Each year, an increasing number of people are diagnosed with histamine and lactose intolerance, with 2% of the population suffering from histamine intolerance alone. Since the phenomena has only recently been brought to the attention of medical professionals, many people suffer symptoms and considerable discomfort for years without being properly diagnosed.

What is histamine intolerance?

A histamine intolerance is when your body deviates from the ideal histamine range, affecting your mental and physical wellbeing.

Histamine is released from your own body storage or it’s supplied through food. A healthy person is able to break down the histamine fast enough – so no problems there. But if, for whatever reason, you have too much histamine for the body to break down, then the level of histamine in the body gets too high. If the individual tolerance threshold is exceeded, it leads to a variety of symptoms.

There can be many sources for developing histamine intolerance. Any diseases or disturbing factors can cause the metabolic process of histamine to be changed. Usually, factors are a combination of external as well as internal factors including nutrition, as well as the release of histamine by your own body, psychological distress and many more. A lot of foods contain histamine but food also act as a liberator, causing the body to release histamine.

Living with a histamine and lactose intolerance

As the condition includes an intolerance to a wide and varied selection of basic ingredients (such as wheat, soy, tomatoes, avocados, lemon and most nuts), the limitation presented an opportunity for me to create unique recipes that veer away from obvious food combinations.

From being diagnosed, it took me at least another six months to understand how to read labels and differentiate between products I can and cannot eat; how to deal with situations in restaurants, and dinner invitations. I felt there were very little resources for recipes and advice to keep a strict histamine free but still healthy diet so I decided to get creative and get cooking.

Changing my diet changed my life in so many ways. So much so that I eat and feel healthier today than I did before I was diagnosed with histamine intolerance. I took control of the situation and made it my goal to take care of myself and keep enjoying life.