Aaah-Choo! It’s that time of year again, at least for allergy sufferers!
Do you have a cough that comes on suddenly and never seems to go away? Does your breathing become impaired seemingly out of nowhere? Do you have itchy eyes or a never-ending runny nose? It can drive you mad!
Allergies move in and out (at least the airborne kind), but are especially difficult for most people in Spring and Fall. If you are having allergic reactions, the cause could be from an auto immune system that is not working properly.
Why does this happen?
It’s a gut issue!
You gut acts as your immune system control center. The body needs lots of probiotic foods that will help support the health of your gut. Add immune building formulas to a probiotic-rich diet, to keep your allergies under control!
Read on to learn more about how you can get through allergy season without having to succumb to the use of over-the-counter drugs. Your body will thank you!
What is Allergy?
Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, molds, foods and some medicines.
If you have an allergy, your immune system views the allergen as an invader and a chain reaction is initiated. White blood cells of the immune system produce antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to special cells called mast cells, causing a release of potent chemicals such as histamine.
Sources of allergies can include:
- Food (wheat, soy and dairy products)
- Dust and Mold
- Cats and Dogs Dander
- Bees – and many, many more! The list goes on and on!
How do allergies begin in the body?
Weak or stressed adrenal glands due to fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, stress, go-go lifestyles, negative emotions such as worry and fear and excessive toxic substances in the body, such as cigarette smoke, can lead to allergies of all kinds. We don’t have to look far in this fast-paced world we live to wonder how many of us have weakened or stressed adrenals.
Adrenals can be rebuilt with lots of rest, a nourishing diet, and supplementation including vitamins A, C, Ultra D3, and E.
Which areas of the body may be affected?
- The nose, eyes, sinuses and throat – When allergens are breathed in, the release of histamine causes the lining of your nose to produce mucus and to become swollen and inflamed. It causes your nose to run and itch and violent sneezing may occur. Your eyes may also start to water and you may get a sore throat.
- The lungs and chest – Asthma can sometimes be triggered during an allergic reaction. When an allergen is breathed in, the lining of the passages in the lungs swells and makes breathing difficult. Not all asthma is caused by allergy, but in many cases allergy plays a part.
- The stomach and bowel – Most stomach upsets are caused by richness or spiciness in the food itself, rather than an actual allergy. However, foods which are most commonly associated with allergy include peanuts, seafood, dairy products and eggs.
- The skin – Skin problems such as eczema (dry, red, itchy skin) and urticaria (also known as hives) often occur. Hives are white itchy bumps which look and feel like insect bites. Food may be a factor in some cases of hives and eczema.
Could My Allergy Really Start in My Gut?
Your stomach and intestines contain billions of good and harmful bacteria, essential for digesting food and supporting your immune system functions. Probiotic actually means “for life,” while antibiotic means “anti-life.” That’s an indication of how these amazing bacteria fight for our bodies against disease.
For the gut to provide some protection to the body, the gut creates a protective barrier called the “mucosal barrier,” to help keep out the bad stuff. This wall is built up of the cells of the gut, a mucous layer, and the gut bacteria.
When allergens cross this barrier and enter the bloodstream, it causes allergic reactions. What is amazing about the research is that taking probiotics has been shown to not only decrease allergic reactions in the gut, such as food allergies(2), but whole body allergic reactions also improve. Probiotics have been shown to reduce diseases such as eczema, hay fever and possibly even asthma(3).
Probiotics are truly a miracle remedy, and not just for allergies! Populating your gut with beneficial microflora improves your skin, helps you maintain a healthy weight, gives you energy and improves your overall well-being.
Containing 10 different strains of probiotics, yielding over 25 billion “live” bacteria per capsule, our Pro-Biotic Max formula supports the absorption of nutrients in the stomach and intestines, improves elimination of toxic compounds and boosts immune system response.
We blend these 10 strains with digestive potentiators like chamomile flowers, slippery elm and Jerusalem artichoke to nourish healthy microflora balance in the digestive tract and enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestines
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Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily with 8 oz water on an empty stomach. Best taken immediately upon rising and nothing else for 30 minutes, before retiring at night, or as directed by your healthcare professional.
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