Allergies - Gut, Immune and Skin

23 Apr 2018 2:35 PMLicensee Person
Allergies - Gut, Immune and Skin

Allergies – Gut, Immune and Skin

Did you know that allergies are one of the fastest growing diseases in Australia? Symptoms can range from allergic rhinitis, hayfever, digestive disorders and eczema and asthma.

· Allergy - When a person’s immune systems reacts to proteins in the environment, which are otherwise harmless to others; an allergic reaction occurs.

· Intolerance - is a chemical reaction to a substance commonly food.

· Sensitivity - Is a commonly seen as a delayed milder reaction.

An allergic reaction involves a complex interplay between antigens, immune cells and effector cell activation – leading to an inflammatory response with localised and systemic symptoms. This may act as a driver and exacerbate other chronic conditions, not just allergic symptoms.

Natural Therapies approach is for long term gain; although effective symptom relief is important to relieve physiological and emotional symptoms. It is also imperative that underlying factors that make the allergic response worse be addressed.

The reason we all act so differently towards allergens is our individual immunological response to a common harmless substance. When your body can’t tell between friend or foe is a result of immune intolerance. Improvement with both short and long-term health can be achieved through addressing the factors that influence tolerance, combined with elimination and gradual re-introduction through diet and nutritional and herbal support.

What is tolerance and how to build it.

The classic allergic reaction begins when the allergen complex binds to the mast cell, which in turn releases histamine and other inflammatory mediators. Exposure to food antigens can trigger rapid gut inflammation and leaky gut. The concept of tolerance applies to both environmental and food-based reactions.

· Exposure – avoid allergens via elimination and gradual re-introduction of individual dietary approaches.

· Microbiome – Restore healthy microbiome diversity function.

· Gut – promote healthy digestion and repair gastrointestinal barrier integrity

· Immune- support normal immune system function and detoxification

· Symptom – anti-histamine, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support for symptomatic relief.

Gut Health is the Key

Reasoning behind why the GIT plays an important role in the development of allergies, is because 70% of the immune system within. Insufficient secretor IgA at the intestinal barrier appears to affects your threshold for food allergy. Improper digestive function due to poor enzyme secretion may be linked to food sensitivities and lack of tolerance due to good components not being correctly assimilated. Have a think about how gastric acid suppressive medications would affect food allergy ? Supporting healthy digestive function is important whilst addressing allergies and sensitivities.

In my next blog I will discuss what do now and how I can help you?