Inside my Facebook group, Chronic Urticaria Solution Seekers, we get new members every day asking the same question: “How do I treat chronic hives?”
Most of the members have been dealing with hives for a while, and tried multiple things to manage their symptoms. They’re sick of relying on medications, and are ready to explore an alternative approach.
While there are many natural solutions to treat chronic hives, there are also a lot of mistakes people make along the way.
As someone who’s helped dozens of clients become hive-free, my goal is to help you stop making these common mistakes, so you can find the root cause of your chronics hives once and for all.
Mistake #1: You have the wrong mindset
The key to treating your chronic hives starts with one thing: belief.
If you don’t believe that healing without medication is possible, it’s going to be difficult to create results. As someone who struggled with hives for years, I understand this is easier said than done. Hives can be a really debilitating and isolating experience. Not only is the persistent itch enough to drive you crazy, but the overwhelming impact of not figuring out how to stop them is exhausting.
It makes sense you’d want to feel seen by others going through the same thing. And in a way, that’s what chronic urticaria communities are for. They’re a great place to share what you’re going through, and get advice.
However, I see many people use these communities to reinforce their negative beliefs and avoid taking action. In other words, they stay stuck in the problem instead of focusing on a solution.
If you want to make progress on your healing journey, you need to stop focusing on the problem, and start believing that healing is possible. Surround yourself with people who’ve gotten the results you want, and be open to trying different things. A positive mindset is not only the first step towards healing, but it can take you a lot farther than you realize.
Mistake #2: You’re using supplements as a band-aid
For people who are wary of prescription drugs, supplements seem like the natural solution. They have less long-term side effects than prescription drugs, and offer an easy fix.
And in some cases, that’s true! Supplements like quercetin, bromelain, and stinging nettles can help reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system. By supplementing with these compounds, you can lower your body’s histamine bucket, and find some relief from your symptoms.
But what most people don’t understand is they do nothing to address the root cause of your hives. They’re simply another surface level solution to a deep seated problem. Instead of relying on supplements as a band-aid for your health issues, use them to support an already healthy diet and lifestyle.
Mistake #3: You’re following a low-histamine diet
Anyone who Googles “how to treat chronic hives naturally” is likely to come across the low-histamine diet. It’s one of the most popular “natural” ways to manage your hives, and also one of the biggest missteps you can make.
Similar to supplements, a low-histamine diet is another quick-fix solution that doesn’t work long-term. It may lower your histamine bucket temporarily, but it does nothing to address why you have high histamine in the first place.
The idea behind a low-histamine diet is simple: avoid foods that contain high levels of histamine. This includes:
- Fermented foods like cheese, yogurt, pickles, and sourdough
- Processed meats
- Citrus fruits
- Legumes like soybeans, chickpeas, and peanuts.
This is by no means a complete list of foods to avoid, which is why it’s so hard to stick with.
Other reasons I do not recommend this diet:
- Histamine levels in food are difficult to quantify
- This diet eliminates healthy foods like bone broth, fermented foods, spinach, and avocado
- You may have food intolerances unrelated to histamine that are not being addressed
- Certain dairy and gluten containing foods are still allowed
If you want to use nutrition to reverse your hives, you’re on the right track. Instead of focusing on a low-histamine diet, try an anti-inflammatory diet. Gluten, dairy, sugar, and processed foods are known for inflaming the gut, which plays a role in your condition, Plus, anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are naturally lower in histamine, making it a less restrictive way to support your health.
Since high levels of histamine are caused by an overactive immune system, focusing on your immune health is one way to heal your hives at the root level. And where is 70% of your immune system located?
In your gut. Which leads me to mistake #4…
Mistake #4: You’re ignoring your gut health
If you want to stop relying on medications, creams, supplements, and restrictive diets to manage your hives you need to start focusing on gut health. Restoring your gut lining is key to calming your immune system, and treating your hives for good.
But healing your gut isn’t as simple as taking a probiotic and calling it a day. If you want to see real results, you need to repair your gut from top to bottom.
What does that mean exactly?
Digestion doesn’t begin in the stomach. It begins in the brain. The moment you start thinking about food, your body secretes salivary enzymes to help break it down.
After the brain, digestion moves to the mouth. Chewing is one of the most underrated, yet transformational gut health hacks out there. And the best part?…it’s free! By chewing your food to completion (about 50 chews per bite), you’re optimizing digestion before your food even hits the stomach.
And once it does, you need enough stomach acid to break that food down. If you have low stomach acid, undigested food ferments in your small intestine which can interfere with nutrient absorption. By addressing your gut health from top to bottom, you can optimize digestion to become hive free.
But digestion isn’t the only contributing factor to gut health. Chronic stress, environmental toxins, and food sensitivities also impact your body’s ability to heal. You must address ALL of these factors,to heal your gut naturally, and finally get your hives under control.
But doing so on your own can be tricky, which leads me to my next point…
Mistake #5: You’re hacking it on your own
It’s one thing to understand how to reverse your hives, but an entirely different thing to try and do it on your own. Without a proven process to follow, you’re simply throwing random things at the wall, waiting to see what sticks. This trial and error method can lead to a lot of wasted time, effort, and money.
It’s also easy to start comparing your journey to someone else’s. I see a lot of people in my Facebook group trying things that work for others but aren’t right for them. This can lead to a lot of frustrating dead ends that demoralize your mindset and efforts.
Another thing that happens when you try to hack it on your own is wasting time with more quick fix solutions. As we’ve discussed, things like supplements and avoiding certain foods do nothing to address the root cause of your hives. Following these rabbit holes can be a huge waste of time, and add to your confusion.
Instead of trying to hack it on your own, seek support from an expert who already has a process that works.
As a functional medicine coach, I’ve helped dozens of people become hive free. My client Britney struggled with hives since 2012, and working together we were able to not only clear her hives, but improve her autoimmune condition. My client Jasmine was down to just 2 foods at one point in her journey, and now can enjoy a diverse diet without fearing her hives will return.
These results are possible because these women had the right mindset, stopped relying on quick-fix solutions, and finally got the support they needed.
If you’re sick of feeling frustrated, helpless, and confused on your hive-free journey, you need a structured plan that gets real results…fast. With my 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge, you’ll receive 7 days of recipes, guidance, and support to reset your gut. This challenge is the foundation of what I teach my hive-free clients, and you can get started for free.
Ready to finally make progress treating your chronic hives?