In our private facebook group, we were talking about fruit making up a large part of a pro metabolic diet. However about 25% of the group advised they suffered histamine intolerance with fruit, so this is a big problem.
To help everyone out, here is summary of notes I have taken on histamine from various sources including Ray…
Histamine is broken down in the body by an enzyme called Diamine Oxidase.
If you develop a DAO deficiency and are unable to break down histamine, you could develop an intolerance—which is where all the symptoms come in.
Some of these include:
flushing, especially of the head and chest
a congested, runny, or itchy nose
red, itchy, or watery eyes
Some reasons your DAO enzyme levels could be affected include:
medications that block DAO functions or prevent production
gastrointestinal disorders, such as Leaky Gut and IBS
histamine-rich foods that cause DAO enzymes to function improperly
foods that block DAO enzymes or trigger histamine release
Bacterial overgrowth is another contributing factor for developing a histamine intolerance. Bacteria grows when food isn’t digested properly, causing histamine overproduction. Normal levels of DAO enzymes can’t break down the increased levels of histamine in your body, causing a reaction.
Ray Peat advised: “And one of the things that turns on the production of more mast cells or the secretion or leakage of histamine from the mast cells is prostaglandins produced from the polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially prostaglandin E 2. Besides making the prostaglandins in themselves, they cause changes in cells that disrupt their functions. In fact every function of the cell can be disrupted by too much of the polyunsaturated fats.
And one of the worst things they do is to interrupt oxidative metabolism and the energy deficit I think is ultimately the thing that leads to really serious allergy problems.”
Things that help Diamine Oxidase production & therefore histamine intolerance …
Calcium & Vitamin K
Less protein (as undigested protein in the gut raises histamine. Or you can improve your digestion!)
On Histamine, Ray Peat advises…
“T3, the active form of thyroid hormone… does several things that prevent overproduction of histamine. It’s been known for anti-inflammatory for a long time but one of its mechanisms is to stabilize mast cells so they don’t secrete serotonin, histamine and other inflammatory things.”
“Yes, the calcium and vitamin D are two of the things that are very strongly anti-allergic. Magnesium is the most famous because of magnesium deficiency, they found caused terrific range of inflammatory diseases in animals and they would cure skin diseases, heart disease, nerve disease, liver disease and so on just by correcting a magnesium deficiency. With vitamin D and calcium working with magnesium are very important so that some people cure their allergies just by supplementing vitamin D or vitamin K which is the other major calcium regulating vitamin.”
“…the real thing I think is to adjust your thyroid and progesterone. Progesterone has broad variety of antihistamine effects. Estrogen turns on both the multiplication of mast cells and their tendency to release histamine and serotonin. And so getting your thyroid to a good level will reduce your estrogen and increase your progesterone and shift the balance in histamine production. Aspirin is another anti – histamine that works indirectly by reducing prostaglandin production and nitric oxide production.”
I hope this summary helps you find the answers, if you suffer histamine intolerance symptoms.
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In our private facebook group we were talking about how much fruit people buy in their weekly shop. It was prompted by me trying to organise myself better, to make sure I was sticking to my ZEN Beach Diet.
It’s one thing knowing WHAT to do and HOW to do it,
but actually DOING it is another thing entirely.
Some people are super focused on food prep and planning their meals and to be honest, I wish I was far more like that. But I’m not, so that’s why the basic outline of a meal in the ZEN Beach Diet is so helpful, because at least you easily know what each meal is supposed look like macro-wise.
Ray Peat mentioned that he is trying a bit of Oat Bran recently and feeling better for it. I personally feel better minimising starches and grains. I still have 25% of my carbs as starch because I find just sugar/fruit alone doesn’t feel quite right, especially in winter.
So I bought some Oat Bran this Australian winter just to try it.
Interesting topic raised in our private facebook group about the Bean Protocol by Karen Hurd. A member asked if anyone had tried it and discussion ensued about whether they had or hadn’t, and what they thought of it.
Now bottom line, this “diet” is completely contradictory to everything Ray Peat says.
Ray Peat has shocked his followers by declaring on some recent podcasts that he has been experimenting with lower protein. (Date for reference July 2022.)
The amount he mentioned was 50g being the minimum for health and he was at about 60g at the moment. He found that if he reduced his protein to this amount, he was able to use less of his thyroid supplement and stay in good health.
A person online was asking about the ZEN Beach Diet and said “does it involve laying on the beach in the sun?” I think they were trying to be funny but it may have shocked them a little when I replied, “absolutely it does!!”
Many people are really not aware of the importance of sunlight and light generally, when it comes to their health. It is actually critical for both physical and mental health and should be a regular part of your lifestyle. That is, if your health is important to you.
We recently conducted a survey in our private Facebook group and 60% of respondents said they experienced constipation some of the time with 40% of those advising it was quite frequent.
I usually write about issues that I have personally and how I overcame it, and this one is no exception. A weird thing happened a few weeks back where out of the blue, I felt like I was no longer having any urge to poop.