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.