Research has proven over the recent years that gut bacteria indeed plays a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It has also been brought to light that similar to that of a human fingerprint, these microbial colonies are also unique. A great many factors contribute to the existence of certain types of microbes in the gut. Some of these factors include:
- Health records
- Geographic Location
It may very well be deemed as the most complex ecosystem on earth. It is mind-numbing to count their existence in numbers, but just to get an idea we can equate it as 10 is to 1 in ratio; whereby 10 gut bacteria against each human cell. Meanwhile, virus out numbers bacteria by the ratio 10:1.
Our bodies are home to trillion of organisms
Overall, encompassing it as a home to a staggering amount of bacteria and viruses. It is important to understand that not all bacteria are harmful. These bacteria are engaged in performing some of the key biological functions inside the body. Around 80 percent of this bacteria resides in the gut compared to any other part of the body. It is vital to our health to maintain a healthy balance of these gut microbes as they are responsible for fighting off pathogens and sustaining health.
Gut Bacteria influences many biological systems that include: Immune Responses, Nervous system functioning and Food Allergies.
What are Food Allergies?
Food Allergies can be regarded as the abnormal response from the immune system caused by two features of the human immune response, namely Immunoglobulin and the Mast cell. In recent years, there has been a rise in allergies across the western world with about 15 million Americans; including 1 in every 13 children showing an allergic reaction to at least one food item.
One study showed, 10 percent of children raised in large cities developed food allergies and 29 percent developed food sensitivities before hitting age 5. Most common items associated were peanuts (6 percent), Eggs ( 4.3 percent ) and pasteurized Milk (2.7 percent ).
City dwellers stand a high risk of Asthma and other environment allergies, especially after relocating to a new city with higher pollution density or other climatic changes associated. In some cases, early exposure to some allergens is found to serve as protection from allergies in the future.
Some of the most common foods responsible for causing an allergic reaction in the body are:
- Tree Nuts
In a majority of instances, but not always, allergies are caused by consumption of edibles. Some allergic reaction is even initiated through contact or exposure to certain items. Hence, it is essential to keep a close eye on children during the first few years to identify sources that may be responsible for causing allergies; considering some allergic reactions are also known to have fatal consequences.
Be careful with antibiotics
Studies have shown an interesting correlation between the rise in allergies with the use of antibiotics and antibacterial soaps. According to research, early exposure to antibiotics not only predisposes them to obesity in the later age but also increases their risk of later developing eczema by 40 percent.
Antibiotics are known to kill the good bacteria in the gut hence altering the balance of the proportion of microbes in the gut. This unbalanced condition of gut bacteria paves way for pathogenic bacteria and viruses to create havoc in the body and alter the immune system to respond in an abnormal manner; resulting in various food allergies.
As reported by HealthCanal.com
“Although the causes of food allergy… are unknown, studies have hinted that modern hygienic or dietary practices may play a role by disturbing the body’s natural bacterial composition…
‘Environmental stimuli such as antibiotic overuse, high fat diets, caesarean birth, removal of common pathogens and even formula feeding have affected the microbiota with which we’ve co-evolved,’ said study senior author Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D., Bunning Food Allergy Professor at the University of Chicago.
‘Our results suggest this could contribute to the increasing susceptibility to food allergies.'”
A common class of gut bacteria called Clostridia found in the gut cavity is known to render protection against food allergies. This class of bacteria is responsible for inducing an immune response that curtails food allergen from entering into the blood stream and also prevents sensitization. Hence it is imperative to maintain a healthy balance of gut microbiota in order to increase chances of protection against food allergies.
Stay tuned for more updates on this research.