Histamine: A heterocyclic amine released by mast cells when tissue is injured or in allergic and inflammatory reactions, causing dilation of small blood vessels and smooth muscle contraction. When a person is allergic to a particular substance, such as a food or dust, the immune system mistakenly believes that this usually harmless substance is actually harmful to the body.
In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system starts a chain reaction that prompts some of the body’s cells to release histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. The histamine then acts on a person’s eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract, causing allergy symptoms.
Histamine Intolerance: Our “histamine bucket” fills up based on factors such as genetics, allergies, medication, diet, environment, nutritional deficiencies, intestinal damage, and UV exposure. When our body cannot break down excess histamine, we suffer with histamine intolerance and increased inflammation (for Restless Legs Sufferers, the concern is the increased inflammation in the legs).
Histamine Intolerance may also be involved with your inability to sleep at night, even when your legs are taking a break from twitching. Excessive histamines could be a major contributing factor if you’re suffering from insomnia.
In a recent study at John Hopkins University, scientists discovered that histamine receptors were substantially higher in RLS patients.
Champagne, wine, beer, cider and other fermented drinks and spirits.
Sauerkraut and other pickled foods.
Vinegar and foods containing it such as dressings, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup & mustard.
Tofu and soya sauce.
Parmesan cheese and other cheeses.
Sausages and other processed meats (ham, salami, gammon, bacon).
Mushrooms and quorn.
Tinned and smoked fish (tuna, salmon, herring) and crustaceans.
Dried fruit, seeds, nuts.
Yeast extract, yeast.
Chocolate, cocoa, cola.
Other environmental factors that can raise histamine levels are:
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
Hormones – including stress hormones
The best ways to counteract high histamines levels are:
1 Altering your diet to remove the worst offenders.
2. Introducing some of the many “natural” antihistamines that are available into your diet.
They include Vitamin C, Bromelain, Quercitin, Butterbur, Pycnogenol and Omega 3.
These natural antihistamines will counterbalance the high histamine levels that are causing your discomfort.
Keep in mind that over-the-counter antihistamines will SEVERELY increase the intensity of your Restless Legs.
Maybe “enjoy” is not the right word. I hope that you “learned” a lot.
I know that I gained a wealth of knowledge and have really enjoyed your feedback.
I would like to thank all the people who wrote articles and host blogs that I referred to in this series. There are some really great blogs and websites out there to help you learn about histamine intolerance, and how to overcome it. I suggest that you visit as many as you can. The more you read about this issue, the more it will become real in your life. Hopefully you’ll find the strength, courage and the will needed to make the necessary changes in your life.
I also hope for all of you that are taking pharmaceutical medications to deal with your Restless Legs, that you have gained an understanding that in order to recover from your ailment, a lot of hard work and many sacrifices are required. There is no “miracle cure” coming down the pipe. That, I can assure you.
The “Cure” is taking what you’ve learned from this and other websites, including the RLcure website, and forcing yourself to change.
Change is the hardest thing for a human being to do.
There’s no sweeter sound in the world than someone flushing their Requip down the toilet and dealing with their Restless Legs head-on. That takes true courage.
Yes, it’s scarey stuff and seems impossible to overcome, but it can be done, one small step at a time.
I wish you the very best in your journey!