Hello, Jen, it’s been a while. I was hoping you were so well that you had in fact forgotten about us. Really sorry to hear that isn’t the case.
The histamine intolerance according to my allergologist is connected to candida albicans
Unfortunately, that connection exists because the Candida toxins have the ability to liberate histamine from body’s mast cells which are a part of the immune system. Cure the infestation, and I’d bet my home that the histamine problem would be cured as well.
There’s actually a medical condition known as Histadelia; it’s commonly characterized by an elevated level of histamine in the blood. This condition is usually accompanied by various other symptoms, one of which is a low level of serotonin which can cause depression leading to extreme internal anxiety and insomnia.
The “short” list of high histamine foods:
Beer, wine and champagne, walnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and cashews. Bread made with yeast, pizza, cheese, avocados, sauerkraut, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, canned vegetables. Processed or smoked meats (ham, salami, bacon, etc.), kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, tangerines, mango, grapefruit, red prunes, bananas and papayas; ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, balsamic or red wine vinegar. When we purchase fresh foods and then store them in our refrigerator, they gain a higher histamine level during their maturation process. As the freshness diminishes, the histamine count goes up.
Jen and Thomas; A product available in Europe and the US called “Histame” is supposedly one of the first products which regulate the histamine levels simply by replenishing the body’s digestive enzyme, DAO which is a histamine-absorbing enzyme. If you’re interested in checking this supplement, here are the company’s two websites. I would imagine there other brands of DOA which do the same thing.
As far as the foods you can eat are concerned, try this; take a copy of our diet and a copy of the diet you were given by your doctor, compare the two lists. The foods that are on both lists, you can obviously eat, if a food is on one list but not the other, then assume that you shouldn’t eat it. Try that and let’s see what foods you have left.