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Seasonal Allergies and Gut Health

Ever heard the saying ‘a healthy gut equals a healthy you’? The reason it’s true is because our health is directly linked to the gut. An unhealthy gut can result in one experiencing seasonal allergies, making us feel more unwell.

Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, present different allergy symptoms for each individual, but they can include: red, watery, itchy, and/or puffy eyes, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, coughing, headache and sore throat.

What Causes a Seasonal Allergy?

An allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts. The immune system is designed to protect the body from viruses and bacteria that can make one ill, but sometimes (as in the case of seasonal allergies) the body’s immune system has an overly aggressive response to pollen, grass, and other seemingly harmless substances in the environment. In such cases the immune system sees pollen, grass etc as a threat and so releases chemicals that cause the inflammation linked to one’s troublesome allergy symptoms.

Bacteria and Seasonal Allergies

There is an abundance of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that live in the gut, help digest food as well as play a key role in immune system function. In fact, up to 80% of the whole immune system lives in the gut!

A lack of certain bacteria can lead to increased vulnerability to allergies. So by healing the gut, there may well be an improvement in your allergy symptoms.

Are Probiotics and Prebiotics the Way Forward to Help Treating Seasonal Allergies?

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Gut dysfunction caused by low levels of friendly bacteria in the gut could be helped through increasing the consumption of probiotics and prebiotics.

Probiotics help boost the amount of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract which helps improve gut health. BioPlus Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus Acidophillus, are two well-researched probiotic strains, containing live cultures – all natural, and with no added colourings, flavours or preservatives, to help maintain digestive health and immunity.

 

Prebiotics travel through the small intestine undigested and ferment in the large intestine. The fermentation process helps feed the friendly bacteria in the gut and in turn, increases the amount of friendly bacteria in the gut.

 

According to research, improving the level of friendly gut bacteria through, consuming foods or supplements rich in live cultures, can help heal the gut and relieve seasonal allergies – naturally.