The Body

It’s true: you are what you eat! Your brain chemicals, your immune system, your hormones, and all of your body’s organs are made entirely of the plants and/or animals you eat. Click on a body part below to learn how it works and which nutrients it likes and doesn’t like. Information about the role of nutrition in specific diseases that affect each organ will be added to these sections over time.

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  • Kristen

    What about the liver? 🙂 Specifically doses the liver make sugar? I thought I heard that once but I am not sure!

    • Hi Kristen

      Yes, the liver is the organ in the body that can turn protein into sugar by a process called “gluconeogenesis.”

      • bigmyc

        Or fat. I believe that the liver converts fat into ketone bodies to use as fuel as well.

  • Jme

    I am on verapamil but since I need to be on a low histamine diet due to chronic migraine, I see this drug is counter productive for DAO production. I also have celiac. What is a better drug to switch to, to control my high bp?

    • KJH

      For BP control, I take Lisinopril (an ACE blocker). One of its positive side-effects is migraine prophylaxis — which I’ve experienced. Also, I take oral Diamine Oxidase 20,000 HDU — two capsules before each meal for most brands. It’s about $1.00 per capsule, but works well for my histamine intolerance and migraine. A Spanish study, presented several years ago, demonstrated oral DAO efficacy in significantly reducing migraine severity and duration. Google: “lisinopril migraine”, lisinopril multiple sclerosis”, and “diamine oxidase migraine” for more info.

  • Lilly

    Hi, your website is so informative! I have Celiac Disease, lactose intolerance, hypoglycemia, extreme histamine intolerance, food sensitivies, hypersensitivity to smells, many environmental allergies, and also am allergic to all mammals due to alpha gal. You can see how these pose major complicatioms to my diet and attempts to regain and maintain overall health. I suspect that I have DAO. I am in the process of systematically cutting out high histamine foods and any others that cause an allergic reaction to any part of my body. Is there any advice you could give me with this crazy mix of autoimmune diseases, allergies, and intolerances?

Last Modified: May 26, 2015 at 2:31pm