Excess circulating histamine can cause a range of issues including (but not limited to) headaches, nasal congestion, changes in blood pressure, skin reactions, feelings of vertigo, palpitations, fatigue, flushing, anxiety, digestive symptoms and pre-menstrual symptoms.

This package is for you if you feel that you are experiencing some of these symptoms, and you suspect that foods or environmental factors may be making things worse.

Your symptoms may have started after an exposure to mould, or chemicals or a virus or parasite.

You might have a diagnosed digestive condition, but feel that the range of symptoms you are experiencing is a lot wider than you might expect, just from your existing condition.

If you’re a woman – your symptoms may be worse around your period or at ovulation.

You are looking to understand what you are reacting to, and want to be able to eat a broader diet without fear of the consequences.

You are looking for a holistic practitioner who is willing to look further than just taking out foods long term.

My aim is to help you to understand which underlying factors could be contributing to your symptoms of high histamine, and work with you to create a personalised diet and lifestyle plan to address these – so that you start to feel better in yourself.

Rather than just relying on a restrictive, low histamine diet long-term, my approach a holistic one – aiming to identify and address underlying imbalances that are both increasing the production of histamine in your body and reducing your ability to break it down. I use my framework for immune harmony as a guide, as this considers all the body systems, your environment, and your thoughts and emotions.

The programme includes a blood spot vitamin D test, as vitamin D plays a huge role in regulating immune function and supporting gut barrier health – both of which are required for optimal histamine balance.

In order to get greater insight into what factors are playing a role, so our programme can focus on the things that will make the biggest difference to your wellbeing, I may also recommend further functional tests. We can discuss the benefits of these at the initial consultation.

What is included

An initial 90-minute in-depth functional medicine and lifestyle assessment looking at your health up until this point, your diet and your lifestyle. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and keep a food diary for a few days prior to this session.

Three hours of online follow up sessions to be taken over 3-4 months. These can be taken in 30, 45 or 60 minute increments.

Email support in between consultations (up to 40 minutes)

Advice on testing and interpretation of results

10% discount on many supplements

Finger prick vitamin D test

Liaison with your GP or hospital team as required

What I need from you

Before we start, you must understand that this is a journey – not a race. There are many underlying factors of histamine intolerance, and some are easier to resolve than others. Nutritional therapy can help to address underlying imbalances that are contributing to your symptoms: supporting your immune system – for example helping to reduce inflammation which can activate immune cells that release histamine – improving detoxification, supporting your hormone balance and working towards optimising your digestive function, for starters.

Many times, the initial resolution of symptoms can require following a restricted diet for a period of time. However, even restricted diets can be varied and tasty! The long term aim however is to use this period to work on supporting the underlying imbalances that are contributing to your symptoms, so that in due course you can broaden your diet again.

In some cases, permanent removal of a particular food is necessary or advisable. However, if this is the case, I have a wealth of personal experience in following restricted diets – which don’t feel restrictive!

As I may recommend dietary supplements, I need you to keep me up to date with any prescription or over the counter medication you may be taking. This ensures that any dietary supplements I suggest will not interfere with your existing treatments.

Most importantly, however, I would like you to be open to my suggestions – even tiny things can make huge differences – as well as being honest with me. There is no point, when we are discussing what steps to take to support your wellbeing – if you nod and smile while all the time thinking ‘There’s no way I am going to do that’. Your input at this stage is critical – the plan needs to work for you, in real life.

If you are ready to put your health first, book in a 15 minute discovery call with me today.

What my clients are saying:

I sought help from Gemma after becoming ill with suspected COVID-19 and not recovering as I thought I would as a 'healthy' woman in my early 40's. For months after being ill from the virus I continued to have debilitating fatigue, stomach pain and bloating, heart palpitations, and I was unable to do much at all. I had medical tests which were all 'normal' and my GP had little to offer me. My illness and health problems have felt very overwhelming at times. Gemma is brilliant at thinking about mind and body, explaining what could be happening to me in ways I can easily understand, and helping make a plan and deciding where to start. Every time I speak to her I feel back in control of myself. I also have hope again!

Alison

Richmond

I came to Gemma as I was struggling with heartburn and feeling lonely and confused dealing with it on my own. Our work together has helped me to think a lot more about my needs food-wise and my eating behaviours. Implicit in the work was a message that it is 'right' and not indulgent to take care of myself. I would, and have, recommended Gemma as a knowledgeable practitioner who keeps the whole person in mind. 

Claire

Woking