Histamine Issues? The Best Bifidobacterium Species
Time to consider your gut health
If you find yourself with histamine issues and also easily stressed out more frequently than usual, then this article is for you.
When the brain is troubled, it tells the gut, and vice versa. When the gut is unhealthy, it lets the brain know, triggering mood and emotional changes.
Knowing this is true, the question becomes: what can we do about it?
You may have already heard about Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as the best probiotic species for your body.
In fact, many people get their daily dose of probiotics from foods like kefir, kimchi, yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and miso, to name a few.
The combination of these good bacteria species in your gut can improve the gut flora as well as boost the immunity within the body.
Lactobacillus is a warrior on its own, but some people can be sensitive to it.
Individuals with histamine-issues are often quite sensitive to lactobacillus and do better to avoid it.
Bifidobacterium to the rescue!
Bifidobacteria is the gentler of the two species and is known to be a “friendly bug” for two reasons:
The first is that bifidobacteria is the predominant bacteria in the human gut. Their numbers are in trillions compared to lactic acid bacteria which only compose 1% of the gut microbiome population.
The other reason is that we are all born with bifidobacteria.
You’d be surprised to know that this bacteria strain makes up 60% of the infant gut flora.
And if a baby is born through vaginal delivery, the more bifidobacteria they have in their tummies. What we can get from these reasons is that the bifidobacteria are well-adapted to the human gut and that familiarity is what makes it easier on the intestine and the GI tract.
Possible sensitivities to certain probiotics
However, one other reason people do better on bifidobacterium rather than lactobacillus species has to do with amines.
Lactobacillus species of bacteria contain biogenic amines, which sensitive individuals can have a reaction to.
The most common amines are histamine, tryptamine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine.
The problem with amines is it can overstimulate the central nervous system, which results in an abnormal flow of blood to and from the brain. As a result, people who are sensitive to amines may experience headaches, irritability, itchiness and other symptoms.
Histamine issues and probiotics
If this sounds like you, a probiotic without Lactobacillus may be better for you.
That’s why we created a bifido-only probiotic: Bifidus Mood Boost. It’s created only with Bifidobacterium species plus our prebiotic GOS.
Additionally, if you’re sensitive to it amines, eating probiotic-rich foods may increase histamine levels in the body. Why? Because probiotic foods contain bifidobacterium AND lactobacillus species.
When histamine levels increase, the blood vessels dilate. This makes the blood vessels more permeable, meaning the immune cells can’t really get to where they’re going to fight off harmful pathogens.
The result? Swelling and redness in the affected area as well as the onset of allergy symptoms.
Unfortunately, there are lactic acid bacteria strains that can stimulate the production of more histamine, such as Lactobacillus buchneri, Lactobacillus hilgardii, and Streptococcus, so you might want to avoid those.
Slow and steady wins with probiotics
While most people will enjoy the benefits of bifidobactera probiotics without a hitch, there are still those who will be sensitive to it at first.
Yes! Sensitive to the one that is for sensitive people!
Issues at first are likely due to the body still adjusting to the new probiotic bacteria, which your body was not used to having. This can sometimes lead to stomach discomfort like gas, or bloating.
This adjustment period is natural, and slowing down your dosage will help a lot. You can do that by opening the capsule and pouring a small amount into a drink or applesauce. By going slow, you reduce the chance of your body being overwhelmed by the influx of good bacteria.
Bifidus Mood Boost: histamine-free probiotics
Here at Lifted Naturals, we strive hard to accommodate the unique needs of all of our customers, which is why our Bifidus Mood Boost only contains the friendliest bacteria, designed for histamine-sensitive individuals.
This bacteria species knows your gut more than any other probiotic out there so you’ll want to these bugs working on your side.
Here are the four superstars of our Bifido Only Probiotic Supplement:
- B. infantis – is a powerplayer due to its ability to reduce mood issues
- B. breve – has therapeutic potential for averting cognitive decline or impairment B. longum – known to reduce stress and improve how our body handles stress
- B. bifidum – helps with a variety of gastrointestinal tract issues that can have a direct effect on mood
We hope this article was helpful for you!