Saturday, August 10, 2013

Supplements to start taking now to help with histamine intolerance


 DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a medical professional and any and all info related to the ingestion of supplements and/or drugs in this post are all on you my friend. Please refer to a medical doctor if you so choose, personally I think they are all drug pushers and just want to pad the pharmaceutical companies pockets and theirs, but that's your decision to make.

Now....onward we go and we're walking, walking, walking......

Firstly you'll need to incorporate a citrus free vitamin C (citrus is NOT good for histamine intolerance). Then you'll need to take vitamin B6 with that. The vitamin C should be 1000mg and the B6 100 mg. Vitamin C and vitamin B6 are co-factors needed to make the DAO enzyme which is the enzyme that helps break down histamine in the body.  Copper is another part of that co-factor, however copper can be tricky to take and can actually be toxic to the body, so I prefer to skip that supplement altogether. I generally take 1000mg of the vitamin C twice daily and the B6 just once a day.

Next are Enzymes, which are a MUST especially for leaky gut. Histamine intolerant people need help breaking down protein in the body so it does not stay in the intestines fermenting and rotting giving off bacteria and histamine to seep out those holes in your intestinal wall back into your bloodstream. The GOLD standard in enzymes is Enzymedica brand. Start out with their Digest Gold which is a broad spectrum enzyme including several enzymes to break down protein and carbs. Then add in Vira Stop, an enzyme formula that concentrates wholly on the break down of protein. You will need to continue to take both. Start out first, with the Digest Gold taking one capsule prior to each meal. If you experience "die off" symptoms and you probably will, start slowly and take one before only one meal per day, then slowly work up to two meals, then three and then before snacks and meals. Die off can be a real bitch because nasty things are dying inside your body (old food) and letting off toxins which can cause flu like symptoms: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache and over all malaise. Once you have adapted to the Digest Gold add in Vira Stop. Now, if you didn't experience die off with Digest Gold don't count yourself as home free when starting to take the Vira Stop. Start off slow as well, ingesting just half a capsule if you must. Vira Stop is a pain in the ass for me to take personally because you either take it one hour before you eat or 2 hours after a meal. I'm not one to sit and plan and watch the clock so sometimes I screw myself out of taking them like I should. I mainly end up getting in just 2 per day, which I should definitely up. I take 2 about an hour before I go to bed so I can take my probiotic right before bed. The reason is you shouldn't take the probiotic and Vira Stop at the same time. Vira Stop can be taken as you see fit daily meaning on the back of the bottle maintenance dosages are about 2 per day and the Digest Gold is one prior to each meal but listed on the bottle it will say more may be taken. It's going to be a try and see as to how many you will feel comfortable taking and how you feel. Once your gut is healed just follow the maintenance dosage.

The next supplement. Probiotics. When you're trying to fix your gut, or just bring your body into a healthy state in general ALWAYS take a probiotic. Now, the catch 22 here is that people suffering from histamine intolerance should NOT ingest anything fermented. Ummm yea, that's what I said. However, I've not had any problems with probiotics and neither should you if you make sure you are ingesting the right species. There are two species that actually cause histamine to be released in the body and those are Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. So if you are currently taking probiotics containing one or both of these discontinue their use and change probiotics. You will notice in the pic that the particular brand I am currently using is for 50 plus years of age. Am I 50 plus? Hell no! LOL. BUT....this is the only brand I could find that contained two very important species to my condition. One being Bifido infantis and Bifido longum. The infantis is found in infants intestines and help to lower histamine in the body. Longum species helps to repair leaky gut. So basically any probiotic you can find containing both of these would be what you want to take.

Zinc is also good because it inhibits the release of histamine from the mast cells. I take 50mg per day (or try to). The reason I say this is because currently I have removed all grains from my diet and zinc can make you very nauseous if you don't take it with a heavy meal. I've been affected by this several times and it's NOT fun. So I always take it with a starch. Now I'm screwed because I've cut out grains altogether and I've tried taking it with my fresh veggies and chicken and I still get nauseated. I highly recommend this supplement though if it does not bother your stomach without taking it with a starch. However you MUST always have a good meal prior to taking this or you will get nauseated. Unless you have stomach "like bull".

Lastly in my row of drugs I take you will find Zyrtec and probably unusual to you Zantac. Wait, isn't Zantac for stomach acid? Well yup but it's also an H2 antagonist and Zyrtec is an H1 antagonist. Most antihistamines are H1 antagonists. But there are other parts of your system that release histamine. There are H1 receptors (most antihistamines cover this), H2 receptors, H3 and H4. While you'd be hard pressed to find any antihistamines for the H3 and H4 receptors, you can find one to cover H1 and H2. Most people that suffer from seasonal allergies can get away with using just an H1antihistamine. 

A quick copy and paste goin' on here: The H1 receptor is a histamine receptor belonging to the family of Rhodopsin like G-protein-coupled receptors. This receptor, which is activated by the biogenic amine histamine, is expressed throughout the body, to be specific, in smooth muscles, on vascular endothelial cells, in the heart, and in the central nervous system

The H1 receptor is also responsible for the skin. (itching, rashes etc.) An example of the smooth muscles would be the bladder for instance. Hence why I piss like a race horse 20 times a day. Yes histamine controls your bladder! Good times, dope rhymes!

Another quick copy and paste goin' on:  The H2 receptor antagonists are a class of drugs used to block the action of histamine on parietal cells in the stomach, decreasing the production of acid by these cells.

So H2 receptors are responsible for the stomach and releasing histamine there. The antagonist, Zantac, for instance blocks this action thus decreasing the production of acid by these histamine releasing cells.

So now you have a better understanding of why people suffering from histamine intolerance do better taking both an H1 and H2 inhibitor. Every time we eat histamine is being released regardless even in healthy people because during the process of digestion our stomachs release acid. (see above).

It's totally up to you as an individual if you want to flood your body with "drugs" or not. It can be hard on your liver over time to filter out such drugs. If you stay on antihistamines too long they can also cause weight gain. Not just automatically but by making you feel hungry often. I have only been taking these for a few months with no hunger issues. Of course people in my boat are mostly frightened to even eat in general LOL so I really don't see it happening to me.

I actually only started taking the antihistamines recently because I had a set back and my symptoms returned for 6 weeks straight. Although that was my own damn fault because I got cocky and quit taking my enzymes and supplements religiously and started indulging in wine and hard cheeses like an asshole. Yup I screwed up my 5 months of success and was right back in the same boat. I haven't swelled in almost 2 weeks now. So I believe my histamine bucket is now down to a level that my body can handle. I honestly believe that it takes weeks to get the damn thing empty or down to a doable level. I say this because my swellings last for weeks. I am thinking that I will soon get off the Zyrtec after my bottle is gone. Please know, however, that taking the natural supplements DO help and is what put me into remission to begin with. Like I said I just got stupid and I didn't want to deal with anymore swellings so that's why I got on the Zyrtec and Zantac.

If you are interested in incorporating the Zyrtec and Zantac into your daily regimen because your symptoms are too heavy a burden to deal with initially it is recommend that you take 10mg Zyrtec twice daily and 150mg Zantac twice daily. Yes, it's more than the recommended dosage on the package but studies suggest that if you are suffering with this condition those are the proper dosages. Please be aware that with any drug it takes time to get into your system. I have read in several places that Zyrtec can take a good 2-4 weeks to fully flood your system. I would personally say it took me about 2 weeks. Everyone is different however.

Added goody: When I was referring to histamine "bucket" here's a visual:
 
Next up...Could it be Candida that's causing your histamine intolerance?

51 comments:

  1. Hi Dani! How would you recommend taking those supplements and zyrtec/zantac? Like which ones with breakfast, lunch and dinner and what not? Whats the best way to stack them in your opinion? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi thank you so much for reading my blog! I used to take the Zyrtec and Zantac twice daily. I would take one of each in the morning with breakfast and then again one of each in the evening with supper. Regarding all other supplements listed the amounts are listed in the blog entry. I usually took them all with food though. Except of course the ViraStop it has to be taken either an hour before you eat or two hours after. Hope this helps! Also on a side note the probiotics I was taking have changed their formula unfortunately so be careful if you buy this one pictured and check the label. It'll still say for over 50 but they've changed the formula and added in Lactobacillus casei I believe. I wish you much success in getting better it WILL happen it did for me (and I'm far from normal LMFAO) so I know it will help everyone!

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply and it was MY PLEASURE! Your blog is fantastic and was a joy to read! I have a question regarding your dietary choices: Why did you choose to eat a low carb diet and avoid grains and starchy vegetables like squashes when they are all low histamine? Also are you still symptom free and can you eat whatever you want now that you have healed your gut? Also how did you confirm in the first place that you had a histamine intolerance? Was there a test the doc gave you? Thanks!

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    3. Thank you so much for the compliment! I cut out all grains because they cause inflammation in the body and with holes in your gut you don't want anymore inflammation because that's what caused it all to begin with. So if you're adding more inflammation you're kind of undoing any "repair work" that you start. I really wasn't purposely trying to go low carb at all just cut out grains. Of course potatoes screwed me up and that just happened to be a starch/carb. I ate only the things I knew didn't affect me which was like only 10 things. Yes, I am thankfully still symptom free and can eat whatever I want it's great! It took me 10 months after I figured out what was wrong with me to heal my self. It was a long road but so worth it. Actually I never went to a doctor to get diagnosed. There really is no specific test not even a DAO test will help because doctors don't have a baseline of how much DAO should be in the body to begin. I first went to an acupuncturist but that didn't do shit so I just researched until my eyes bugged out of my head from staring at a computer screen and bingo I found exactly my symptoms. I was initially scared I had mast cell disorder which can be deadly in the extremes. I was just lucky I was able to self diagnose and find info regarding the leaky gut which ultimately caused my histamine issue and the supplements to take! That's why I made this blog so others didn't have to go through 6 months of research to figure out what the hell was wrong with them lol. I'm so happy that I'm starting to get people emailing me about more info I'm happy that I can help people as I know this condition sucks ass! :0....Please keep me posted on your progress, I know you will get better!

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  2. Man, I wish I would have found your blog sooner! I have been working on my histamine intolerance for a few months now and my eczema is better and I still get headaches from time to time but no migraines. I still get brain fog and really bad fatigue. I have been taking Quercetin as antihistamine, Vit C, and Calcium & Magnesium. I have VIt B6 but I heard it is dangerous so I am scared to take it, have you heard this? I have tried Histame but find that Histamine Block from Seeking Health works better and they are stronger so you take less. I finally realized that it is not just histamine intolerance but I would have to heal my gut too. So I heard glutamine is necessary but it gave me a bad reaction despite a lot of success reported by many others. I wound up purchasing Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Aloe Vera, Zinc, & NOW brand digestive enzyme. Oh and also found the infant probiotic from Seeking Health as well. I just got them all delivered today, but daaamn your way sounds a lot easier! Needless to say this has been an expensive problem! Perhaps after I run out of these supplements I will purchase the same as yours. I appreciate you writing this blog, its so awesome because everything I else I read about healing your gut does not take into consideration people with histamine intolerance.

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  3. Sorry I don't mean to be blowing up your blog, but I had a question. These "die off" symptoms you speak of, how long do they normally last? I would like to prepare myself and not have any big meetings the day before I start.

    Also wanted to give myself a big slap on the head because I never even thought about a citrus free vitamin C...duh!! I don't know why that did not cross my mind. Thanks for that!

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    1. Hi thank you for reading my blog and I appreciate all of your input :). I understand that this is a frustrating AND expensive condition to have lol. I wanted to first say that I would get the Enzymedica brand enzymes as these are supposed to be one of the best out there. I don't get a "kick back" or anything from pushing this brand but it is the brand that I used and now after 10 months I am completely healed and can eat whatever I want. I would for sure try them after you have finished with your NOW brand. I have never heard anything about the dangers of Vitamin B6 and it's actually one of the only supplements aside from probiotics that I currently still take. So I will need to look into that and see what that is all about. Regarding the die off, I didn't experience any initially because I started off slowly with like half pills for a few days then only 1 full pill for two days with a meal then added another 1/2 for two days on top of the whole pill etc etc. until I worked up to one full pill with every meal. I worked my way up slowly initially with the ViraStop too eventually taking 6 per day (I'd just wait and pop them all before bed). However as mentioned in a previous post I was a bit cocky and like an asshole quit taking my supps for like a week and ate whatever I wanted so of course I ended up with an episode so I immediately started back to my last dosage of 6 Virastops before bed....baaaaad move I got so nauseated , I just felt like shit all day into the evening but by the next day I was fine. It felt like a really bad hang over from drinking to many screwdrivers, ya know with that orange juice messing up your stomach making you pukey feeling all day? So for me it only lasted 24 hours but it may be different for you because I had previously been taking them for some time so my body didn't have that much dead protein in my gutt to break down initially like somebody like you who wasn't on them previously and has a shit ton to break down, so yours could last longer it's hard to tell. But I'm guessing that if you start out as slow as I did originally you shouldn't have a problem at all. But if you get ballsy and just start popping them in full before every meal in the beginning you may just want to die. lol.

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  4. Ok I guess I will start on a weekend and clear my schedule early in the week, lol! Doesn't sound like it will be pretty for me!

    Regarding Vitamin B6 here is the article that freaked me out about it http://histamino.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/warning-for-vitamin-b6/ I was previously taking 100mg up until I read this and got scared. These days I cut them in 4 and take 25mg, but I would love to up the dose and get this show on the road!

    Thanks for the input on supplements, I prefer to take advice from someone who has been there. You wouldn't BELIEVE how many I have tried, I don't think I would be able to fit it in one photo like you can! Your method seems so simple, I can't wait to clean out my cupboard and try it that way.

    I have definitely been that "asshole" before and thinking I was feeling better so decided to splurge on my vacation and wound up back where I started. Fortunately (I guess?) my symptoms didnt include swelling or hives. I get migraines, eczema, brain fog, and instantly passing out after I ate then waking up feeling like I was out partying all night and I would feel hungover for days. I would get eczema on my face but no swelling or anything like that so I don't think I need Zantac. At this point from the work I have done over the past few months already got my eczema is under control and I have not had a migraine in about 5 months. Still get headaches, brain fog and fatigue when I accidentally (or purposely experiment) eat something I shouldn't or work out too hard so I am hoping my situation is not too extreme, but we will see what the enzymes determine. Thanks again for your reply!

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    1. Well the Zantac actually helps control the histamine released in the stomach after eating a meal. So it may be something you'd want to look into if only for the short term and see how you feel because in general it's still histamine being released with every meal and if you can stop that with Zantac your after effects may be less severe. I would also take my Zyrtec in the morning so it naturally was taken prior to working out since I go to the gym in the mornings and I felt it helped immensely with my histamine especially during cardio.

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  5. May I ask how much probiotics you take? Thanks!

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    1. Back when I was sick I took about 8 before bed(therapeutic dose), now I only take 1 before bed each night (Prophylactic dose).

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    2. Sorry if I am driving crazy with all my questions, I am just wondering what brand this was as well? I tried to determine from your photo but cant see how many billion you took. The one I take is Seeking Health ProBiota Bifido and is super expensive, I am hoping your might be less.

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    3. Hi Kay, Unfortunately the brand in this pic has changed the ingredients in this particular one so try as I might can no longer find it with the "old" cultures. But no that I am healed I use the same brand but with the cultures that would affect the average histamine sicko so at this point in the game I really can't suggest one to you. There are others out there that don't have the histamine causing cultures but they will cost you a weeks worth of pay....okay so I'm exaggerating here but you get the point. LOL

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    4. Thank you for blogging how you healed your HIT!!! There is SO LITTLE information on healing this condition online, and so many sources saying that it can't be healed, but only managed. I wonder if you can tell me, Dani, whether you took the 8 probiotic capsules all at the same time, right before bed, or if you took them spaced out throughout the day. Thanks!!

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  6. Hey Dani, I actually managed to find the one in the photo and it does not contain the Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus bulgaricus you mentioned is bad and does contain the ones Bifido infantis and Bifido longum that you mentioned is good. I got it on Amazon if you are interested. I hope this is the right one because I just got them today and planned on trying them tonight.

    All these supplements have caused me more than a weeks pay so far, but I have been feeling better ever since I have been following the same guidelines as you so it is worth it! I also cut out grains as you suggested and added Borage Oil too. I am just starting to up my virastop to 3 today. Thank goodness for your site :-)

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    1. Actually I think that's where I got my last bottle from but the box looked beat up and I figured that since they no longer sell this "version" in stores they were old ones laying around somewhere lol. So I never went on to reorder plus if I remember right at the time I purchased they only had like three left in stock. So glad you are feeling better!! Yea!!! Keep me posted. Just be careful and don't get too "cocky" and start eating histamine foods too soon I'd wait until around the 6th month mark and then begin introducing them back into your diet (considering you haven't had any episodes up until that point). I was healed in approx. 8 months. but I got cocky around the 3 month mark and had and episode :(

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    2. I know this has been a few years, but how long do you take the Zantac for?

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  7. I have actually been on a low histamine diet since December but would get sick when I would reintroduce foods so I have finally realized that I need to heal my gut and only been taking action for about 2 1/2 months and already have been able to tolerate small amounts of "no-no" foods I think because I have brought my levels down so low in addition to taking your advice. I have already hit the point where I got cocky on my NYC vacation in February where I thought taking a ton of Histame would allow me to eat whatever I wanted...WRONG! So I too learned the hard way. Before I found your blog I was just buying supplements willy nilly and now I feel like I have a plan and it really is working :-)

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  8. Update on the probiotics I have been buying them directly from the manufacturers website www.renewlife.com for about $7 less than Amazon. The bottle goes so fast (currently I am taking 4 a day / 100 billion units) and only lasts a week in additional to all the other supplements I am taking so I am down with all the savings I can get

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  9. Hey Dani,

    Just wanted to know if you ever tried L-Glutamine? I see it in so many articles as being essential to healing the gut quickly, but I noticed that you did not use it so I am wondering if there is a reason? I have seen articles where they suggest using 20-30 grams a day. Personally I always try small dosages first to see how I react and when I took 500mg capsule I felt really weird so I never took it again but I heard it is better to take the powder so I am wondering if it something worth exploring again. Anyway any insight would be appreciated!

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    1. Yes, I read all about L-Glutamine and ordered the powder, however it was so disgusting I never could choke it down. It literally tasted like moldy bitter cheese ...gross. If you can choke it down I would suggest the powder (plain). Anything flavored isn't supposed to be good for you. Personally I have no idea if it really does help or not but have read extensive research where it does, so have a go! :)

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    2. Hey Kay, I completely forgot about food combining. You had mentioned in another post that you were having problems with "looking like you're with child" because of digestion issues. It may be that your combining your food wrong for easy digestion. Being that you are eating more fruit now especially if you are eating melon, you need to eat it by itself or not at all. Fruit digest super quick and if you eat it with starch or protein in slows down the process so the fruits will ferment in the gut causing bloating and gas. So, on that note and an easy rule of thumb to follow is to eat fruit on an empty stomach, by itself 20 minutes before you eat anything else. Additionally never combine starch with protein. Protein and veggies are fine, starch and veggies are fine. Also when eating protein keep it to one protein per meal so it's not so hard to digest. Like try not to eat cheese (if you can tolerate it yet) with beef or chicken etc. Also never mix any dairy with fruit (reiterating the fact of eating fruit by itself never with anything else.) Here's a visual to help you better see, http://www.healthy-weight-loss-help.com/food-combining-chart.html it has a printable list on there to hang on your fridge. Let me know if this helps any. :)

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  10. Thanks so much for your reply!! Sorry for my delay in response, I actually just got back from vacation which I was SO SCARED about because these days I do not eat more than one meal at a time outside of my own kitchen. I am happy to report that aside from one headache and a little fatigue no real big issues! I did the best I could to eat well, but had to make some compromises (had some flour tortillas, mozzarella sticks, oatmeal & pasta) and just took extra DAO / Histamine Block, Vit C, & Enzymes.

    Not sure if I will try L-Glutamine at this point since it seems I am getting better, unless this changes. I was just wondering if HIT sufferers are not allowed to take this since I would not be surprised at another catch22. I do already have some so maybe Ill think about it.

    I think you may be right about food combining because I do tend to eat fruit as dessert after a meal sometimes or with cottage cheese so this may be the culprit! Sometimes I do eat it by itself too, Ill just start paying attention to when I feel like im in the 3rd trimester. I think I do recall one day we were going around the island (I live in Hawaii) and all I ate was fruit because everything else that was packed was on the no-no list and that day I was super bloated but probably just excess fiber.

    I will give this a try and let you know how it goes, thanks! :-)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you are getting better YEEEEEAAAH!!!!! Isn't it wonderful? I remember that ah ha moment where I was like YESSSSSS I can start eating normal again. I'm so happy for you!!! Please let me know how the food combining thing goes and see if that helps :) I love fruit too especially strawberries in my kale salad but alas, I'm not that fun to hang out with after if you get my "drift" no pun intended hahahah. Hawaii must be awesome I'm jealous although Florida has great weather too it's not half as beautiful as Hawaii! Keep me posted! Have a great week.

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  11. In an effort to not confuse anyone who reads my above post, I just want to mention some of the foods I listed (oatmeal for example) are not high in histamine, I have just cut out grains per Dani's suggestion since she mentions that grains make inflammation worse and this is what causes HIT.

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  12. Which protein bars do u order from vitacost.com?

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    1. Hey Emily. Dani orders the Quest Chocolate Brownie bars. I too, was worried about my protein intake because I read it is also important for healing the gut. I use hemp protein in my green smoothies and eat fresh meat, but didnt feel it was enough. I ordered some Quest bars as well, but I was a little too scared to order the chocolate, so i got the Apple Pie and Vanilla Almond Crunch and I did not get any reactions from it so I am happy! I am not too thrilled about the sucralose but they also have bars that have stevia so I am going to try the Cinnamon Roll next since I know I do ok with cinnamon. I bought mine on Amazon because of the free shipping with Prime. And just a heads up they also have new Protein Chips I decided to try and they taste pretty awful to me so be advised if you were debating on that. Hope that helps

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    2. Emily, the Quest bars are fabulous I personally eat the chocolate brownie. Even though I am now healed and can eat cinnamon etc. I still stick with the chocolate brownie. There a huge amount of flavors to choose from. I would try to find a health food store first near you that carries them and that way you can try one at a time to make sure you don't have a reaction to something in them. Then when you find one you can tolerate I would recommend going on Vitacost.com and ordering them by the case. They have free shipping when you order $50 or more. Plus you can choose to be placed on the auto delivery option where they ship about every 30 days or less (you choose the option and how many days) if you do the auto delivery option you get them even cheaper by the case. You can also find Quest bars at The Vitamin Shoppe and Dick's Sporting goods. They do now make chips as well as pasta. I have not tried the pasta yet but I will :). The chips, in my opinion or great. The sea salt flavor I admit are bland by themselves but I love them dipped in hummus. The BBQ are perfect eaten alone, love them! I order them by the case for after gym workouts! Quick and easy and full of protein. However those that are lactose intolerant are out of luck as the protein is derived from whey. But celiacs will love them because they are gluten free! Best protein bar on the market tons of fiber, tons of protein, low low sugar and just deeeelish!

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    3. Hi Dani, I know this is an older thread but my low histamine, leaky gut search has brought me to you. Yippee! I am on week 2 of gut healing (no dairy, grains) and histamine elimination diet. Took me a long time to figure out my inflamed nasal passages, tinnitus and dizziness/nausea after eating are coming from a leaky gut which in turn sends out the histamine. Anyway, I love Quest bars but wonder about the whey and the leaky gut issue. I'd be happy if I could eat one apple pie a day. What are your thoughts on this. I'm also worried about weight loss. Yeah go figure but my weight was perfect when I started this. I do Pilates 3 times a week and elliptic 3 times a week and walk every day. I have lost 3 lbs week one. Don't want to loose any more. A daily Quest bar would help!

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  13. I have been suffering from HI since January of this year. It is the most horrible thing I've been through and I've had cancer....seriously��! I have a question about the enzymes....I've actually tried taking both the Digest Gold and the ViraStop before and both gave me horrible nausea, dizziness and I was basically in the fetal position for several hours waiting for it to pass. I even tried just a sprinkle on my food of the Digest Gold and had the same reaction. I thought I was having some kind of reaction but maybe it was die off? I am now using Gastro by Enzymatic and I'm doing fine with it although it is low in proteases. Do you have any suggestions how I could start it and not get such an extreme reaction? How many days before my body starts adjusting? I already feel like crap most of the time so self inflicted torture is not high on my to do list, ha ha! Also, could you elaborate on the ethanol production statement you made in a previous post? I do feel like I'm walking around intoxicated a lot and no alcohol has crossed these lips in months!
    You mention food rotation which I've read a lot about but how do you do that on such a limited diet?? I eat super healthy, striclybveggies, fruit and chicken/ beef a few times a week. I've also cut out all grains and don't do well with beans or lentils. I'm struggling to eat enough protein and I eat some kind of winter squash or sweet potato every day. I've lost 20 lbs and only started at 125 (I'm 5-7) so I can't afford to not eat. I just seriously feel so confused and conflicted every day and I hate how this has made me afraid and question everything I eat! Just don't think I have enough safe foods to spread them out over 4 days....

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  14. Ok weird, this box won't let me fix typos then continue, so forgive ipad typos!

    Where was I... LmGlutamine gave me a ridiculously HUGE appetite. It eventually turned on me and started giving me stomach issues. I stopped and never went back because it got so bad.

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  15. Still having posting issues.m ok, Zantac gave me severe heartburn! Ironic, I'm scared to try it again. Like a masochist, I think I will try the above mix of potions and see if it fixes me.mthe best I ever felt was when I ate nothing but chicken, lentils, black beans. I got down to 107 lbs / size 4 (I'm 5'2) and the less I ate the more I felt FANTASTIC with energy, a good attitude and less itchy skin and coughing up/vomiting that clear mucous. But alas, years and years and years later and I'm in shitsville again. Can't even brush my teeth without getting a mouthful of clear mucous coming up from my throat and down from my sinus.

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  16. Hello - I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. About two years ago I started to swell, my eyes, stomach, extremities were all puffy. I was constantly exhausted, had stomach issues as well as joint pain. I could barely think straight. I went to an allergist because allergies run in my family. She didn’t perform any food allergy testing, but rather just the environmental testing. As it turns out I am allergic to the usual, dog, cat, trees, grass, pollen, mold, dust etc. What I didn't notice at the time and the doctor didn't even mention it was that the histamine control was a 4, which by their standards is the most severe allergy. I am Italian and I love wine. I drank a lot of wine, both red and white (Chardonnay). About 3 weeks ago I had surgery and was down pretty hard. I was on pain meds and did not have any alcohol during my recovery period. I basically lived off homemade soups and carrots. To my surprise my puffiness decreased, my eyes especially were not as puffy and my joint pain had decreased. It was then that I decided to research what ingredient(s), besides the obvious in wine causes the most allergic reaction in people. And there it was the word, histamine. I went back to my allergy profile and sure enough the histamine control was a 4. I also ate a lot of lunch meat, salami and processed foods. Basically, all of the foods that are high in histamine. I don't understand why the doctors didn't catch this before. I still have a long way to go and I need to lower my histamine levels in my body. That is what I was researching when I came across your blog. This is very helpful and I plan to try your regime. I think the hardest thing for me is understanding what I can eat. I work a full-time stressful job and do not have time to come home and cook fresh every night. I’m willing to try. I am starting to feel a bit better just in the three weeks that I gave up alcohol and trying my best to stay away from the processed foods and the main culprits. Thank you for your help. I plan to continue to visit your blogs.

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    1. Hi Marcia- Thank you for your comment, unfortunately doctors here in the states are clueless regarding HI I have found the most knowledgeable to be in Germany. I know cooking fresh is a pain in the ass but is a must with this condition. Once you find the foods that do work (see my list) you should plan your meals on a 4 day rotation so as not to make your body become allergic to those foods. I could only eat like 8-10 foods so I'm sure you know that if you eat the same thing day in and day out your body will develop an allergy to it (like this all you need to hear lol) so it's best when working with such a small amount of foods to rotate them every 4 days. Please take the enzymes I recommended as these are what will ultimately heal you. Zyrtec and Zantac are up to you I added those to help alleviate any "outbreaks" if you will (swollen boxer eyes). I wish you much health and please keep me posted. Best wishes.

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  17. Hi, I can't make out the brand of probiotic you are taking. What is it?
    Thanks!

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    1. It's Ultimate Flora RTS Senior Care. 6 strains, green box

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  19. You're awesome, and have been more helpful than any other article or author that I've found so far. I intend to follow most of your guidelines here, and see if I can get healed. I was told by some to detoxify and heal my liver too. I saw an acupuncturist who gave me temporary relief, but I want to get rid of this completely . I used to have no allergies or reactions to food - want to get back to that.

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  20. I have tried the "safe" probiotics and also started out with digest basic(figured I would work my way up to gold). Howeve I have histamine reactions to it. Is this normal die off? I keep quitting taking it because I feel even more horrible on it. Should I just try powering through it all? How long would it on average take before I stop reacting to it?

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  21. I have tried the "safe" probiotics and also started out with digest basic(figured I would work my way up to gold). Howeve I have histamine reactions to it. Is this normal die off? I keep quitting taking it because I feel even more horrible on it. Should I just try powering through it all? How long would it on average take before I stop reacting to it?

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    1. Hi Rebecca, how many pills are you taking of the digest basic? You MUST start with very small dosages once a day and then work your way up this could be why you feel so awful. But yes, die off is normal but you shouldn't feel pukey or nasty unless you're taking too much to start off.

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  22. Thanks for this blog, so helpful. Curious: Why dont you take Diamine oxidase supplement? Also, for people interested in L-glutamine there is a great product called Intestinew (very expensive) From Renew life as well which has that and a few other key gut healing factors in it. You mix in water and drink on an empty stomach (easy for all of us who cant eat anything lol) and it doesnt really have much taste. I have found it to work great in the past.

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    1. I have been cured of my HI for quite some time so back when I was sick I hadn't heard of Diamine Oxidase supplement. 😊

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  24. Hi, I'm writing from Croatia..your blog is a real discovery :-))) thank you. one question, is there someone with HI experienced problems with intolerance to everything that is in contact with skin such as...soap, toothpaste, any creams, lotions, deo, but i mean evrything, except water..and if i put something, just a little amount, i've got a terrible sensation like hard palpitation, nausea, vertigo ecc it is very unpleasant. i've tried everything and what remains is plain water. do you know if this is conected with HI-h1 receptor..thanks and best regards dasha

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    1. Hi Dasha, thank you for visiting my blog. I absolutely believe anything placed on the skin topically could in fact cause a histamine reaction. Particularly if the topical contains sodium benzoate, a known histamine liberator. However if you're only experiencing reactions from topicals it may not necessarily be a histamine intolerance it could be that you just have extremely sensitive skin and if you investigate the labels I'm sure you will find an ingredient that is probably in all of the topicals that could be the culprit. However if you experience HI when you eat foods than most likely it is HI that your experiencing with topicals.

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  25. thank you very much for replying,
    actually must be that it has to do with something else, because i was making my one cosmetics for years with all tested and healthy ingredients and it has started two years ago..until I developed intolerance towards everything that has contact with my skin, except the water..in a few days I will do tests in immune hospital and i will let you know the news..
    best dasha:-)

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    1. I know it's been a while since your post, but after suffering from HI for a couple of years I got to the point where my already sensitive skin reacted to any cleanser or moisturizer I tried to use no matter how mild or expensive. Out of desperation I started just using water and raw honey to cleanse my face. It's been a few months and my skin is much calmer and clear of most breakouts. Having something calming to cleanse my face allowed me to use a mild commercial moisturizer from the health food store. Hope this helps others.

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  26. Hello fellow sufferers. Has anyone had problems after supplementing with L Glutamine and NAC? I am having more flare ups.

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  27. I have not been able to tolerate either supplement.

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