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Ask the expert: wanted: a low-histamine Indian diet

The best way to deal with this is to follow a specific elimination diet under a doctor’s supervision

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11 Apr 2016 | 03:03 pm

I’ve been suffering from idiopathic urticaria for the past three years and have been advised to follow a diet low in histamine. Can you suggest such an Indian diet?

Urticaria, commonly called hives, leave itchy red or skin-coloured welts on the skin. If this lasts six weeks or more with new outbreaks on a nearly daily basis, it’s called chronic idiopathic urticaria. You will need to eliminate all foods high in histamines, which are chemicals produced during any allergic reaction in your body.

To begin with, you need to know what foods you are allergic to so that you don’t break into hives, have headaches, puffy, swollen eyes, skin rashes or other such symptoms frequently.

The best way to deal with this is to follow a specific elimination diet under a doctor’s supervision.

The most common types of elimination diets involve removing specific foods from your diet, which could be causing allergic reactions. The biggest source of histamine in food is not the food itself but the bacteria in them. So I recommend you do a 30-day cleanse diet and cut out fermented foods such as kimchi, yogurt, kefir and cheese.

Avoid seafood completely. You should not consume leftovers and ideally eat freshly cooked food.

Avoid vegetables such as mushrooms, eggplants, papaya, pineapple, spinach and tomatoes as well.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.