Gut Flora and Allergy Prevention

More People Have Allergies Today then Ever Before

There is an epidemic spreading across the earth. About 15 million Americans are living with allergies and one in every 13 children are plagued with this illness. This is why it’s recommended to have allergy testing done to pinpoint the allergen. Once you know what’s causing your symptoms, you can obtain treatment from a naturopathic medicine clinic.

The Role of Gut Bacteria in Protecting Against Allergies

In one study using mice, it was found that gut flora called Clostridia could help stop your body from developing allergic reactions to food. What’s surprising is that once Clostridia bacteria numbers were restored in the mice, the food allergens were reversed.

Further research showed that Clostridia plays a significant role in preventing leaky gut syndrome, which happens when your blood is polluted with allergens, leading to an immune response. This has lead to a number of natural allergy treatment options, like probiotic therapies and SLIT.

There’s no definitive answer for why allergies occur, but it’s believed that modern hygienic and dietary practices play a significant role in disturbing the natural bacterial composition inside your body. This includes having C-sections, eating high fat diets, overusing antibiotics and bottle feeding formula to babies. Based on the results of the study “Bunning Food Allergy” performed by the University of Chicago, these are the most likely causes of today’s increase in allergies.

Gut Flora Disruption Lead to Long-Term Metabolic Issues

Aside from allergies, early disruption of gut bacteria can also cause issues with your metabolism. In a study done recently, infants that were exposed to antibiotics grew up to have problems with obesity. This study was published in Cell, which showed that mice given antibiotics their first month of life were 25 percent heavier as they grew older and had 60 percent more fat.

Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome

A diet change is needed if you want to maintain healthy gut bacteria levels. For instance, you want to rule out grains, sugar, processed and pasteurized foods, chlorinated tap water, GMOs and conventionally-raised meat products. You can also talk to a doctor of naturopathic medicine to learn more about preventing an imbalance in gut flora.