In the post Hunting Headaches: Remaining Suspects in Early 2012, I listed a few ideas to test that might be causing my late night headaches. Idea #2 was histamines in food. It is unfortunate that histamines are in fermented foods. I love kimchi and sauerkraut. To test this out, I have drastically reduced the amount of fermented foods I’ve been eating. The very small amount I have is now restricted to the early morning hours. I’m still testing the histamine hypothesis, but it does appear to be at least a partial explanation as the cause of my headaches.
Back in the days when I used to eat grains and not eat fermented veggies, I would get sick on a frequent basis. In fact, it was one brutal head cold in June 2007 that forever changed my life. It forced me to reexamine my thoughts on nutrition. Not only did I stop getting sick, but my skin improved and I got flat abs for the first time in my adult life.
This past weekend I was at a table with someone who said “I might be coming down with something”. Since I don’t get sick anymore, I didn’t care. I felt invincible. Well, I got nailed. Granted the symptoms are far less than they were back in 2007. In fact, the symptoms were so mild that I wasn’t even certain that I had a cold until I start sneezing last night. Had I been on my full regiment of kimchi, I don’t think I would have gotten sick. Besides eliminating wheat, eating kimchi daily has kept illness at bay.
Me too Keira!
The big mistake I made was not taking the illness threat seriously. Last year when I got exposed to some sickness, not only did I load up on the kimchi, but I immediately consumed beef bone broth and ate a small amount of raw beef liver. I never got sick. Lesson learned.