Two years ago, I found myself in a frustrating situation where I had really bad skin problems. The main problem was focused on my lips, they were very cracked and dry and whenever I ate different types of food, a red rash appeared below my lip. It seemed that I was allergic to something, but could not identify the exact issue.
This happened for almost one year, and after trying different treatments, I when to the allergist. You might accuse me that I waited too long, but I was and am not a fan of doctors and since I already had gone to different dermatologist, I was kind of upset of the zero results I had until that point.
The results came out that I am allergic to basalt and that I have a histamine intolerance.
Histamine is a chemical involved in your immune system, proper digestion, and your central nervous system. As a neurotransmitter, it communicates important messages from your body to your brain. It is also a component of stomach acid, which is what helps you break down food in your stomach. Histamine causes your blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem. The histamine buildup is what gives you a headache and leaves you feeling flushed, itchy and miserable. This is part of the body’s natural immune response, but if you don’t break down histamine properly, you could develop what we call histamine intolerance. (for more information: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11175/everything-you-need-to-know-about-histamine-intolerance.html)
When I first realized what this intolerance meant, I was rather confused, because almost everything that I ate during a day contained amounts of histamine.
I start my day with yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of homemade plums jam. Both contained histamine. At lunch if I ate a salad I had vinegar as a dressing. Vinegar is not allowed if you are intolerant to histamine. I felt destroyed. How would I eat my salad from now one?
Being a woman, I of course pay attention to my figure, so having salads as main courses was important, as well as yogurt and many other aliments.
I began studying and searching for lists of aliments permitted for my new "lifestyle".
I was glad to discover that although I had this intolerance, I could still eat food that had a very good taste. For example, I started adding pomegranate fruit in my salad instead of vinegar. Since this fruit is mostly sour it is a perfect combination with the salad.
I had to stop drinking coffee, but I drank instead chicory "tea". The taste is similar to coffee, but has no caffeine.
If I wanted to eat meat, I tried to eat it as fresh as possible, so this meant that I had to prepare meals every day in small portions.
At this point I can eat aliments that normally are not permitted without getting an allergy; this happened mainly because I was very strict in my diet at first.
In my next posts I will tell you more about my experience and try to give you tips on how I made my intolerance easier ""to tolerate".
Acum doi ani m-am aflat intr-o situatie frustranta din care nu reuseam sa mai ies. La acel moment consideram ca am o alergie destul de puternica intrucat aveam crapaturi in colturile gurii, iar buzele imi erau extrem de uscate. Indiferent de produsele si tratamentele pe care le foloseam, nu reuseam sa scap de aceasta problema.
Timp de un an nimic nu s-a schimbat. Dupa vizite la dermatolog, am ajuns si la alergolog unde am aflat in urma testelor ca am o alergie la bazalt, dar si o intoleranta la histamina.
Intoleranta la histamina este rezultatul unui dezechilibru intre cantitatea de histamina si nivelul enzimei responsabila de metabolizarea histaminei din organism, in sensul ca exista un deficit enzimatic care face imposibila degradarea histaminei, avand ca rezultat acumularea acesteia in organism. Intoleranta la histamina apare ca urmare a cresterii nivelului de histamina in sange prin reducerea capacitatii organismului de a neutraliza excesul rezultand in alergii. (pentru mai multe informatii: http://www.daosin.ro/simptome/)
Cand am realizat prima oara ceea ce implica aceasta intoleranta, am fost destul de confuza intrucat aproape tot meniul meu zilnic continea histamina. Imi incepeam ziua cu un kefir in care adaugam 2-3 linguri de gem de prune facut acasa. Amandoua alimentele contin histamina sau elibereaza histamina in sange. Salatele pe care le mancam la fiecare pranz contineau otet, iar acesta nu este indicat sa fie consumat. M-am simtit distrusa, ma gandeam cum imi voi putea manca salata de acum incolo fara otet?
Femeie fiind, sunt atenta la ceea ce mananc, astfel ca in acel moment ma simteam pierduta, nestiind cu ce sa inlocuiesc alimentatia pe care o aveam. Insa am inceput sa citesc despre aceasta intoleranta si am gasit liste intregi de alimente si produse pe care puteam sau nu sa le consum.
Am fost bucuroasa sa descopar ca puteam sa optez pentru ingrediente delicioase. De exemplu, am inceput sa imi adaug in salata boabe de rodie in locul otetului. Rodia fiind putin acrisoara se potriveste perfect cu gustul salatei.
Am inlocuit cafeaua cu cicoare. Cicoare este o cereala care seamana la gust cu cafeaua, insa nu are cofeina.
Daca alegeam sa mananc carne, incercam sa fie cat mai proaspata, iar acest lucru insemna sa imi gatesc zilnic portii mici de mancare.
Cu timpul am inceput sa controlez nivelul de histamina, astfel ca am ajuns in punctul in care pot manca alimente """nepermise" fara sa fac vreo alergie.
In postarile ce vor urma voi povesti in continuare despre experienta pe care am avut-o cu aceasta intoleranta si ce am facut eu pentru a-mi usura frustrarea.