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Symptoms of histamine intolerance - simply explained - haseklee.de

The symptoms are often similar to other intolerances, so it is rather difficult to diagnose a histamine intolerance (HIT). This can only be done by a specialist by means of a blood test or an omission diary with a food diary. Here you enter the foods you have eaten and the reactions that occur immediately or one day later. Experience has shown that foods with a high histamine content, such as cheese, wine or dark chocolate, trigger severe symptoms.

  • Headache can develop into a migraine with aura (e.g. impaired vision etc.)
  • Reddening of the skin in the neck and facial area - the so-called flush
  • Rhinitis symptoms with runny nose
  • Diarrhoea and/or flatulence
  • Dizziness and circulatory problems
  • Severe tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • abdominal pain
  • Palpitations
  • Concentration problems

The most common symptoms of histamine intolerance

Abdominal pain after eating can be caused by histamine - haseklee.de

Stomach and intestinal pain and respiratory problems

Headache and fatigue after histamine-containing food - haseklee.de

Headaches and circulatory problems

Nausea and vomiting after eating - histamine explained simply - haseklee.de

Diarrhoea and flatulence

In addition, some life circumstances can strongly promote histamine intolerance

  • Too little sleep
  • Too much heat (sun)
  • Too cold (especially in winter)
  • Too much stress, anxiety, restlessness

Medical examination and diet diary Suspected histamine intolerance

The DAO value is examined during a blood test by an internist. (DAO = diamine oxidase, the enzyme that breaks down histamine in the body).

Since the DAO value can fluctuate greatly over time due to external influences (medication, alcohol, histamine-containing food), it is definitely a good idea to keep a food diary.

Enter the following things in it:

  • What did I eat?
  • When did I eat it?
  • How long was the package open or the food cooked? (The longer a food has been open, the more histamine it contains).
  • What symptoms do I have immediately afterwards (e.g. after one hour)?
  • What symptoms do I have the next day?

How do I eat when I have a histamine intolerance?

If you have one or more reactions to the known histamine-containing foods and drinks, then you should start with an omission diet and eat a strictly low-histamine diet. Histamine-free is actually not possible, as histamine forms with prolonged standing time. If the cooked food has been ready for a long time, for example, or is reheated, the histamine content increases and the food will probably not be tolerated. Many people cannot tolerate food that has been open for a long time.

Foods you should NOT eat if you have a histamine intolerance

  • Alcohol in general
  • Wine (unless it is labelled as low histamine)
  • Energy drinks
  • Coffee and black and green tea
  • Dark chocolate
  • Strawberries
  • vinegar of any kind
  • fermented foods
  • dried fruits
  • Yeast and yeast extracts
  • Cheese (hard cheese, cheese slices)
  • rice syrup
  • Sauerkraut
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomatoes

Histamine intolerance Symptomes