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Anxiety: Why isn’t anyone talking about the histamine connection?


Anxiety can be a normal response to stressful situations.


It is normal to feel anxious with new situations such as a new job, or a new relationship.


Other situations that often illicit anxiety could be taking an exam, being stuck in traffic or running late for a meeting.


But when that feeling of anxiety is extreme or when it becomes chronic and starts interfering with daily life, then your body is trying to communicate that something is wrong.


What might your body be trying to tell you? How does it let you know that something is up?


What anxiety can look like...


Your body might be trying to communicate through an anxiety attack, or maybe through symptoms like an increase in heart and breathing rates, dizziness, or restlessness. It could show up as troubles with sleep.


You might even struggle with digestive symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, or more general digestive upset. You could also have tightness in your chest, or a feeling of losing control.


First things first: check in with your medical team.


If you doctor gives you a diagnosis of anxiety, then suggestions might include medication. If you are working with a naturopathic doctor, then suggestions might include herbals and supplements.


Whether someone chooses medication or a more natural form of treatment, these treatments are usually aimed at rebalancing neurotransmitters like GABA, serotonin or dopamine.

Histamine is a neurotransmitter too!


Consider this: high histamine can contribute to an increase in heart rate, changes in blood pressure, dizziness, troubles sleeping and GI symptoms.


Those symptoms are the very same symptoms as anxiety.


Is it possible that your anxiety is histamine or mast cell mediated?



You might already know the answer to that question, but if you don’t, then head over our Resources Page and have a look at the Histamine Symptoms.


Do you have several of these symptoms? Or have you had them in the past?


If you answered yes to either of those questions, then it’s time to consider that histamine or mast cell activation might be at the root of your anxiety.

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