The Paleo View

TPV Podcast, Episode 170, Histamine Intolerances

Ep. 170, Histamine Intolerances

On this episode of The Paleo View, Stacy and Sarah share on histamine intolerances – what are they, what causes them, and how to manage them. The hosts also answer listener questions related to histamine intolerances.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 170, Histamine Intolerances

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:56)
    • Happy birthday Sarah!
    • How Sarah is acting like an old lady these days, and why she is making a stand for not yet being in her 40’s
    • In addition to recording The Paleo View, Sarah’s birthday celebration also included a special WOD and a hot stone massage
    • Stacy’s life happenings include Ronda Rousey and how the internet blew up, and Adele
    • This week’s show will be about histamine intolerances and Sarah has a feeling that many people will be self diagnosing themselves by the end of this show, and wants to provide a friendly reminder to seek a health care provider if you think you may have an issue with histamine intolerances (in this case a functional specialist, a naturopathic doctor, or someone in the alternative healthcare field)
    • Histamine intolerance can look like a lot of things, and a lot of things can look like histamine intolerance; and there are a lot of potential causes of them
    • Remember that nothing Sarah or Stacy say on the show should be taken for medical or nutritional advice
  • Science with Sarah (13:32)
    • Histamine is a normal molecule produced by our body and people are very familiar with it based on its relation to allergies or our reactions to bug bites – it is one of the ways our immune system physically isolates a toxin and tries to get rid of it
    • It is also one of the things that happens with foods allergies, with anaphylactic shock producing a very large histamine response
    • Histamine has other important roles in the body – it is part of how cells communicate with their neighbors, and is a neurotransmitter that regulates a very large number of functions in the body
    • Histamine intolerances, how they are triggered and what is happening on a cellular level when triggered
    • The root of histamine intolerance is that the production of histamine is greater than our ability to handle it, and that production can come from a few different places and our inability to handle it can also come from a few different places – but basically it boils down to having too much histamine and the body not being able to handle it
    • The lengthy and broad list of histamine intolerance symptoms
    • How some foods have histamine, which is basically considered spoilage and is something that is tested for in high levels in the food industry
    • Seafood is a great example of a histamine containing food, but with a huge variation – more details on this
    • Fermented foods, alcoholic beverages, and deli meats can also all be high in histamines
    • Some fruit, soy products, coffee, chocolate, green tea, pork, and spinach can all have lower levels of histamine
    • Finding a health professional to help you diagnose any responses you may be having to these foods
    • Histamine intolerance seems to be highly related to a leaky gut
    • The treatment is a low histamine diet, partnered with working on gut health
    • Eventually you would slowly start increasing high histamine containing foods
  • Questions & Answers (30:02)
    • Christina – why are no two histamine lists the same? Would a rotational diet help to avoid more sensitivities?
      • The limited research that is available on these lists
      • What a rotation diet can do if you have a very leaky gut
      • The challenge with the strict rotation and what happens with time
      • Sarah recommends the rotation diet as a second tier effort, and recommend figuring out the rotation with a really good nutritional therapy practitioner or a functional medical specialist
      • This is a very situational strategy
    • Jen – why are dried fruits and veggies high in histamine even if homemade?
      • What happens during the drying process and how the nutrients become concentrated
  • Dose dependent reactions and determining how cutting out certain nutrient dense foods impact overall health versus the cons of triggering a small reaction
  • Just a reminder that Sarah has two epic giveaways that are about to close, enter them here and here
  • Happy Thanksgiving to our listeners! Stacy encourages everyone to find a family tradition and to enjoy family time together
  • Sarah’s Thanksgiving plans
  • Stacy’s love for Sarah’s pumpkin pie recipe
  • Stacy will be sharing her epic 2015 Thanksgiving menu soon
  • And be sure to check out this holiday recovery podcast episode if you need help after Thanksgiving
  • Thank you for tuning in!
  • Outro (52:58)

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