A collection of anti-inflammatory and low-histamine recipes to get you through allergy season!
Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up, everyone around me seems to be complaining that their seasonal allergies are acting up.
I’ve always been pretty lucky to not have any known allergies, but even I get a little congested, sniffly, and more prone to headaches when the seasons change or when the weather drastically shifts.
Do you know what causes allergies and why they cause unpleasant symptoms in our bodies? It’s all thanks to a naturally occurring compound called: Histamine.
The WHY Behind Allergic Reactions
Whether it’s cat dander, pollen, ragweed, dust mites, or tree nuts…any allergens that are specific to an individual can spark the release of histamine. Histamine is the causal factor behind the myriad symptoms many people experience when we’re exposed to common (and sometimes not so common) allergy triggers.
Although histamine is naturally produced in the body and serves several crucial bodily functions, it also the causes all those pesky allergy symptoms. It’s generated by a type of white blood cell, called a mast cell, and when we’re exposed to a particular allergen and our bodies attempt to get rid of it. Hence the sneezing, watery eyes, etc.
You can even be allergic to histamine itself! Which is especially frustrating given that histamine is naturally found in a lot of foods we eat.
So what’s someone who is allergic to histamine to do?!
Enter: Low-Histamine Foods
If you constantly experience headaches, nasal congestion, digestive distress, are easily fatigued, have heightened anxiety, or exacerbated allergy symptoms like sinus congestion, sneezing, hives, and difficulty breathing, then it’s possible you could have a histamine intolerance.
With this in mind: Research shows approximately only 1% of the population is Histamine-intolerant. So be sure to consult with a medical professional like a doctor or registered dietitian before drastically changing your diet based on the symptoms above. There are A LOT of others things that could be causing those issues.
The issue with adopting a “low histamine diet” is that foods are not either high or low in histamine. It’s not so black and white and specific foods may work better for some people’s diets and worse for others. AKA: a lot of trial and error is needed to determine what fits your dietary and health needs.
So instead of giving you a concrete list of foods you “should” vs. “shouldn’t” eat when trying to eat a Low-Histamine Diet. I’ve rounded up some healthy, delicious recipes that specifically feature low-histamine foods and ingredients. As you’ll see, most of the foods used are anti-inflammatory. So really….a low-histamine diet is one that is anti-inflammatory as well!
Even if you’re not watching your histamine intake and have no concern for the compound at all…these recipes are AWESOME and definitely worth adding to your weekly menu!
Anti-Inflammatory and Low-Histamine Recipes
Green Anti-Histamine Juice with Moringa | Histamine Friendly Kitchen
Gluten-Free Low Histamine Vegan Italian Basil Noodles | Bohemian Vegan Kitchen
Easy No Yeast Low Histamine Bread | Histamine Friendly Kitchen
Stir-Fried Savoy Cabbage with Apple | Histamine Friendly Kitchen
Honey Garlic Low Histamine Roasted Chicken | Fact vs. Fitness
Low Histamine Lasagna | Histamine Friendly Kitchen
Low Histamine NOmato Sauce | Histamine Friendly Kitchen
Low Histamine Sweet Potato Soup | Lectin Free Mama
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