Probiotics Could Reverse Food Allergies In Infants

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By Kirsten Cowart 

Recent studies have found that when a probiotic formula was given to infants who struggled with cow’s milk, the natural microbes of their guts begin to recover and reverse the allergy.

The ISME Journal published an article from the University of Chicago, University of Naples Federico II and Argonne National Laboratory about the homeostasis of the gut in infants. They found that several types of bacteria that produce short-chain fatty acids (butyrate) are much more common in infants with food tolerance issues.

Finding the exact problem strains of bacteria in the gut is key to being able to treat issues with food allergies such as those with cow’s milk. Now that they have pinpointed the problem, they can make sure infants are given the right probiotics to help their systems function properly.

Many households have moved away from the use of cow’s milk for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s the unethical treatment of cows, issues with hormones in milk or they just plain don’t like the taste. Whatever the reason, having knowledge about the balance of bacteria in the gut is useful as it will span to other food allergies as well.

Food Allergies Around The World

There has been a huge increase in food allergies among the developed countries of the world. In the past decade, food allergies have grown by 20%. The allergy specific to cow’s milk has become one of the most common. 3% of all children worldwide are believed to be allergic to cow’s milk.

The evidence emerging from around the world suggests that there are many modern influences that are affecting our sensitivity to food.

Environmental Factors

Scientists believe that there are many contributing factors as to why the number of food allergies is growing. They believe that widespread antibiotic use, high-fat and low-fiber diets, less exposure to infectious disease (weakened immune system), formula feeding and caesarean birth may be altering the healthy relationship between humans and bacteria.

We need bacteria to survive. Without them, you cannot properly digest your food, fight off diseases or absorb nutrients. When you mess up the natural balance in your body, you can become susceptible to allergies.

Probiotic Research Findings

Roberto Berni Canani and his team of researchers at the University of Naples found that infants who were supplemented with a probiotic in their formula were much less likely to have issues with intolerance to food allergies than those who were given regular formula.

“Mouse model work from our laboratory published last year identified a common class of mucus-associated gut bacteria that play a critical role in regulating the access of dietary allergens to the bloodstream,” said Lead author Cathryn Nagler, PhD, the Bunning Food Allergy Professor at the University of Chicago. “This suggests a novel mechanism by which commensal bacteria regulate allergic responses to food.

Breast Feeding

If an infant is breastfed, then he/she will receive natural immunities from the mother.  This is a great way to keep the infant strong and healthy. Since many modern cultures have moved away from breastfeeding, children have struggled to form healthy gut bacteria. If you can breastfeed a child, it is often strongly recommended.

What Exactly Are Probiotics?

probioticsProbiotics are healthy microorganisms such as bacteria that are beneficial to the body. There are many different strains of probiotic supplements for adults as well as foods you can buy that will help your gut stay healthy.

Eating yogurt and probiotic drinks can be a great way to help boost the healthy bacteria in your body. This will help reduce your chances of infection, especially yeast infections, while also helping your body digest healthy food and reduce issues with food allergies.  

Your gut bacteria is formed slowly over time; starting young and staying consistent can help create a healthy balance, however, there is no harm starting today and creating a healthy relationship with the bacteria that makes your life possible.

What do you do to keep your gut healthy? Let us know in the comments below.

Source – University of Chicago Medical Center. “Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 September 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150922104647.htm>.bbweb33

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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