes so this must be normal and not related to histamine intolerance, I’ve spent long hours over the last eight months researching how to get rid of them. Once I got the itching under control, they were the only thing that really bedeviled me. And I looked everywhere didn’t I?
Then I realized the other day, at the end of my last post, After all that was it the green tea my advise to you about getting rid of hot flashes was an identical match to what I’ve been saying all along about controlling your histamine intolerance. The vitamins and supplements I suggested, the way to eat; it is all the same.
Every road I went down to get control of my hot flashes I’d already been down to get a hold of my histamine intolerance. The only differences were in the information I gathered about the physiology of the brain and body and the supporting reasons for taking a supplement or eating, or not eating, a food. For example, I still maintain we need to support our hypothalamus because that’s where your body’s thermostat resides. Another example, the acid/alkaline body, is still a smart way to eat.
So after a year and a half of research and reading and writing is this it? Can I just go ahead and tell the world? This is what I’d say…
In its simplest terms, your body got all off kilter because your hormones are fluctuating which brought on histamine intolerance which means you might itch, have hives, get hot flashes, have insomnia, and suffer from one to thirty four different menopausal symptoms, but if you work diligently and keep a food diary and eliminate all the foods that are causing an allergy-like response in your body you can completely control and eliminate all those said symptoms of menopause.
That’s a helluva run-on sentence I must say. But that’s everything. And I’m typing it sitting in a hot Miami sunbeam streaming through my window…without a hot flash. And let me just stress one more time that I was having at least six to ten a day and at least two a night. That’s a big difference don’t you think?
What if it really is that simple a solution? What if women did not have to suffer anymore?
Years ago I had a cat that was sick. I got her from a pet store and I took her to a vet I really didn’t know that well. For months this cat was in and out of that vet’s office. He was doing all kinds of expensive tests and making me buy all kinds of medications. One morning I woke up and looked at the cat and thought that’s it. I called the vet’s office and told them to have her records ready for me to pick up in a half hour. (They balked but I was pretty irate.) I took the records and the cat to my mother’s vet whom she used for years. He gave the cat the once over, gave us a shot and sent us home. The cat was fine the next day.
My point is, it pays to keep someone sick. Where’s the money in advice like “hey, go home, start a food diary, eliminate everything that you think is causing an allergy-like reaction and come back and see me, well, ya know if that works don’t ever come back and see me.” How’s big pharma gonna survive on that?!
Maybe you think I’m being a little cocky today, feeling my oats after actually having slept through the night and not bursting into flames once an hour for the last two weeks…or maybe I’m really onto something. Tell me what you think down in the comments section.