Antihistaminic diet is a diet designed for people who may have problems with tolerating histamine. Many types of foods contain chemical histamine, which intake, in many individuals cause allergic reactions and some unpleasant symptoms, including problems with overweight.
Histamine is an enzyme found in food and in the body, where it is stored in mast cells, which are an integral part of our immune system. It acts as a neurotransmitter that affects the rate of burning calories and affects our appetite. Its excess may result in chronic inflammation and allergic reactions.
Inability to process histamine is associated with many health problems, such as eczema, anxiety and panic attacks, asthma, rhinitis or urticaria.
Antihistaminic diet can prevent the accumulation of this enzyme in the body, which can counteract the symptoms, such as headaches, rashes, itching or vomiting.
Principles of antihistamine diet
To prevent the effects associated with histamine intolerance, should be limited, and often even completely exclude the consumption of products such as:
- foods and drinks based on fermentation – these are rich in histamine; therefore, care must be taken especially for certain cheeses, beer, wine, vinegar, pickles, sauerkraut and fermented soy products like tempeh, miso, and soy sauce,
- foods such spinach, eggplant, fish, meats, eggs, chocolate, tomatoes, pumpkin, citrus fruits, berries, raisins, dates, apricots, cherries, plums – because they contain naturally occurring histamine,
- should be avoided as well carbonated beverages rich in artificial colorants, flavors, and preservatives,
- you must be careful with spices, such as cinnamon, chili powder, cloves, anise, the nutmeg, curry powder or paprika,
- carefully you should also consume tea.
Among the products that are recommended in the diet antihistamine, include:
- some dairy products, in particular, those not fermented like milk and curd cheese or ricotta,
- bread and cereals made with unbleached flour,
- vegetables except for spinach, eggplant, tomatoes and pumpkins,
- fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, figs, melons, kiwi, mango or pear,
- freshly cooked meat and poultry – consumed after or reheated longer include quite a lot of histamine,
- nuts, seeds, and legumes except for soybeans and red beans,
- water, coffee, fruit and vegetable juices as well as alcoholic beverages like rum, gin, and vodka.
Antihistaminic diet, otherwise authorized products should help in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, weight problems associated with the accumulation of histamine, and the like. Foods that are particularly suited when using antihistamine diet, allowing combat the inflammation and stabilize mast cells with problems with a tolerance of histamine, are:
- watercress – an excellent nutritional and at the same time inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells of up to 60%,
- pea sprouts – contain high levels of diamine oxidase, which degrades the extracellular histamine, can be found as well in the peas, lentils, and chickpeas,
- onion – highly nutritious and is an important probiotic that inhibits the release of histamine and stabilize mast cells,
- garlic – it works just like an onion, it is rich in antioxidants and probiotics,
- herbs like Asian basil, moringa, thyme, tarragon, chamomile, stinging nettle, peppermint, black cumin, Thai ginger, ginger, lotus root, turmeric,
- black rice,
- mung bean sprouts.
They all appear to help stabilize the histamine in mast cells, have numerous health benefits and allow you to maintain a healthy body weight.