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Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

I love this graphic (credit: Umbrellux DAO) which illustrates foods and beverages that either contain high amounts of histamines or trigger release of histamine.

You may be surprised that many healthy foods are included in this list, such as tomatoes, berries, avocados and fermented foods!

Histamine Triggering Foods

Histamines are not normally a problem unless your body has difficulty clearing them, which requires an enzyme the body makes, called DAO (or Diamine Oxidase).

In addition to foods that trigger histamine release, alcoholic beverages block DAO activity in the body, which can also potentiate a histamine reaction.

There are many symptoms of histamine reactions (if your body is doesn’t have enough DAO to breakdown the histamines) such as flushing, hives, headache, sneezing, watery eyes, and digestive gas, bloating and diarrhea. See the histamine cascade for better understanding of this systemic condition.

For symptom management, DAO (Diamine Oxidase) is available as a nutrition supplement.

Umbrellux DAO-$59.95

There are underlying root causes to histamine intolerance. As a Functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I address these in client assessments/consultations. Contact me for an appointment.

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