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Histamine Intolerance Test

Histamine Intolerance Test

A good basis for therapy

Head hurts, stomach rumbles. The skin itches, along with this disturbing palpitations and uncomfortable dizziness. All this in combination is a mystery - do you know that?

A possible diagnosis: histamine intolerance or histamine intolerance

Often these symptoms cannot be assigned to an exact cause and those affected search in vain for an explanation for the diffuse symptoms. Allergy tests and other examinations can remain inconclusive, leaving the question of the trigger unanswered. Another cause of the symptoms could be a histamine intolerance or intolerance.

The success of a therapy based on the HIT test results, among other things, depends on the specific individual case. The symptoms mentioned can have different causes and do not have to be related to a histamine intolerance.

Note: Histamine intolerance or histamine intolerance as a clinical picture is scientifically controversial. The relationships and procedures presented below are not documented by controlled, randomized clinical trials and are therefore not to be assigned to complementary medicine .

What is histamine intolerance?

In the case of histamine intolerance, not enough histamine can be broken down in relation to the amount of histamine present. This can be exacerbated by food or alcohol, for example. Due to many different factors, a high histamine level can occur in the body.

What is histamine?

Histamine is an endogenous messenger substance that controls numerous functions. It influences the sleep-wake cycle , regulates intestinal movements, cell growth and many other processes. As a signal transmitter, histamine also puts the body on the alert for infections and allergic reactions. Histamine is produced and stored by the body itself so that it can be released suddenly when it is needed.

What to do if you have histamine intolerance?

If you have histamine intolerance, we recommend switching to a low-histamine diet. It is advisable to determine the individual tolerance limit with the help of a nutrition diary and to take advantage of nutritional advice. The supportive administration of DAO enzymes can optimize the therapy in certain cases. The therapy of the above symptoms in the case of suspected histamine intolerance should always be carried out and accompanied by a competent doctor or naturopath.

What are the symptoms of histamine intolerance?

If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, the histamine intolerance test could be an option for you:

  • Gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence

  • menstrual cramps

  • headache

  • exhaustion and/or tiredness

  • dizziness

  • runny or stuffy nose

  • palpitations

  • itching or reddening of the skin

Histamine intolerance is one of many possible causes of the symptoms presented above.

Symptoms can resemble those of an allergy , food poisoning, or the common cold. Type and strength vary greatly from person to person.

Histamine intolerance and diet

However, histamine is also found in many foods. It is a product of fermentation, maturation, or spoilage that is present in most foods in widely varying concentrations. Particularly perishable products are almost histamine-free when fresh, but can become veritable "histamine bombs" the longer they are stored.

Fresh and unprocessed foods contain only small amounts of histamine , with a few exceptions such as certain fruits and vegetables . Freshly caught fish also contains hardly any histamine , as do frozen and canned goods when processed properly.

What foods should you avoid if you have histamine intolerance?

A particularly large amount of histamine tends to be contained in:

  • Non-freshly caught fish and canned fish

  • Sausages and dried meat

  • long-aged cheeses

  • wine, champagne, beer

  • Vinegar, sauerkraut and other fermentation products

Some foods do not contain histamine directly , but certain substances (histamine liberators) that release the body's own histamine from the storage cells and can thus also contribute to high histamine levels.

Other foods have the property of inhibiting histamine -degrading enzymes or promoting the absorption of histamine through the intestines. The intestinal flora also produces histamine - especially when there is a miscolonization of the intestine with harmful microorganisms (dysbiosis)

Causes of histamine intolerance

Normally, excess histamine is primarily broken down by the body's own enzyme, diamine oxidase (DAO). Most people can tolerate a certain amount of histamine without any problems. Only when the individual tolerance limit is exceeded can the symptoms mentioned above occur. A histamine intolerance or histamine intolerance occurs when the relationship between the amount of histamine on the one hand and the degradation capacity on the other hand is unbalanced.

The possible causes can be divided into two categories

Food and histamine liberators
Some foods contain a lot of histamine, while others contain so-called histamine liberators, which cause the body's own histamine to be released more intensively.

Deficiency in the enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO)
Some people have low levels of the enzyme. This enzyme deficiency can be responsible for the fact that histamine is only insufficiently broken down. A disturbed enzyme function can also cause this.

How is histamine intolerance diagnosed?

So far, measuring the concentration of the DAO enzyme using a blood test has proven itself as an individual parameter. In individual cases, additional tests can be useful to clarify the cause and severity of histamine intolerance.

Another possibility is the determination of the total histamine breakdown capacity (THAK). Here, a defined amount of histamine is added to the blood sample in the laboratory and after a certain time the amount of histamine left is measured. This can be used to demonstrate whether the organism is able to break down histamine to a normal extent.

How is the test done?

We would be happy to refer you to an experienced therapist in your area. He will give you comprehensive advice and take your blood. We analyze your blood sample in our laboratory and send the detailed, individual findings to your therapist – who can discuss further possible treatment and diagnostic measures with you, taking our therapy recommendations into account.

HIT and other food intolerances: A good combination of HIT and ImuPro test

In addition to histamine intolerance, a delayed food allergy can also cause or worsen symptoms such as gastrointestinal complaints or headaches. Delayed food allergy is also controversial in conventional medicine and should be assigned to complementary medicine.

It is assumed that these symptoms can also be promoted by inflammatory reactions. It is therefore important to test possible causes of this inflammation. The combination test, consisting of the histamine intolerance test and the ImuPro test , makes it possible to check this with just one blood sample.