Histamine – PMS & Anxiety pt 3
Now for the conclusion of Histamine – PMS & Anxiety.
Over the last two months I have been talking to you about how histamine influences oestrogen, and how this in turn (in some of you) causes PMS and anxiety. AND just to complicate things a little, how the health of your digestive system also directly/indirectly influences and affects histamine and oestrogen activity.
This interwoven set of compounds, enzymes and digestive functions cannot be separated. Therefore, making it hard to say which came first.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for you, as there are several things that you can do to support the breakdown of histamine and oestrogen from your system.
It just means that you have to do a little rework of how you shop and eat. But it can also mean having to add in extra nutrients, due to deficiencies.
Just remember, that when addressing hormonal issues it can take time, at least 3-6 months!! So be patient and kind with yourself, especially as these imbalances did not happen overnight.
How to support Histamine and Oestrogen clearance
In order for you to support the clearance of histamine and oestrogen, to put them back in balance, it will require a few steps.
- Repair and heal intestinal system
- Rebalance your microbiome
- Support liver detoxphase 1 and 2
- Reduce inflammation
- Supplement with nutrients and/or herbs
- Diet modification
- Possibly blood tests, hair mineral analysis
What to avoid
To begin with, start by reducing inflammation via food and healing your gut. So you need to remove high histamine foods from your diet! This will not be easy, as I’m sure you’ll find that these are your favourite foods.
But, in order to calm down your overactive immune system, you need to remove the fuel that is firing it. Some of these items are –
- Fermented foods
- Cold meats
To the above list of foods to avoid, you should also include going gluten and dairy free. This is to support gut healing and repair, for optimal uptake of nutrients and elimination of excess unwanted by products.
Depending on how bad your symptoms maybe, you might need an anti-inflammatory and liver clearance herbal mix to really get that antihistamine clearance effect.
Histamine Reducing Foods
You can also get this antihistamine and liver support activity with some foods such as-
- Bitter herbs
- Red onion
- Black tea – note, black tea may aggravate this situation in some.
These foods help provide your body with –
- Quercetin, Rutin – natural anti histamine
- Bromelain – natural anti histamine and digestive enzyme
- Vitamin C -natural anti histamine, supports immune system
- Cofactors for liver detox phases 1 & 2
- DIM – supports oestrogen clearance (Diindolylmethane ), when you eat all of those lovely cruciferous vegetables!
Where to from here?
Most of you can introduce these food changes easily, one at a time.
I hope that this has helped you to have a better understanding of the interaction between histamine-PMS-Anxiety. It was a bit of a windy road, but you got there!
Some of you may need extra support as this may all be a little overwhelming for you to navigate. Or due to the fact that some of your concerns are not improving.
This is where I fit in the picture, guiding you with individualised care and prescription of certain nutraceutical and/or herbal mixes to address your specific situation. And if needed, I can test you for other underlying issues, which can be contributing to your concerns.
Call me to make an appointment or book online.
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