Trialing the low-histamine diet

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Today is the first day of the low-histamine diet. It's all very new to me and I'm probably going to keep my food choices very limited so that I minimize the chances of getting something wrong.

The origin of the low-histamine diet as a possible treatment for SIBO (and the key word here really is possible) is due mostly to a wonderful person in my yahoo group who is seeing Dr. Dirk Budka in London; his treatment protocol is a low-carb, low-histamine diet and Xifaxan. There's been a lot of discussion as to symptoms and we all agree that this may not work for everyone. I am super happy for the person for whom its working though, even if she is the only one who benefits. I've been reading about food chemical intolerance for so long now, and I suppose its high time that I try this. This may or may not lead to me taking a much deeper plunge into something like the FAILSAFE diet; we will just have to see how it goes.

Although dairy is generally considered to be ok on the low-histamine diet, and I'm already drinking all raw dairy, I'm doing without cream for now and sticking to goat's milk and having a small amount of ricotta cheese, and that's it for dairy. Although I have a ton of raw colostrum in my fridge so I may put that to use today before it goes bad.

I have high hopes for the diet as far as symptom management goes, and I have to admit I'm hoping that it will help with my weight loss efforts as well. I've been so depressed about the weight I've put on since August; but hopefully burning more than I'm taking in PLUS doing without chemicals/foods that I'm sensitive to will help me get the fat off more quickly than last time (35 lbs in two years...only to put 20 back on in 2 months...)

This blog is very disjointed - the brain fog has been pretty bad for days now. But here's a list of symptoms that I'm hoping might be helped by the low-histamine trials. (No scientific evidence backs any of these up - I'm just hoping)

Bloating and abdominal distention
Body aches (although these have all but vanished since I started mega dosing with D)
Stubborn weight
Red splotches on belly
Runny nose, mild cold symptoms 365 days/year

I think that's it for now. Its funny how over at a Year Without Cake, I actually did have a laundry list of symptoms that I hoped the low carb diet would clear up - much like this one, and much to my surprise, nearly everything I listed either improved slightly or resolved completely when I minimized carbs. I don't know if this list will see such luck.

I'm hoping to get more action at the group - I'm thinking of inviting folks from the Yahoo group to keep a food diary, esp. ones on the low-histamine diet, so we can get ideas of what to eat.

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    I just found your post, though it is many years old. I am also working with histamine intolerance. I see that you worked with Dirk Budka in London, who I understand has passed away.
    I am trying to get a hold of Dr. Budka's low-histamine food list, but I can't find it anywhere on the internet. Can you help me?
    I hope that your health and digestion are much improved now.
    Thank you.
    1149 days ago
    Hi Treppils! SIBO is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. It is primarily a gastrointestinal condition and the main symptoms are bloating, diarrhea, and belching. However, speculative research shows that SIBO sometimes manifests as or is related to fibromyalgia, food chemical intolerance, restless leg syndrome, celiac disease, hypothyroidism, high levels of histamine, and many more fun conditions....

    I don't know if it would have any relevance to you or not, but check out this link:

    If you want more info, I can lead you to plenty - I moderate the largest Yahoo group for people with SIBO and we have over 50 members and tons of research is posited in our files/links.
    3072 days ago
    Hi. I am wondering what SIBO is. I have alot of trouble with preservatives in food, so this sounds interesting. I would like to learn more about it. Sandy
    3072 days ago
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