Do you experience symptoms such as headaches, skin flushing, hives, or digestive issues after
drinking alcohol? You may have histamine intolerance.
Histamine intolerance is a condition where the body has difficulty breaking down histamine, a compound found in many foods and drinks. When histamine levels build up in the body, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Alcohol can be a trigger for these symptoms, as it increases histamine levels in the body and impairs the body’s ability to break down histamine.
How to navigate alcohol if you have histamine intolerance
Not all alcohols are created equal when it comes to histamine intolerance. Certain types of
alcohol can be particularly problematic for those with histamine issues, while others may
be better tolerated.
The WORST Alcohols for Histamine Intolerance:
- Wine: Wine (especially red)
BEST Alcohols for Histamine Intolerance:
These spirits (Rum, Vodka and Whiskey) are generally lower in histamine and may be better tolerated by people with histamine issues.
Avoid alcohols that contain histamine-releasing ingredients like sulfites, which can further worsen symptoms.
It’s important to note that not all people with histamine intolerance have the same triggers. The amount of histamine in an alcoholic beverage can vary based on several factors, such as the type of alcohol, the fermentation process, and the storage conditions. Additionally, histamine levels can be affected by the individual’s tolerance and sensitivity. What works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to keep track of what you consume and how your body reacts – a great way to do that is by journaling.
Navigating histamine issues can be challenging and sometimes feel like a never ending puzzle, but with careful attention to what you consume, you can help manage your symptoms.
By avoiding high histamine alcohols and opting for lowered histamine options, you can (hopefully) enjoy an occasional drink without triggering symptoms!
Remember to listen to your body and stay informed about what you consume and remember, it’s best to consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.