HEALTH 16th May 2018

Allergy Season:
Get to the Root of it

  • Allergy season is here, which means Kleenex, sore eyes and Claritin

  • Over 50 million American adults are affected by seasonal allergies, but medications only work to suppress symptoms, failing to address the underlying cause: an out-of-whack immune system

  • To restore your body’s immune response and overcome the chronic effects of allergies, probiotics and yeast compounds may have the solution

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An allergic reaction occurs when your body’s immune system perceives certain triggers like pollen as a threat. To defend itself, your body launches an army of immune cells to flush pollen out.

In doing so, you end up with watery eyes and a runny nose, reaching for antihistamines for relief. Except these medications only provide temporary relief. They don’t fix the underlying cause: your immune system.

Getting to the root

To do that, a specific group of cells known as Th2 cells must be fixed. These cells organize your body’s immune response to external allergens. When there is an overreaction of Th2 cells to something like pollen, this puts you on high alert, followed by the cascade of symptoms described above.

Bakers Yeast and Probiotics

Scientists in Japan and the U.S. have now discovered the yeast compound: Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, also known as bakers yeast, and a form of a probiotic strain: Lactobacillus Acidophilus L-92, can restore Th2 levels.

In a pilot study designed to look at the effects of bakers yeast, two groups of healthy participants were treated to either 500m/g of fermented yeast or a placebo. After five weeks, half of the yeast compound group reported a complete absence of symptoms whilst the placebo group saw no change in their symptoms.

In an animal study looking at the effects of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, researchers found one particular strain (Lactobacillus Acidophilus HT L-92) stood out. Like bakers yeast, HT L-92 reduced allergy symptoms and further, demonstrated reductions in substances linked to Th2. Given that 70% of your immune system resides in the gut, the impact of probiotics makes complete sense.

Rebalancing the immune system

Addressing allergies has traditionally been a band-aid approach (not to mention a billion dollar industry). But advancements like the ones outlined in this article are a much-needed addition if we are to retrain our immune system and prevent symptoms before they even arise.

As always, pushing for health.



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