Probiotics alleviate seasonal allergies

Your eyes are watering… your nose is running… and you’re sneezing more than one of Snow White’s seven dwarfs. When you suffer from seasonal allergies, it certainly is no picnic.

But according to a new study, you don’t have to suffer through the season locked indoors – because there’s a natural way to ease your allergy symptoms without taking over-the-counter antihistamines that can make you drowsy (and come with a whole set of risks).

Researchers at the University of Florida have found that you can reduce seasonal allergy symptoms by adding probiotics to your diet.

As you probably already know, probiotics are “good” bacteria that are found in fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut and that play important roles in your digestion and immunity.

In the two-month study, conducted at the height of allergy season, 173 adult allergy sufferers were randomly divided into two groups: One took a daily probiotic supplement and the other took a placebo.

Each week, the participants completed an online survey where they reported how allergies were affecting their quality of life.

By the end of the study, the group who took the probiotic reported significant improvements in their quality of life, compared to the placebo group.

That’s because the probiotic group suffered FEWER allergy-related symptoms!

The friendly bacteria lessened the body’s immune response to allergens – though more research is needed to fully understand how.

I’m betting it has something to do with how those good bugs can reduce inflammation and normalise your body’s “fight or flight” response. (Not everything needs to be fought!)

So, don’t reach for a nasal spray or pill that could knock you out (or just make you feel even worse). Instead, try supplementing with some good “bugs”!

Previous research has shown that not all probiotics can alleviate allergies, so you want to choose a probiotic that contains the two strains that worked in the study: Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria.

You can find both of these in a supplement at your local health food store.

Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria can also be found in many foods such as live-culture yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables, and fermented soy products like miso.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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