Hayfever and Histamines

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I suffer from hayfever and it kills me for 4-5 months of the year. It’s got to the stage where my current max dosage of fexofenadine isn’t enough. One of the best suggestions is a change in diet. Easier said than done, right? But before I give you the list, here are what histamines are and what they do:

Histamines are neurotransmitters that can cause inflammatory responses when your immune system feels an imminent attack. As you may know, histamine can cause swelling in your blood vessels, allowing for white blood cells to find and attack the source in your body. This can lead to headaches, a flushed feeling, itchiness and miserable. Sound familiar?

If you want to keep the symptoms down, try cutting down or cutting out the following histamine-rich foods:

There are also these foods and drinks that can release histamines:

Now, I'm not a doctor and don't profess to be one so consulting your doctor would be the best solution. All diets are different and some foods are more important for your health than others so always check with a professional first. This is merely a list of foods for consideration. There are foods that can help reduce the symptoms due to their lower levels of histamines:

It's also worth mentioning to avoid ready meals and foods containing preservatives. In a nutshell (but not literally of course), fresh food cooked from scratch is your best bet to avoid histamines. Again, easier said than done in this day and age but it can really help you cope through a tough season. You don't want to stay indoors all summer, right?

(Information obtained from mindbodygreen and Histamine Intolerance. To reiterate, always consult a medical professional before undertaking changes in diet and take particular care of other allergies you may have.)
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