People ask me all the time why we're seeing more and more allergies today than we did 20 or 30 years ago. There are a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest causes is the overuse of antibiotics. I've talked about this in past Nutrient Insiders.
In one of those articles, I told you about Kenny. He had developed an allergy to gluten, chicken, salmon, and meat fat. In order to reverse his food allergies, he avoided those foods for a year and started taking Advanced Probiotic Formula. After the year of abstinence, he slowly began reintroducing the foods. He didn't experience any allergic reactions.
So what made Kenny suffer from so many food allergies so suddenly? It was antibiotics. He had several sinus infections over the course of a year. His doctor prescribed antibiotics to treat the infections. Unfortunately, his sinus infections were fungal, so the antibiotics didn't clear them. When they kept returning, each new prescription depleted his gut bacteria even more.
Well, now a new study shows how increasing gut bacteria can reduce many allergies and asthma. This particular study was on infants, but as we saw in Kenny, it works for adults too. I like that this works for infants, as we can reverse this growing problem before the kids have problems.
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In this study, a team of researchers found that a particular pattern of gut microbes in babies was causing asthma and allergic reactions as they grew up. The researchers looked at the stools of 130 babies. Then they followed up with them at age two and again at age four. They found that the babies typically fell into one of four groups.
According to the report: "One of the groups, composed of 11 babies, were three times more likely to have allergic reactions at two years and asthma at four years old compared to the other groups." What was so different about this group: Their stools had low levels of the bacteria Faecalibacterium
. But that's not all. They also had high levels of fungi, such as Candida and Rhodotorula.
This tells me the babies probably had antibiotics at a very early age. The antibiotics will kill off the good bacteria and leave their digestive tracts ripe for fungal infection, which won't respond to antibiotics.
The researchers also found that changing the gut bacteria in babies could significantly reduce their risk of allergies and asthma. So if you have any allergies or asthma, make sure you're avoiding anything you're allergic to and avoid antibiotics if at all possible. Then begin taking a good probiotic, such as Advanced Probiotic Formula
. Don't expect overnight results. Give the probiotics time to recolonize your digestive tract.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND