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Histamine Intolerance FAQs

Most commonly, the reason for histamine intolerance is poor gut health. An elimination approach is helpful to heal long-term gut issues, while also improving the acute symptoms. Even on a carnivore diet, histamine intolerances can persist depending on your food choices.

Most common acute symptoms – onset is usually shortly after a meal

🚩 Allergy-like symptoms (rash, hives, itching, swelling, congestion)

🚩 Indigestion (nausea, reflux)

🚩 Heart palpitations, racing heart

🚩 Headache

🚩 Fatigue

High histamine foods to consider eliminating:

❌ Fermented dairy - yogurt, sour cream, kefir, aged/smoked cheese

❌ Fermented plants – pickles, pickled veggies, sauerkraut, kimchi

❌ Fermented grains – sourdough

❌ Fermented soy – tempeh, miso, soy sauce

❌ Cured/smoked/dry or wet aged meat – sausage, salami, ham, prosciutto

❌ Organ meats – particularly if they are not frozen immediately after harvesting

❌ Slow-cooked meats & broth (crockpot, smoker, including ribs, brisket, etc.)

❌ Ground meat – particularly if not frozen immediately

❌ Kombucha

❌ Alcohol – wine, beer, champagne

❌ Canned seafood – oysters, sardines, mackerel, tuna

The longer a food is left in the fridge or at room temperature, the higher the level of histamines. Always ask how long meat has been sitting out in the case if you are buying it from a grocery store/butcher. Also, avoid leftovers if you can.

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