Over the past fifteen years I have been a dedicated gym goer. Not only did I go to the gym to keep healthy, but also to lose weight. Weight has always been a skeleton in my closet that kept rearing its nasty head every so often. By the time I turned 35, things started to change - drastically. I was going to the gym, and I did feel stronger, but there was this layer of fat on top of it that would not go away. I felt bloated. All. The. Time. I would wake up in the morning and feel pretty good, by the afternoon my skirt didn't fit anymore. I knew something was wrong.
I looked to my diet to see what was going on...I thought I had some bacterial infection. SIBO? Candida? Gluten sensitivity? I started a food journal for more investigation and nothing alarming came up. So what the hell was it?
I went to see a colleague of mine, whom had known a great deal about my past health conditions and what came out of it was histamines. In 2016, I did a 30-day anti-histamine protocol with great results. I didn't feel bloated all the time. I lost about 12 pounds, (all water) and I felt really good. I spoke to my mother about her health conditions and if any one else in the family had similar symptoms. I knew on my father's side seasonal allergies were rampant. I had severe allergic reactions to pet dander, fruits and nuts and tree pollen.
My two hands - see the difference?
A few months ago I noticed a flare of Rheumatoid Arthritis, (RA), an autoimmune disease where my body believes the fluid in my joints is foreign and is causing inflammation. It's challenging to make a fist right now as my hands are so inflamed. Doctors still don't know the actual cause of RA, but know that it is likely genetic, (my mom has it), that there are some common factors that can cause it, like: environment, stress, another autoimmune disease, (I have Graves' Disease), hormonal, amongst others.
So I have decided.
To change my life.
To adopt an anti-histamine lifestyle.
What the heck is it?
A histamine intolerance is not a sensitivity to histamine, but rather that you have too much of it in your system. Histamine is a chemical that has many functions in the body like:
Neurotransmitter: Sends messages to your brain
Digestion: Tells your stomach to make stomach acid
Immune response: releases it into your body to help with intruders
When histamine levels get too high or the body can't break it down, it interferes with normal body functions. Many of these symptoms can be similar to other disorders, so it is really important to consult with a Health Care Practitioner, (like me), to find the root cause.
The Healing Method
There are a few options to start the healing process.
Diamine oxidase is an enzyme that breaks down histamine. This is not widely available within Canada and is a little pricey. Here is one company that does sell and ship to Canada. But this is only a bandaid. It will help your symptoms when y