Four ways to support gut health

Four ways to support gut health

Looking after your gut is important if you suffer from allergy symptoms because the gut (or gastrointestinal tract) forms part of the gastrointestinal system – a group of organs that work together to consume, digest and expel food. The gut tissue in GI tract also represents almost 70 per cent of the entire immune system and is home to around 80 per cent of IgA (the food allergy antibody) producing cells(1).

So, try these four great ways to support your gut health:

1. Increase beneficial bacteria – the gut is home to a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria help regulate digestion, protect the body from harmful bacteria, regulate inflammation levels and minimise intestinal permeability. So, restore the balance by taking a daily probiotic or by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi.

2. Nourish the lining of the gut – the mucosal lining of the gut acts as a barrier to prevent bacteria, toxins and other materials from ‘leaking’ into the bloodstream. But it can be comprised by environmental factors like diet, lifestyle or medication which can lead to a condition known as leaky gut. Nourish your mucosal lining by consuming amino acids like glutamine, which can be extracted by boiling bones and cartilage (bone broth) or is available in supplement form.

3. Increase your fibre intake – short-chain fatty acids (known to promote gut health and prevent inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis (2)) are produced by bacteria in the gut during fermentation of dietary fibre. So, support your gut health by consuming high-fibre foods like:

  • Artichokes (especially Jerusalem artichoke)
  • Leeks and asparagus spears
  • Raw white onions and garlic
  • Berries (like raspberries and blueberries)
  • Fruits (like nectarines, watermelon, banana or pear)
  • Green vegetables (like broccoli, kale and red leaf lettuce)

4. Manage allergies and sensitivities with PAT – allergies and sensitivities can contribute to general inflammation levels in the body, which can disturb bacterial balance and contribute to the development of leaky gut.

At HWA, we perform a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT), which may help identify and reduce your reactions to various food and environmental substances.

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 food and environmental substances that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms

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

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/

(2) https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms7734

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