Please help!! I am so confused and don't want to add another diagnosis of histamine intolerance to my leaky gut-gluten intolerant-lactose intolerant-GAPS-FODMAPS situation...
I recently decided to go zero carb from low carb. On LC I was just eating meat and vegetables and about 50g carbs a day from leafy greens and the occasional sweet potato. But my digestion was moving along like a snail, I looked like I was 5 months pregnant, and was only having BMs once or twice a week. I have bad eczema and eczema-like hives that I really wanted to control, but for some reason, along with slow GI tract movement, my skin wasn't getting better, in fact, sometimes it got worse, even when I was the most well rested I had been in my entire life (bed by 11, wake up a few times at night, up by 7, which was amazing for me) So I decided to cut back to ground zero and it's been 2 weeks on ZC. I've eaten bone broth with ACV, grass fed beef, salmon, mackerel, sardines, lamb, and cooked everything in conventional lard and seasoned only with salt.
My acne cleared up amazingly and my skin glowed for the first week. My bloating went away and I had a BM every 2 days. However, my eczema didn't get better. This week I bought salmon and sardines fresh and started eating fish everyday. My acne has come back and my eczema has started weeping pus and weird hive-y rashes are on my legs. Yesterday, I had bone broth with salmon, lamb with cumin, and grass fed bef slow cooked in bone broth seasoned with cinnamon and garam masala...so EVERYTHING was high histamine and I woke up at 3am SO ITCHY and saw that my eczema and the hives had gotten worse. Couldn't sleep and googled around and came to the conclusion that I am histamine intolerant, and now pretty depressed about it. I'm pretty sure I have it too because I feel full all the time and never poo, which is an indicator of histamine intolerance. This also explains why my skin weeps pus when I put coconut oil on it and why in the past few years when I had coconut products, dark chocolate, and sulfite free red wine that I still had bad reactions.
I don't know what to do. Before my naturopath had told me to go heavy on the CLO for a month or two (6 tsp a day vs the reg 1) so that probably caused buildup of histamine. Apparently histamine is released in high fat and protein diets...something about copper too. I am taking a zinc supplement daily because a few months ago my hair started falling out in scary bunches because of copper toxicity from the leafy greens I was eating on LC. What am I doing wrong??? I just want to get better. I'm sad and desperate right now. Please help!
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on March 02, 2013
at 03:55 AM
I also have a histamine, gluten, salicyclate, all-vegetable, etc intolerance, and all my issues cleared out when I eliminated bone broth (causes MSG-like symptoms due to glutamic acid) and all seafood, and stick to only high fat beef and lamb. Just meat, fat, water, not even salt, and everything got better for me. Have you tried eliminating down to just these basics?
on March 08, 2016
at 03:56 AM
I hope you find your answers by now, but it is obvious from the diet you discribed that you ate a lot of histamines so there is no surprise about your histamine reactions. You need to go on a low histamine diet.
on April 13, 2013
at 07:49 PM
I think it does.
I was like you: ate fat, meat and veggies and was stopped up all the time. My gastritis was bad too.
I've been feeling much better since I really scaled back the fat content, and started eating more starch.
I've actually found that since eating this way, I can better tolerate foods that trigger a histamine reaction.
on February 15, 2013
at 04:33 PM
If you increased fish and fish oil, and then your ezcema got worse, then the logical thing to do is drop the fish and fish oil and see if the ezcema gets better. The jury is out on how much of the stuff we actually need; what seems to be important is the O6 to O3 ratio, so keep both really low. It may have nothing to do with histamines at all; you may just be allergic to fish oil.