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Allergies and Depression

By May 22, 2015December 3rd, 2020Moods and Hormones

Allergies and Depression


Allergy Testimony: Hi Maria – I purchased the keto plan from you last fall and while I read items from the package and some recipes, I never actually started on it until this week. I needed to make a change and finally started on the plan Monday. I’m happy to report that in 3 days – I’m down 4 lbs and feel awesome! I’ve never lost 4 lbs in three days even when I did the previous plan from you (my original plan was not the keto adapted ones). You are the only person that has made a difference in my health for the better consistently with the advice you offer. I love seeing your posts (health and family ones) every day. You make me motivated to be healthier!

My IBS symptoms and allergy reactions have all been dramatically reduced since my first meeting with you, even with my bad habits the last few months. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and thank you again for all you do!!! Jessi

Allergy Testimony: “I’ve done 4 yrs of allergy shots and took 3 allergy meds everyday for 15 yrs. As soon as I went Gluten and dairy free, no more allergies and my acne cleared up! Yesterday was the real test when we had Santa Ana winds, but still no allergies – Carey

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Allergies and Depression

High Histamines block serotonin and will cause depression!

Itchy eyes? Drippy nose? Overwhelming sneezing? Seasonal allergies affect over 36 million Americans and they aren’t just an annoying physical issue, we now know that there is a true link with allergies and depression. High histamines bind with serotonin (our feel-good brain neurotransmitter) and are blocked from entering the brain which leads do depression.

I do want to lead with saying that depression isn’t always caused by allergies, many things cause depression and this is just one area. But it is important for allergy sufferers to understand their low mood isn’t just because they are miserable with allergy symptoms.

The allergy trigger is an immune reaction that discharges cytokines, which are protein molecules used for cellular communication. When the cytokines signal the brain, they bring ill feelings and they are present in allergies. High histamines block serotonin getting to the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of contentment and happiness. The low serotonin causes low moods, intense cravings for sugar and sleep issues.

Children are more vulnerable to intense swings in moods and behaviors related to allergies because their bodies are more sensitive. When allergies engulf children’s immune system, they have more sleep issues and outbursts.



Side effects of allergy medications such as Allegra and Zyrtec often cause irregular sleeping patterns that increase irritability. If you get the medications with a “decongestant” the added  benefit comes with a price. The decongestant chemical that comforts your scratchy eyes and throat also adds stress to the prostate and heart, as well as causes insomnia. Instead I recommend natural cures such as a product called D-HIST.

I suggest 1 capsule D-HIST right away when you wake up. It will help not only with sinus issues, but it clears up rashes on the skin. Click HERE to find.

Click HERE to find children’s D-Hist Junior. 

I also suggest to take one 500 mg capsule of methionine four times daily. It is an amino acid that counterbalances the effects of too much histamines by calming the brain’s ring structure that produces histamines. This is a non-essential amino acid which means your body can’t produce it and you must obtain from food or supplement.

These are just a few tips on healing your body. If you would like more help, I would be honored to help with a consult.

My passion is getting everyone to feel and be the best they deserve!


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Donna Hardin says:

    How interesting! Anxious to help my hubby out with these suggestions!

  • Great info. Thanks, Maria.

  • Janet t says:

    thank you maria!

  • Kelly says:

    Can young children take 500 mg capsule of methionine four times daily? My almost 5yr old grandson has terrible sinus allergies. I ordered the suggested children’s item above but wanted to know about the methionine for him.

  • Wendy says:

    What about Claritin and steroid nasal inhalers such as Flonase? I have been plagued will allergies all my 42 years and this combo really works (finally). Despite giving up all my food allergens and quitting dairy I still couldn’t breathe through my nose until I started Flonase in January.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Ideally, diet and supplements would be preferred over medications. But that can take some work to find out the best combination (a phone consult would be best). 🙂

  • Hélène says:

    Don’t you think diet, and esp the gut-immune system, is so related to allergies, even seasonal allergies, that these supplements are not going to do much for most sufferers? I know you’re trying to treat the, sometimes debilitating, symptoms but I’ve never found much help nor know of anyone who has, until the gut is cleaned up. This year is a bad one around here for ppl, but I’m having no trouble now. To be fair, I can get an allergy attack in Jan “for no reason”. But I sometimes get bad fall allergies or even spring allergies if it’s a real bad yr.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, these will give some relief but as with most issues, unless the diet is corrected (well formulated keto) then you won’t realize the full release that is possible in many cases. 🙂

  • krickt says:

    I cut all grains and sugar out of my diet about a year ago. Three weeks after I did, my allergies stopped. That could have been because summer (95degree weather) killed everything I was allergic to, but I didn’t get my fall allergies, and I looked up to find my 1 year keto aniversary here before my allergies hit. I didn’t have a single allergy symptom this year! I got the keto flu once, but cleared that up pretty quick. Now the test will come soon, because we have gotten 3 years of rain in a few weeks which means the mold is coming, but I have never made it to May without at least a month of drippy, itchy and sneezy. I think I’ve found the perfect way to fuel and feed my body. Grains were killing me in so many ways, I just didn’t know!
    Thanks Maria, for making this so easy to try and stick with!

  • Lynn says:

    I hadn’t really taken notice, but now that I’ve read this post – I have had very few allergy symptoms this spring! A very little bit of watery eyes for a few days and a couple days of headaches, but other than that my sinuses are clear and my post nasal drip is gone! And I’m not even 100% on this eating plan… probably 80%. I am gradually making changes but have already cut all grains out and eating lots more healthy fats. It is an adjustment for sure, but it works! I am starting to lose weight, and I am going to stick with it! I hope to be 100% healthified soon! 🙂 Thanks so much Maria!

  • patriknn1 says:

    Hi Maria!
    Would this be usable even for someone sensitive histamines in food?
    Thanks / Patrik

  • Kristen Fulton says:

    I purchased the D-Hist Jr. and noticed the first ingredient is Natural Cane sugar…. just curious, will that effect ketosis in kiddos? THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

  • Jenni says:

    Hi !aroa, what would be your recommendations for those with histamine intolerance? A low cane diet is hard with histamine issues! No pork or prefrozen meats or seafood or cheese or egg whites or avocados… Or fermented veggies… It’s tricky! Thanks

  • fullfatkat says:

    According to the Water Cure doctor, Dr Batmanghalidj, histamine, a neurotransmitter, functions in water balance in the body. Dehydration causes the body to produce more histamine. Histamine also functions as a defence against foreign bodies. So, if dehydrated, the body will produce more histamine and become more sensitive to foreign bodies (pollen etc)…

  • nicci says:

    can my 12yr old take the D-hist or should I get the Jr? & can she take the 500mg Methionine?

  • Patty says:

    Any background in working with MCAS clients? Recommendations regarding Quercitrin? Starting to use your recipes while experimenting with foods and histamine responses. Any feedback on the SIGHI histamine list? Thanks!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, we have. A well formulated dairy free low histamine ketogenic or carnivore diet can be very healing for this 🙂

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