From sleep cycles to the proper functioning of the immune and nervous systems, histamine plays an important role in daily life. Your body produces histamine on its own, and you can also ingest it through many different foods — especially fermented and mature foods.
When healthy, your body doesn’t tend to absorb histamine from food because it’s broken down by the DAO (Diamine Oxidase) enzyme. When you don’t have enough of that enzyme in your system, though, it can lead to a histamine overload — i.e, a histamine intolerance.
If you’re managing a histamine intolerance, here are three tips to help you minimize your symptoms.
1. adjust your diet
If your body is struggling to produce the DAO enzyme, the last thing you want to do is overload it with histamine. As with most intolerances, a natural solution to this problem is to adjust your diet.
Histamine is found in many different foods. These span the gamut, from vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, and spinach, to dried fruits, aged cheese, and even dry sausage and fresh fish. Alcohol is also a culprit, as are spices.
First off, we hear you sighing. And yes, it’s hard to cut all of these things out of your diet. But remember, this isn’t an allergy. This is a histamine intolerance we’re talking about. That means you don’t need to completely avoid trigger foods.
Simply reducing your histamine intake is helpful. Look for ways you can adjust your current dietary behaviors to naturally lower your histamine uptake on a daily basis.
2. take DAO supplements
Once you’ve paired down your dietary histamine uptake, it’s time to consider how you can beef up the level of the DAO enzyme present in your system. Supplements are a safe and simple way to do this.
Intoleran’s cozidase is a good starting point. This is a supplement loaded with vitamins B6 and C, as well as zinc and copper. All of these are essential nutrients for the creation of, you guessed it, DAO. Taking cozidase twice a day with meals is a great way to boost your body’s inherent ability to create the histamine-digesting DAO enzyme.
In addition to cozidase’s long-term support on your body’s natural histamine production, you can also use our DAO mini and DAO plus supplements. Both of these give your body an additional dose of DAO enzymes. (DAO plus also includes vitamin C and Quercetin, which help with histamine-intolerance support.)
As an additional note, it can take a while for histamine levels to lower in your body. It’s recommended that you take DAO mini or plus three times a day with meals along with a low-histamine diet before gauging its effectiveness. Once there is a noticeable reduction in symptoms, you can gradually re-introduce histamine to see how much your body can handle at a time along with the supplemental support.
3. check your medications
Finally, there’s one more area to consider if you want to avoid ongoing issues with histamine intolerance: medication. We’re not talking about taking the right medications to help with histamine levels, though. We’re talking about avoiding the wrong ones. There are many medications that can spike histamine levels in the body, including:
- Muscle relaxants
- GI medications
If you’re currently taking any of these, you may want to talk with your doctor. Ask them if your medication could be contributing to high histamine levels and see if there are any alternatives that won’t exacerbate your intolerance.
managing histamine intolerance
Histamine intolerance and its accompanying symptoms can be an unpleasant and, at times, even painful experience. But you don’t have to muscle through the pain.
From diet to supplements to medications, there are multiple ways you can lower your histamine levels on a regular basis. All it requires is a little effort and a willingness to invest in a healthier, happier lifestyle.