A summary of some of the information shared on our recent webinar with Nancy Guberti, MS, CN, Functional Medicine Specialist: Chronic Disease, Histamine Reaction and Mold
Histamine is a chemical compound that is found naturally in certain foods and in the cells of the body. It plays a critical role in the immune system, inflammation, and communication with the brain. However, too much histamine can lead to a decrease in tolerance and cause histamine intolerance. This can happen due to genetic or simple impairment of enzymes that break down histamine. Histamine intolerance is commonly found in people with gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, celiac, and SIBO.
Histamine intolerance can cause several symptoms like headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, fatigue, hives, itching, irregular menstrual cycles, and many others. Histamine intolerance is caused by several factors like genetic susceptibility, pathogens, nutrient deficiencies, and even certain medications like antibiotics, antacids, and antidepressants.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is often confused with histamine intolerance, but it is different as the mast cells in the body secrete many mediators, not just histamine. Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that releases up to 1000 signaling chemicals, or mast cell mediators, into the body as part of the immune system’s response to foreign invaders like parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and environmental toxins.
Mold is another major factor that can lead to chronic health problems like histamine intolerance and MCAS. Mold exposure can lead to health problems due to the presence of mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds produced by certain molds. Mycotoxins can lead to several symptoms like fatigue, headaches, respiratory problems, and many others.
Testing and treatment options are available for histamine intolerance and MCAS. These options include elimination diets, blood tests, and medication. It is essential to work with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of action.
Histamine intolerance and MCAS are complex health issues that require proper diagnosis and treatment. Mold exposure is also a significant factor that can lead to chronic health problems. It is essential to seek professional help to diagnose and manage these conditions effectively.
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