Allergies and the link to leaky gut

Allergies are excessive reactions of the body’s immune system to external substances known as allergens. These allergens can be varied, including foods, molds, dusts, pharmaceuticals and many others. When the immune system of a person with an allergy encounters an allergen, it reacts by producing antibodies called immunoglobulins type E (IgE). This starts a chain of reactions that eventually lead to allergic symptoms such as:

  • irritated digestive system: gas, bloating, diarrhea;
  • hormonal imbalance – including with obvious signs such as polycystic or severe premenstrual syndrome;
  • skin problems: acne, rashes, eczema, rosacea;
  • more severe manifestations of seasonal allergies;
  • chronic fatigue;
  • food sensitivity or food allergy.

Connection between allergies and leaky gut: Leaky gut, scientifically called “leaky gut syndrome” or “intestinal permeability”, refers to a condition in which the walls of the intestine become more permeable, allowing toxins, incompletely digested foods and allergens to pass into the circulatory system. This can cause excessive immune reactions, including allergic reactions and arthritic conditions. Some research suggests that having a leaky gut may increase the risk of developing allergies and other autoimmune conditions.

Probiotics – balancing the gut in allergies

Probiotics are “good” microorganisms that help maintain the balance of the microbial population in the gut. Specific types of probiotics such as Bifidus and Acidophilus are known for their positive effects on gut health. Bifidus supports colon health, while Acidophilus improves small intestinal function. These probiotics can help strengthen gut walls and reduce inflammation associated with leaky gut.

Essential fatty acids: Essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, play an important role in gut and immune health. They help strengthen cell membranes and reduce inflammatory processes in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, are associated with reducing allergic reactions and improving the immune system.

Antioxidants and detoxification

Antioxidants are substances that help the body defend itself against free radicals and oxidative stress, which can affect gut health and the immune system. Pycnogenol, extracted from the bark of some trees, and the seaweed Apha are known antioxidants. These substances can help reduce inflammation and improve gut health.

The relationship between allergies and leaky gut is complex and still being studied. However, having a healthy gut supported by probiotics, essential fatty acids and antioxidants may play a role in reducing the risk of allergic reactions and improving overall health. However, before starting a new diet or supplementation regimen, it is important to consult a medical professional.

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