It wasn’t the butler is was the buckwheat…

I know I owe my readers a post on motivation, neurotransmitters, and dopamine, but I have to tell you, bloggers with low dopamine and a lack of motivation don’t get a lot of posts written!

On the bright side, I have learned recently that quercetin, something a lot of you probably take for your histamine intolerance, also raises dopamine levels. And how did I find this out? Well funny enough not because of all the bad foods I was eating during the holidays but because of the one good thing I thought I was doing myself a favor eating: buckwheat.

And why am I calling out one food when I often do not assign blame to single food culprits? Because it’s one of those foods that a lot of people eat thinking it’s a great replacement grain to eat instead of wheat and other high gluten grains.

Here’s the story in a nutshell. I ate very badly during the last week of school because the kids were giving me gifts of chocolate and baked goods and I was going to more parties than usual and eating all kinds of crazy things. When I was finally off the week of Christmas I decided to clean up my act. I decided to eat cleaner along with limiting wheat products and bread. I started making buckwheat pancakes and flatbreads instead.

I have to tell you I was feeling really badly. Enough so that I bought some quercetin which I hadn’t needed to take in years. (I do still take ginger and olive leaf and use olive oil religiously) I was fatigued and my eyes felt “fat.” I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t getting up at five to run but getting up closer to seven, so  I was feeling almost jet lagged. I also started using my water app to monitor my water intake to make sure I wasn’t dehydrated. But I noticed I was starting to get hot flashes again which put me on high alert. They are definitely linked to high histamine with me, as is foggy brain, and fat eyes; all things I was feeling.

Now we are into my second week off and I am feeling way better, but still battling hot flashes and fat eyes. I started to think it might be the buckwheat and decided to stay away from it for a while. I admittedly was eating it almost every day in some form last week.

Last night I was making a bean soup and thought let me put some kasha in it, roasted buckwheat, without even thinking about my previous issues. At 57 it’s a miracle I remember anything at all it seems. After I was done eating I had a hot flash that could have warmed a room. And then I got completely congested.

But honestly, that penny didn’t drop until this morning when I woke still congested and thought about researching whether buckwheat is a known allergen. Yes, in case you were still in doubt, it is. And there is something called cross-reactivity that makes you possibly sensitive to other things. For example, if you are allergic to latex, you might also have a problem with buckwheat, avocado, tomatoes…all things I’ve had issue with, although I don’t think I have a problem with latex. But I’m not going to test that out anytime soon.

There are a few things I want to point out about this that might be helpful to you.

  • First, hot flashes are related to histamine intolerance. I’ve written about this before and am the only one who seems to believe this, but I can tell you from experience this is the case. Find your triggers and rid yourself of hot flashes. I am living proof.
  • Second, I am not cured of intolerance but manage it daily. A lot of people ask me this. I can tell you from this latest bout that we probably always have it on some level. It’s just how well we manage it and on what level histamine is on in the bucket.
  • Third, we must always be aware and alert to what we put in our bodies even if we’ve had it before. I had no issue with buckwheat before, but eating a lot of it brought forth a sensitivity to it and the more I indulged the more sensitive I became until last night the warning was bigger and uglier. And as our bodies change our food sensitivities also change.

As a side note, I can tell you quercetin does help with dopamine and motivation. I’m writing this aren’t I?! And I actually looked it up because I could feel the brain fog lift pretty soon after I started taking it.

I know I don’t nearly blog enough. I’d like to do it way more. But I do what I can with the time and energy I have, and I know you understand that because we all feel that way. But when we feel good, we get way more done, so here’s to feeling good in this new year. And buckwheat, I’m kicking you to the curb…

Happy New Year everybody!


PS: I always welcome comments. If you have a buckwheat issue or another food you’d like us to keep an eye on please do share in the comments section.


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8 comments on “It wasn’t the butler is was the buckwheat…
  1. Diane Adams says:

    Thank you for the wonderful notes you do write! Quercetin and olive leaf have saved me, no question. I made the mistake of buying some holiday goodies at the deli, and paid dearly…a lapse I won’t soon forget!
    When I feel sweaty and hot, olive leaf sa ves me…bless you!

  2. ocean lover says:

    I kind of did the same thing. Added buckwheat and my symptoms started to increase. It took me a couple of days to figure it out. I went to my go histamine food list and low and behold it is a high histamine food. Definitely a big no for me. It’s always good to hear from you!!


    On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 7:20 AM The menopause histamine connection wrote:

    > themenopausehistamineconnection posted: “I know I owe my readers a post on > motivation, neurotransmitters, and dopamine, but I have to tell you, > bloggers with low dopamine and a lack of motivation don’t get a lot of > posts written! On the bright side, I have learned recently that quercetin, > somet” >

  3. Noelle says:

    Yes buckwheat is a trigger for me as well!

    I used to make a homemade buckwheat morning porrage-type breakfast, and vegan buckwheat pancakes all the time… but then when I turned 49 my hot flashes became non-stop, along with severe drenching night sweat, panic attacks, and plugged nose… etc. I found that i was now intolorant to buckwheat (and Hemp, and coconut, avocado, tomatoes among SO MANY other foods). It’s so challenging figureing all of this out. I eat food for many years without a problem, then hit menopause and suddenly I have to figure out an entire new way to eat. I’m very curious about the “cross reactivity” to foods you mentioned. Can you write more on that when you feel up to it? I also am now reacting to ginger too… it gives me hot flashes.

    Your blog and webpage have been a life save for me. I am tired, just like you, all the time as I recover from other major health isues as well. I am so greatful to you. thank you for posting when you can. I’ve learned so much from you and your blog, more than any doctor or book I sought out. you’ve helped me SO MUCH.

    • The cross reactivity is interesting. Someone who is allergic to latex has a high chance of being allergic to buckwheat, tomatoes, avocado, pineapple, and a few other things. I’m not allergic to latex but my mom is. And I have issues with cooked tomatoes and avocados. Sometimes pineapple. So it’s not just my histamine intolerance but additional food sensitivities. That’s why it’s so hard to figure it all out!

      Do you know if you are allergic to latex?

      I’m so happy to hear I’ve helped. Your comment really made my day.


      • Noelle says:

        Yes I have a sensitivity to latex too. If I wear latex gloves to wash dishes I get a rash on my hands. So I buy non-latex, and have to tell doctors as I fear I will have a breathing reaction.

        Yes I agree with you, it’s not just histamine intolorance, I have so many food allergies and sensitivites, also FODMAP too. It’s frustrating as I’ve been super healthy my entire life and I eat tons of veggies, but menopause doesnt care how diligent you are with your diet upto that point… it’s really knocked me off my feet.

        As I’ve read through some of your posts over the last year, I do find that I react to all of the foods you’ve listed that reacted to, and then several more.

        Thanks for all of your writings 🙂

  4. Emma says:

    Hello Dale, I’ve just come across your blog. I have HI and discovered this about 6 months ago. I started seeing a nutritional therapist because I had started to have wild mood swings, horrendous PMS, palpitations, joint pains. I have had IBS as long as I can remember and also bad hayfever. I never realised I sneezed after meals and had an itchy throat after certain foods! Anyway, I am only 36 but doctors said it was perimenopause and simply offered me antidepressants. I had a miscarriage which seemed to trigger all this off, so they assumed it was stress.
    I have been low histamine for 6 months and have taken all sorts of supplements.
    My nutritionist suggested a programme of garlic then oregano oil capsules to rid possible bad bacteria in the gut, which we thought may be causing the HI.
    After a couple of months of that, my stomach issues are no better. They are probably worse than the original IBS symptoms to be honest. My PMS is better one month then bad the next. My period is ‘good’ one month as in less painful and heavy and lasts a week, then ‘bad’ another month when PMS is vile and I have just a couple of heavy painful days.
    I’m well and truly fed up.
    I have had a few weeks of no supplements to have a clean slate, but now I am waking up in a bad, depressed mood every day.
    I had some improvement I think with magnesium, vit C and B6.
    I have a cupboard full of unopened supplements recommended by my nutritionist, including Vit D, probiotics which never seem to help and make my stomach worse…
    She thinks it is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth causing it, which means a SIBO diet (even more restriction!)
    I can’t afford to have lots of tests to work out the cause.
    What is the cause of your HI? Do you have gut issues or issues with DAO production?
    I want to have another baby but I really fear what pregnancy will be like – HI is supposed to improve as the placenta makes DAO. I am worried I won’t cope with a baby though if one arrived safely. I can’t cope with lack of sleep, it makes my moods crazy. I already have a 3 year old, so I don’t want to be a bad mum.

    • I’m getting ready for work and can’t give you a long answer right now, but will get back to you later. In the meantime search olive oil on my site and read those posts. They will answer some DAO questions.

      I am sorry for your loss. But let’s get you back to health so you can have that baby!

      More later. Dale

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