In the last few years research into causes of IBS have explored a link to foods high in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols FODMAPs . IBS is a chronic, often disabling condition causing stomach pain and bowel issues. Histamine intolerance and mast cell activation may initially have been misdiagnosed as IBS in the beginning as mine were. Temporary restriction of high FODMAPs foods which cause an increase in fermentable products in the small intestine and colon, resulting in distention and gas however, may provide relief for a subset of IBS patients . While this is certainly interesting news, many of the FODMAPs foods appear on other lists, so it would be best to individually test foods rather than just exclude another entire list. My approach would rather be to continue as I am, including a smattering of nutrient dense healing foods overall rather than focusing on histamine, FODMAPs etc. Interesting, sounds like my approach exactly: figure out what bothers you rather than eliminating an entire list. When starting out on the standard low histamine diet I really read my list as gospel. So when I saw that sugar was fine, I gorged myself on sugary snacks to make up for the misery of the diet. Once I eliminated the sugar, wheat high FODMAPs, very inflammatory and dairy mast cell trigger, inflammatory as well as processed foods high in fructose and corn syrup which are high FODMAPs, for a good long while, I was able to tolerate previously bothersome foods. Things like garlic and onion which had caused severe flushing, headache and burning in my stomach, broccoli which along with the others induced ear splitting gas eruptions.
We have recently been sent many questions asking about the relationship between IBS and histamines. This area of research has grown in the last few years, currently the association is weak but it will be interesting to see where it goes. Histamines are a chemical compound found in every cell of the body, as well as naturally in many foods. When histamines are released from mast cells a type of cell that produces and stores histamines they can elicit symptoms depending on what cells they bind to Targeting 1. Histamines released in the gut can alter gut movement, enhance gastric acid production and changes to mucus secretion, this can lead to cramping, gas and diarrhoea for some 2. Histamine intolerance occurs when a person has a low level of DAO meaning when they eat histamines or histamine-producing foods, there is not enough DAO enzyme to break the chemical down leading to a build-up in the body. Histamines build up in the body and so the reaction is not immediate like a nut allergy.
References: 1. Baseline nutrient measures of both groups showed that their habitual diets failed to meet the DRI for vitamins C, D, and E; and calcium; magnesium; and potassium. Thank you Michelle for sharing! The Histamine Diet can benefit many with mast cell and autoimmune diseases. For a more detailed overview of histamine intolerance, click here. These foods are often high in histamine or seasoned with histamine containing ingredients. Histamines are a chemical compound found in every cell of the body, as well as naturally in many foods. November 5,