This section will probably take me the longest to get together. There is much to explain about receptors, basophils, mast cells and other technical things. But the most important thing to understand is probably simplest to explain with an analogy.
Histamine is an extremely important component to our lives, but sometimes we have too much of it. Think of a bucket of water with holes punched in the bottom. When it rains, the bucket starts to fill. The amount of water in the bucket depends on how hard it rains and how quickly it can empty. A person with histamine intolerance, their bucket does not empty fast enough so the water basically overflows.
Your bucket overflows because the histamine in foods raises the histamine level in your body until your mast cells spill their histamine into the blood. Once that happens, whatever your evil is, mine being itching, gets unleashed.
For me, once my histamine level is too high and I itch I take a Quercetin capsule or two and wait a few minutes. It usually works. If I am having a huge reaction I might add a Ginger capsule and an Olive Leaf capsule. And often, before I go out to dinner and know I’m going to eat off my safe foods diet, I take an Olive Leaf capsule to stem the tide of histamine I know I could be hit with.
Living with histamine intolerance is a balancing act. That’s why that food diary is so important. You must know what foods fill your bucket!
Until I fill in with my own information, I suggest you use the terms mast cells, histamine intolerance, h1 receptors, and histamine to find the more scientific information about this issue. You will also stumble over many, and I do mean many, forum sites where people share information on bulletin boards. In all my readings it would seem the folks who suffer from rosacea know a lot about mast cells and histamine. It’s on those sites where I have learned so much about how extensive the problems with histamine can be. And it’s nice to know you are not the only one suffering some weirdness all of a sudden!
Other links to look at:
These are a few of the sites I’ve used to educate myself about histamine intolerance.
This site explains what mast cells are and their relationship to histamine intolerance. Because I haven’t had the time to compile all the more scientific information I’ve read about histamine intolerance, I suggest you take a look at this site first.
Histamino is one of my favorite sites. The writing is clear and concise and accurate to what I’ve researched. There are good food lists here to get you started with some of the basic dos and don’ts.
The low histamine chef is another site I really like. This blogger has a really interesting story to tell, lots of information on foods and books to sell. I’ve purchased one of her cookbooks and have gotten personal advice from her. She seems a generous spirit.