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Read this if you take pro­bi­otics

First For Women - - Health -

Count­less stud­ies tout the ben­e­fits of tak­ing pro­bi­otics and eat­ing fer­mented foods, but ex­perts have is­sued a sur­pris­ing cau­tion: ”From a stand­point of the his­tamine par­a­digm, those healthy habits can back­fire,” says Ron­ald Hoff­man, M.D. Why? Fer­mented foods (like yo­gurt, kim­chi, sauer­kraut and vine­gar) and some pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments can spike his­tamine lev­els to trig­ger an al­lergy-like re­sponse. “These re­ac­tions are a good clue that you might have his­tamine in­tol­er­ance,” says Dr. Hoff­man. “You’re do­ing all the right things, but it’s not help­ing you feel bet­ter.” His ad­vice: Avoid pro­bi­otics with the strains Lac­to­bacil­lus ca­sei and Lac­to­bacil­lus bul­gar­i­cus— both may in­crease his­tamine load. And limit fer­mented foods and foods known to boost his­tamine (see in­for­ma­tion at right). Once the body is cleared of his­tamine, you may be able to add small amounts of these foods back into your diet.

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