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This emotional tribe has Histamine as the predominant neurotransmitter. Histamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved with the sleep/wake cycle, it helps with energy and motivation. When in excess we will see inflammation, itchy red skin, allergies, anxiety, insomnia. Histamine is found in many foods and our body makes it as a response to injury, like in a bee sting. There are three main pathways the body uses to break histamine down. If someone has genetic variances and specific nutritional deficiencies than these pathways are slowed down and histamine remains high and can result in the high histamine symptoms. You may know that you have a histamine issue if you don’t sleep well after eating a diet high in histamines like wine, beer, sushi, aged cheese, salami, vinegar, kombucha, soy sauce, leftovers and many others. This is where anti- histamines are helpful. If high histamine is your issue, then limiting histamine foods can be helpful but this approach can be limiting and exhausting for a long term solution. A better approach is to optimize the pathways that breakdown histamine making sure that all the needed cofactors are available, such as a good B complex, multi minerals and Vitamin C. DAO Assist by Xymogen is a supplement that provides the DAO enzyme which is one of the main enzymes needed to break down histamine.

Can I test for this? Yes, and this is where it can get really exciting. We don’t have to guess. We can test your Neurotransmitters with an easy urine test, the Neuro /Adrenal panel from Labrix. This has been very helpful when it isn’t apparent which neurotransmitter are causing the issues. Testing the micronutrients is also available with the Micronutrient panel from Vibrant America. This tests 35 different nutrients at a cellular level telling the last 4-6 months of your nutrient status. This helps us see the picture if low nutrient cofactors are causing the problems. Want to know more and dig even deeper? Click Here to schedule a consultation with me.

Dr. Heidi Hook, ND

Born and raised in Auburn, California. Dr. Heidi Hook is a 1996 graduate of Bastyr University and is the owner of Auburn Naturopathic Medicine. Her practice focuses mainly on discovering the underlying causes of illness that is specific for each person.

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