Five reasons allergy sufferers should take a probiotic

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Our gut is full of ‘good’ bacteria that help regulate digestion and safeguard our immune system. In fact, about 75 per cent[1] of the living cells in our bodies are live bacteria and most of them – both good and bad – set up home in your intestines.

Comparatively speaking there aren’t too many ‘bad’ (harmful) types of bacteria – a healthy balance in the body is about 85 per cent ‘good’ and 15 per cent ‘bad’[2]. But this balance can be thrown out by environmental factors like diet, lifestyle or medication, which may lead to allergies/sensitivities and other health problems. Find out five reasons why people with allergies should be taking good bacteria (probiotics) to help restore the balance …

 

  1. Good bacteria can help reduce eczema symptoms, especially in children

Research shows that good bacteria, like Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum, can help relieve the eczema itch. Giving an infant probiotics may also help prevent the development of eczema. This is because early introduction of good bacteria in the gut can help train the immune system to better distinguish between harmful and non-harmful substances, and to respond appropriately.

 

  1. Good bacteria may help reduce hay fever symptoms

Probiotics may reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in hay fever sufferers because the restoration of good bacteria in the gut may stop the immune system from reacting to pollens.

 

  1. Good bacteria can help heal a leaky gut

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes more porous (‘holey’) and inflamed. This allows a greater amount of undigested food particles, bad bacteria and toxins to leak into the bloodstream, which may spark sensitivities and contribute to long-term health conditions. Luckily, probiotics can help encourage the production of a protective mucous along the wall of the gut, which can help heal the gut and reduce sensitivities.

 

  1. Good bacteria can help reduce histamine levels

Histamine is an incredible chemical that helps regulate immune reactions, gut function and central nervous system processes. But it’s also the chemical that’s responsible for your dreaded allergy symptoms, and, if your body is unable to break it down properly, you can develop histamine intolerance.

Histamine intolerance can be sparked by a variety of things but is most commonly caused by gut conditions like leaky gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which make it harder for your body to break down histamine.

There are some probiotics – like Lactobacillus casei, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus – which are high in histamine and should be avoided if you have histamine intolerance. However, there are some good bacteria such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Lactobacillus reuteri. – that can help reduce the level of histamine in the body.

 

  1. They aid digestion

People with allergies often struggle with digestive issues. Taking a probiotic – particularly the Lactobacillus species – may aid digestion because these bacteria help break down carbohydrates and produce lactic acid, which has been linked to improved absorption of nutrients, improved digestion of lactose (the sugar in milk), and reduced risk for intestinal infections and some cancers.

 

Natural Allergy Treatment

At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use an alternative technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your sensitivities. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to foods, like sugars, that may be causing or exacerbating your symptoms.

Our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.

 

Want to know if PAT is right for you? Get in touch!

Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment with one of our experienced PAT practitioners in one our clinic locations – North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland – by:

using our Request an appointment online service
calling our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).

 

[1] ScienceNews. Body’s bacteria don’t outnumber human cells so much after all. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/body%E2%80%99s-bacteria-don%E2%80%99t-outnumber-human-cells-so-much-after-all

[2] American Nutrition Association. The science of probiotics. http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/science-probiotics

 

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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