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Low Histamine diet?

Post  30yrsofheadache on Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:11 pm

Wondering if anyone has tried a low histamine diet? I am trying eliminating some that are suggested high histamine foods such as chocolate, tomatoes,citrus,avocado,banana, smoked meats, most fish (unless freshly caught). Really hard since I am already gluten and dairy free! I do feel like it might be helping.

But, I also took a break from the Serrapeptase I have to take which I know gives me migraines. I am also taking a blood thinner (Lovenox) because I have severely "sticky" blood from Lyme disease. UGH, I should have been a Dr. Smile.
Hugs,
Cindy


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Post  Mini on Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:40 pm

I had no idea hat these food contain histamine, but I was amazed to see that most of the foods mentioned are proven M triggers for me. It makes you think, doesn't it?
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Post  Reama on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:55 pm

I'm just starting a low histamine diet, too. I've been on a moderately low histamine diet for some time, with definite improvement, but there are so many things to avoid with histamine that I haven't avoided them all. For example, until yesterday, I ate bananas (usually daily)...my only big carb source, as I've reduced carbs as welll (no grains and no sweets, no dried fruit).

A lot of the low histamine lists differ somewhat, and in fairly significant ways (to me, anyway). The biggest is the question of legumes. Some lists say avoid all legumes, some say avoid just soy and red beans, and some say just avoid red beans, soy, and peanuts. I've found, for me, that I have to avoid legumes. On the other hand, I seem to do better with nuts, in general, than some of the lists would suggest, with the exception of sunflower seeds and brazils, which give me migraine (as do peanuts).

Also, some of the lists say blackberries are ok, but they most definitely are not Ok for me.

The hardest thing about trying to eliminate any particular substance, I've found, is that there's no consistency from one list to the next of what's "safe" to eat.

Which list are you using?

Kerrie Smyrnes posted a list on Migraine.com today, but as I've said, this list already has some glaring errors as far as my own triggers are concerned.

I've actually noticed a lot of improvement when I went low carb.

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Post  Mini on Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:45 am

Reama, perhaps it is not the errors in the list, but the way you react to those particular products. WE hear about it all the time.

I have learned one thing over the years, not only from my own experience, by from other people here, that none of us reacts in the same way to triggers, or medicines.
Some people do not have any food triggers, but they still get migraine (M). Some people respond immediately to triptans, others do not. The same with preventatives and other medicines.

Obviously we all react differently, but this does not mean, that some things will work for you, some don't. Just try and soon you will know what works, what doesn't - use your own experience, there is no other way.
I hope you find the right balance.
Good luck.
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