Read this if you take probiotics
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.