Archive | March, 2012

Leaky gut and barrier problems

31 Mar

I had taken the HNMT-gene defect test a few months ago. It came back as clear, so I do not have a gene defect concerning histamine intolerance.

Off course once starts wondering what has triggered it to flare up? Leaky gut syndrome can be a cause of many intolerances.  Now what is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Basically, it means that underlying food issues such as other intolerances and the lot, can cause  damage to the gut causing it to get more ‘leaky’. So your gut barrier is just letting a lot more stuff through then is really good for you.

Let’s say you have a lactose intolerance, but unaware of it.  Because of the constant triggering of your gut barrier, you will cause inflammation and your gut barrier will get more leaky. Because it gets more leaky, other stuff gets into the bloodstream that really shouldn’t be there causing your body to react to it.

This was sent to me by my nutritionist Micki Rose:

A leak in the intestine- the leaky-gut syndrome

In people with leaky-gut syndrome the “tight junctions” between the mucosa cells have become loose and with this the permeability of the gut mucosa is increased. The causes for this can include:

A bad diet, taking pain killers and/or antibiotics, gut dysbiosis or psychological stress. The leaky gut mucosa releases substances into the blood stream like allergy causing antigens and histamine, which should normally not be absorbed.

Practice has shown that the well-known allergy of the immediate onset type actually had to be classified into three groups:

a) The classic immediate onset allergy triggered by specific

IgE antibodies.

b) Histamine intolerance

c) A combination of a) and b)

In each of these groups the leaky-gut syndrome can occur and again lead to a considerable worsening of symptoms.”

So there you have it. Often one foodintolerance goes hand in hand with another, and this is the reason why.. Healing the gut should always be on your list of things to do 😉

I also want to refer to the article below, as Micki Rose has a knack for explaining it better then I can.

And then this. Leaky gut can be tested. Even tho its a bit expensive, it might give you proper insight on how well/bad your gut is doing!

And also this is definetly something to keep an eye open for!!!

We’ll be needing to keep an eye out on all barriers, and not just the gut!

Gut luck to all!

Gluten sensitive. Gluten what???

18 Mar

So I have been doing research for the past 6 years now into histamine, and only the past year I have been looking more into gluten.

The reason for this was very simple. Altho I had been on a histamine low diet for 5 years, I was getting daily headaches and migraines that would last weeks, my joints and muscle would feel like I was run over by a truck, and I still couldn’t sleep was waking up every singly night multiple times per night.

I didn’t have a clue what was going on, was on a LOT of painkillers and very often friends and family just told me it was all in my head. You can imagine that wasn’t really helpful for my mood at all. I seriously started believing I was just making it all up till a very lovely and bright lady mentioned a nutritionist to me. I contacted this lady and explained  my symptoms and the first thing she said was ‘if you don’t have NCGS, I’ll eat my own hat’.

She never had to eat her own hat.

NCGS. Non Coeliac Gluten sensitivity. Say what? Yup, that was my reaction too. I only ever heard of gluten intolerance, or coeliacs so this was all ever so new to me.

The test results came back a double DQ1/DQ1 whammy. So what did this mean? Basically I’m grain sensitive. Most gluten intolerant people and coeliacs are put on a wheat free diet, but truth is all grains contain gluten! Yup, including corn and rice too!

So I put myself on a grainfree diet, and symptoms soon started to get better. But that wasn’t the end of the ride tho… far from it.

It turns out I’m very sensitive to corn ( corn contains the gluten Zien, and up to 55% of it!!!!! No wonder its bad for you…) so I had to cut out all corn.

Well, that’s easy enough you might think. Well, think again! Corn is used in EVERYTHING!!!! As good as in all medication, make up, toiletries, sunscreens, householdproducts, etc etc etc… Believe me, tackling that still is a challenge.

Now why is this so important to me? Before I was diagnosed NCGS, I had already asked my GP about  possible gluten issues. She told me that I do not display the typical symptoms of gluten intolerant people.

Well, let me give you some of the symptoms that grain sensitive people suffer from..

“The Following Diseases Have Been Directly Associated with Gluten Sensitivity.

Those diagnosed with these conditions may benefit tremendously by being genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.

The following is a list of very common manifestations. Below is a more detailed list:










Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Chronic Constipation

Iron deficiency anemia


High Cholesterol

Non alcoholic fatty liver disease


Chronic Fatigue syndrome

• Angina Pectoris (chest pain/pressure)

• Anorexia

• Immunoglobulinopathies

• Antiphospholipid syndrome

• Anxiety

• Apathy

• Apthous ulcers and canker sores

• Aortic Vasculitis

• Arthritis

• Juvenile rheumatoid

• Enteropathic

• Psoriatic

• rheumatoid

• Abdominal pain and distention

• Spontaneous abortion

• Addison’s Disease


• Alopecia (hair loss)

• Anemia (can be caused by the following nutrient deficiencies)

• Iron deficiency

• Folate deficiency

• B-12 deficiency

• B-6 deficiency

• Vitamin C deficiency

• Vitamin E deficiency

• Copper deficiency

• Ataxia

• Atherosclerosis

• Autism and other learning disorders

• Cholangitis (gall bladder)

• Dermatitis Herpetiformis

• Autoimmune hepatitis

• Polyglandular syndrome

• Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism)

• Bitot’s spots

• Blepharitis

• Abnormal blurry vision

• Bone pain

• Bone fractures

• Cachexia

• Bronchiectasis

• Bronchoalveolitis

• Adenocarcinoma of the intestine

• Small cell esophageal cancer

• Melanoma

• Asthma

• Cardiomegaly

• Cardiomyopathy

• Cataracts

• Cerebral perfusion abnormalities

• Cheilosis

• Chorea

• Coagulation abnormalities

• Crohn’s disease

• Ulcerative colitis

• Chronic constipation

• Coronary artery disease

• Diarrhea

• Lymphoma

• Cutaneous vasculitis

• Cystic fibrosis

• Delayed puberty

• Failure to thrive

• Dementia

• Depression

• Dermatomyositis

• Diabetes Mellitus type I (shares the same HLA genes as Celiac disease)

• Down syndrome

• Dysmenorrhea

• Dysgeusia

• Duodenal erosions

• Edema

• Eczema

• Dysphagia

• Epilepsy

• Spontaneous nose bleeds

• Erythema nodosum


• Growth retardation

• Mental retardation

• Secondary food allergy response

• Blood in the stool

• Gastric bloating

• Grave’s disease

• Bleeding gums

• Hair loss

• Heartburn

• H. pylori infection

• Hives


• Malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies

• Infertility

• Hypogonadism

• Hypoglycemia

• Hypospenism

• Thrombocytopenia

• Impotence

• Osteoporosis

• Insomnia

• IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

• Keratomalacia

• Lactose intolerance

• Loss of smell

• Non Hodgkin lymphoma

• Early menopause

• Migraine headache

• Multiple sclerosis

• Muscle wasting

• Myopathy

• Obesity

• Osteomalacia

• Osteopenia

• Parathyroid carcinoma

• Pancreatic insufficiency

• Polymyositis


• Biliary cirrhosis

• Psoriasis

• Dermatitis

• Sjogren’s syndrome

• Short stature

• Scleroderma

• Steatorrhea

• Spina bifida


• Tremors

• Parkinson’s disease

• Glossitis

• Vitiligo

• Vomiting

• Vaginitis


Umpf, still with me? Quite the list aye? So you might suffer from Fibromyalgia and not even know it could be gluten related!

My symptoms were incredibly wide. Most important I suffer from migraines that will last days. I will wake up various times per night, usually bathing in sweat. My joints feel like they’re at about to explode, or have rusted solid. My skin will look horrid as well. Other symptoms I have are: ADHD, bone fractures, exzema, depression,… .

Quite the list right? And all that for something most people haven’t heard about! And here lies the problem. Because it is a bit of an unknown issue, a lot of gluten sensitive people remain undiagnosed. The big problem is that they may think they are gluten intolerant and will have scratched wheat, but will keep poisoning themselves with other grains such as rice and corn.

Sound familiar? Well, here are a few tips to help you out.

Keep a food diary. I seriously can’t stress this out enough how important this is! However with sensitivities it is always important to keep in mind you might be dealing with delayed reactions.. Keeping a food diary will provide a good summary and will give you a nice insight of all the symptoms you have.

Go grainfree! I know this sounds really hard, especially in this society where everything is made out of grains but trust me, it is possible! You can look up some very nice paleo cooking sites that will help you get creative in the kitchen.

If you feel improvement after having gone grainfree, you can either get tested or just continue going grainfree. After all, the human body was never engineered to digest grains…

Here’s a full very helpful websites:

I found this book very very helpfull! Not only explains it why gluten are bad for you, but also provides helpfull tips and tricks in how to deal with it! Definetly worth its money!!

Michaela Rose’s website. She has NCGS herself, and she bombs this blog with tons and tons of info regarding food, supplements, cross contamination and tests! Very helpfull!

This society does genetic testing for NCGS. Definetly well worth taking a look around their website..

and some paleo cooking. Do be carefull tho! If you are very sensitive to grain, you will most likely not be able to tolerate grainfed chickens, or grainfed meat in general. Also, always go for line caught eco sustainable fish rather then aquaculture.

All the best!