-by Lee Hindrichs
‘All disease begins in the gut’ – Hippocrates, father of modern medicine
Depending on what your complaint is, relief might indeed be found if you can figure out the “gut component” of your problem.
Consider seasonal allergies. You might think it is pollen up the nose that is the culprit.
Not necessarily so.
80% of immunity occurs in the gut
Given that over 80% of our immunity stems from the connection between our immune system and our gut bacteria, it makes sense to look at allergies as a gut problem.
What’s up in the gut?
Seasonal allergies are a red flag that trouble could be brewing on two fronts.
First, those mucus membrane lining your nose, mouth and eyes are a protective barrier capable of fighting off all sorts of bad bacteria, viruses etc. Mucus membranes depend on very specific gut bacteria to ‘activat’e their immune fighting cells. Without those ‘activated’ cells, or with incorrect activation we’re very vulnerable to erratic immune responses. Immune responses can be triggered by innocent pollens or immune responses that aren’t effective against pathogens. When your allergies are going crazy it can be because your gut bacteria isn’t balanced. Poor probiotic balance equals poor immunity.
Secondly, if the gut is irritated it can result in leaky gut; the lining in the walls of the gut develop small spaces that allow particles of undigested food to flow from the gut into the body. Those particles are toxic to the body. Leaky gut puts our immune system on hyper-alert, resulting in over-zealous action.
Solutions beyond the medicine cabinet
- Increase your probiotic intake. Probiotics are found in fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt. There are also a number of probiotics available commercially.
- Take digestive enzymes. The working cells in a compromised, leaky gut are unable to handle the total breakdown of food into nutrients that the body can use. Digestive enzymes will help breakdown food in the gut. Digestive enzymes are available online and at the health food store.
- Delete grains from the diet. Grains — especially gluten — are known to be factors aggravating leaky gut. A nutritionist friend told me that once she cut gluten out of her diet her cat allergies disappeared.
- Drink a small glass of water with 3 drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They will help clear your allergy symptoms. Drink two to three times daily.
CPTG essential oils are tested therapeutic grade essential oil, far beyond the purity and potency of most drugstore varieties of essential oils.
Lee Hindrichs, RN,
Owner of Proactive Health Style