If you’re suffering from histamine intolerance or mast cell disorders, every season is likely allergy season. However, you may find that your body is particularly sensitive during the spring when the pollen in the air causes your histamine bucket to overflow, often resulting in rhinitis, watery or itchy eyes, constant runny nose, and skin sensitivities. It is essential that you prepare ahead of time in order to lower the level of histamine in your body and manage your symptoms.

Here are some tips we recommend implementing one to two months ahead of the spring season.

Stick to a low histamine diet

Avoid foods high in histamine several months ahead of the spring season. Stay away from alcohol, fermented foods, processed or smoked meats, shellfish, spinach, eggplants. See a full list of what you can eat here.

Daily supplements of natural antihistamines

There are a number of natural supplements that help to manage the body’s histamine levels. Quercetin is the most commonly used one and can be purchased in combination with Vitamin C. If you find that Quercetin irritates your stomach, try taking it in the middle of your meal. 

Saltwater Washes

Salt is a natural antihistamine. Dissolve one cup of distilled water with half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and half a teaspoon of banking power (optional). When my rhinitis is particularly bad, I increase the amount of sea salt.

Manage your Stress Level

I often get anxiety ahead of the pollen season because I know I’ve had severe reactions in the past. This, in turn, makes my body more reactive to external allergens because it increases my stress level. Not to mention the seasonal affective disorder and depression people can often feel after coming off of months of cold weather and fewer hours of daylight. Try to do what you can to manage your stress levels at this time. Yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and getting a good amount of sleep and natural light can all be helpful.

Remember, it is essential that you prepare ahead of the spring season in order to manage your histamine bucket during the spring. If your histamine intolerance feels unmanageable during allergy season and you feel that antihistamines are the only option, remember to also adopt the tips recommended above. Taking antihistamines is simply putting a band-aid on the problem. Once you stop taking them, your symptoms will return so it’s essential to also find natural ways to lower your histamine bucket.

As always, consult a medical professional before changing your protocol.