Histamine Intolerance

Histamine intolerance is a relatively common condition. Symptoms are usually similar to that of allergy so they can often be misdiagnosed or left untreated.  Symptoms may include:

  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Bloated or cramping stomach
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Asthma or breathing problems

It is often difficult to distinguish between an immediate allergy (Type 1 allergy), a delayed allergy/intolerance (Type 111 food allergy), or a histamine intolerance as the symptoms can often be identical.

If a Type 1 Allergy is ruled out, a histamine intolerance could very well be the cause of some of these symptoms.

Thanks to a new, low-cost histamine intolerance test, it's very simple to confirm whether or not you are histamine intolerant so you can solve the problem through simple dietary changes. 

Ask Yourself the Following Questions:

  • Do you experiences headaches or other symptoms after drinking alcohol (usually wine), eating chocolate or cheese?
  • Do you tend to sweat excessively at night?
  • Do you suffer hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)?
  • Do you experience sea sickness on boats?
  • For females: do you experience abdominal cramping prior to or during menstruation?
  • Do you suffer excessive or long-lasting reactions following mosquito bites (swelling/itching)?

If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the above questions, you may have a histamine intolerance.

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Histamine Intolerance Test

What Is Histamine Intolerance?

Histamine is indispensable for the human body since it fulfils vital functions. For example, it helps to regulate the function of the gut and to dilate blood vessels when irritation is present. It is both produced in the body and taken in with food in various quantities.

A histamine intolerance occurs when the enzyme Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is inhibited or deficient, and has trouble breaking down the histamine in foods.  The DAO enzyme is responsible for the break down of histamine in the body, ensuring excess histamine is flushed – without it your body builds up an unhealthy amount of histamine, which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms after consuming foods that are high in histamine.  These foods can include:

  • Some fish such as: Tuna, Sardines, Mackerel and Herring
  • Some cheeses such as: Emmental cheese, Parmesan, Gouda and Gorgonzola
  • Some vegetables such as: Spinach, Eggplant and Avocados
  • Processed meats such as: Salami, Ham, Sausages and cold cuts
  • Wine (in particular red wine), Sparkling wine, Champagne, Dessert wines
  • Beer (in particular wheat beer)
  • Balsamic vinegar

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There are also several foodstuffs that release histamine into the body. These include: alcohol, bananas, nuts, chocolate and cocoa, wheat germ, black and green tea, eggs, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit, papaya, raspberries, pears, tomatoes, citrus fruits, pulses.

If one or more of these foodstuffs tend to trigger typical symptoms, you may have a histamine intolerance.

Why do I need to know if I am histamine intolerant?

For some people, the symptoms of histamine intolerance may be debilitating, but others may only experience milder problems. Even these mild symptoms shouldn’t be ignored because they are messages from your body – it's telling you that your system isn't working effectively.

Ignoring symptoms or taking a long time to find out their cause can lead to more serious illness or long term damage. All this can be avoided by simply taking the histamine intolerance test.

Histamine Intolerance has been connected to the following conditions:

  • Migraine/headache
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Tachycardia
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmia
  • Low blood pressure
  • Menstrual pain
  • Common cold
  • Dry nose
  • Asthma
  • Depressions
  • Itching and/or red skin

How do I know if I have it?

Statistics say that this acquired disease affects 1% of the population. Finding out if you have it is as easy as taking a simple but thorough blood test designed to test the levels of Diamine Oxidase (DAO) in your blood.

You can order the test online and we'll take care of the rest. At just AUD$150, the histamine intolerance test is a cost-effective way to gain more insight into your symptoms so you can explore appropriate solutions.

What do I do next?

If you think you might be suffering from a Histamine Intolerance, you have the following options:

By the next business day, we will send you the forms and kit for you to get started.

Once we receive your blood samples we arrange for the specialised histamine test to be performed before advising you of your results within 2 weeks.

  • Contact us to discuss your specific situation and symptoms.

We look forward to helping you get answers and improve your health.