Gut Healing Program: 3 Months to a Healthier You!

Allergies & Histamine Intolerance

Histamines are a naturally occurring compound found in all human cells. They’re a vital part of the body’s immune and neurological systems.

Patients with allergies are very familiar with their body’s histamine response.

With environmental irritants (pollen, dander, etc.) histamines generally use the nasal passages to rid the body of offending allergens. This happens through a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.

How Can We Help You Today?

a woman interacting with her laptop and the infinity way program online

Self-Guided Programs

Reclaim your health at your own pace with our Infinity Way™ self-guided programs. Tackle gut issues, lymphatic drainage, your nutrition, mental wellness and more.

Self-Guided Care
Dr. Wards provides natural, holistic medical care via functional medicine - all via telehealth

One-On-One Healing

Become a patient to get started on your journey to a healthier life. You’ll work with our team, via personal telehealth sessions, to discover the root core of your symptoms.

Become a Patient
a woman deep in research as she reads about holistic wellness on her telephone

Gain
Knowledge

We have a trove of information on our website. From stress and anxiety to balancing hormones, nutritional guidance to fighting parasites, you’re sure to learn something new.

Knowledge

Food intolerances cause histamines to work in the gut to trigger a response with symptoms like nausea, cramping, skin redness/flushing or elevated heart rate.

Histamine released after insect bites or exposure to certain plants can result in itchy skin rashes or swelling and breathing difficulties.

These are all natural, effective responses by the body to protect itself from perceived threats.

While in more serious cases these responses can require medication such as an antihistamine or Epipen, in healthy individuals the histamine release is usually followed by a natural counter reaction. An enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO) breaks down histamines and excretes them once the threat has passed.

Some people, however, lack adequate DAO, causing a buildup of histamine in the body that leads to chronic symptoms such as those mentioned above, as well as others like migraine headaches, acid reflux, anxiety and premenstrual cramping.

This is known as histamine intolerance and has several causes, including genetics.

Genetic variants on several genes, including the AOC1/ABP1 gene and the MTHFR gene, can affect the production of the DAO enzyme. This leaves the body unable to effectively break histamines down.

Left unchecked, histamines then build up and cause symptoms often misdiagnosed as food allergies, diseases of the GI tract, and others. Patients can be frustrated when typical treatments for those conditions don’t eliminate the symptoms. This is often the case when histamine intolerance is the cause.

To further complicate things, certain medications, which can inhibit DAO production, and diets that are naturally high in histamines can make problem worse. This is because some medications and foods lead to even higher histamine levels in people who can’t break it down efficiently.

Genetic testing through Infinity Wellness can identify whether you have these variants. Or if histamine intolerance might be the cause of your symptoms.

If you suffer from

  • Recurring rashes
  • Hives or eczema
  • headaches/migraines
  • frequent allergy symptoms
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • blood pressure issues

It’s time to figure out if you have a histamine intolerance. Let’s talk about genetic testing, supplementation and nutritional counseling! We want to set you on the path to wellness.

Become a patient here.

More News

Histamine and blood cells interacting in the human body

What is Histamine?

Histamine, a molecule intricately involved in the body’s immune response, often flies under the radar until it starts causing trouble.... Read the Article →
a woman studying blood work in a lab

Conventional vs. Functional Blood Testing

Blood tests are a fairly routine part of a visit to the doctor used to both assess the current state... Read the Article →