Allergies and Your Gut
More and more studies are showing distinct differences in the microbiomes of people with allergies and people without allergies. This is true for both food, skin, and respiratory allergies. A more diverse microbiome, in general, is associated with a decreased risk of allergic reactions. The microbiome is the community of organisms that reside in the digestive tract. These organisms help us absorb nutrients, are our 1st line of defense from invading microorganisms that can make us sick, and they also send signals whose effects can be seen throughout the body.
Several factors can influence one's microbiomes, such as genetics, diet, antibiotic use, and early-life exposure to bacteria (through vaginal delivery and/or breastfeeding). While some of these factors are beyond our control, we do have significant control over the health and diversity of our microbiome. A varied diet, full of whole, unprocessed foods encourages a diverse and healthy microbiome.
Another way to promote a healthy gut is to make sure you are getting enough fiber daily. Many people assume they are getting adequate intake from food, but on average, the standard diet is lucky to provide 15 grams per day. Often, it is much less. This is approximately 1/2 the amount needed to feed those good bacteria. What can we do? Taking a fiber supplement daily can ensure we have enough fiber to support a healthy microbiome. Metabolic Code Sunfiber is very easy to use, easy to tolerate, tasteless, and dissolves in water.
Replacing those good bacteria is also critical, so taking a quality probiotic supplement daily will help restore that balance between good bugs and bad bugs. PDLabs Probiotic capsules are high potency with a variety of studied strains to support your gut health.
If you need help with allergies or overall gut health, please reach out to us and we can set up a wellness consultation.
Han, et al. “The association between intestinal bacteria and allergic diseases-cause or consequence?” Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol., 15 April 2021 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2021.650893