Histamine is a major cause of migraines. Histamine increases nitric oxide, which causes vasodilation (ie expansion) of blood vessels. Vasodilation increases blood flow to the brain. The nervous system responds to this increased blood flow with symptoms of pain, flashing lights, double vision, vertigo, increased sensitivity to light, smells and noise as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Histamine contributes to the pain and inflammation in bladder conditions including painful bladder syndrome / interstitial cystitis (PBS/IC). Reducing your histamine load can provide significant relief of symptoms.
SIBO is a major cause of histamine intolerance. In SIBO the DAO enzyme that degrades histamine in the gut gets overloaded with histamine causing many symptoms including headaches, itchy skin, flushing, reflux and much more.
MTHFR is a key gene in methylation. Methylation is a major pathway in phase 2 liver detoxification of oestrogen. Issues with the methylation pathway can lead to reduced methylation of oestrogen causing a build up of unwanted oestrogens and symptoms of oestrogen dominance.
Oxalates are a naturally occurring molecule found in most plant foods and are also part of normal human metabolism. Over consumption of foods high in oxalate and the inability of the body to degrade them causes a build up of oxalate, which are like sharp crystals in the ureter causing UTIs.
Endometriosis is not just a gynecological condition, but an inflammatory disease that can affect the whole body. A naturopath’s role in treating endometriosis is to identify and treat all the possible underlying causes of immune dysfunction and inflammation.
One of the most important findings from medical research over the past several years has been the significant link between inflammation and the onset of depression. So what is inflammation? How does it occur? How can it cause depression? And what can we do about it….??