As you know, I’m a big fan of probiotics—and I have been since long before they became fashionable. (I even wrote a book about them, called Boost Your Health with Bacteria.)
But since I wrote that book, there has been so much new information to support just how important the gut microbiome is to our health. Even conventional medicine has come around to the benefits of good bacteria!
Which is why I found this new study to be absolutely fascinating. And it won’t take long for you to see why…
Early allergy prevention
According to a recent study, breastfed newborns who receive probiotic supplements—and specifically, Lactobacillus reuteri—may be less allergy-prone later on in life.
Researchers followed more than 316 newborns, all with healthy weights and parents with confirmed allergies. All newborns were breastfed for four to six months, and the mothers were instructed to avoid probiotics.
Out of this group, 115 infants received L. reuteri supplements every day from four weeks to 12 weeks of age. The remainder served as a control group. And all the babies saw the same pediatrician until they were nine years old.
During this follow-up period, nearly 20 percent of the children went on to develop either allergic rhinitis (irritation and swelling in the nose) or rhinoconjunctivitis (eye and nose irritation). But as it turns out, the kids who received probiotics were three times less likely to end up in this group.
And, really… it’s no surprise.
When you add probiotics into the mix, you’re altering the microbiome in ways that play a critical role in immune system development and function. And ultimately, the gut holds the key to strong immunity at any age.
Your gut directs and modulates the immune response to all areas of your body—including your nose. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that both the frequency and duration of allergic rhinitis were dramatically lower among kids who received probiotics as babies.
Especially since another recent study revealed the same benefit among adults…
A staple for all seasons
This randomized trial looked at a combination of Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus plantarum. Researchers looked at multiple allergic markers—including IgE, interleukin-10, and scores of both rhinitis control and nasal symptoms—over the course of four weeks.
And lo and behold, subjects benefited from significant improvements in all areas with probiotic supplementation. But then again… I could have told you that.
After all, I also wrote a book called The Allergy and Asthma Cure. And would you like to know the basis for that cure? You guessed it—taking probiotics (and eliminating yeast, but that’s a conversation for another day).
So, have you taken your probiotic yet today? If not, what are you waiting for?
A high-quality probiotic will always be on my “desert island” list of supplements that I’d never want to be stranded without. (In fact, I’ll be sharing my complete, new-and-improved Desert Island supplement list for 2020 in the upcoming August issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. So if you haven’t already, consider becoming a subscriber today.)
I recommend finding one with multiple live strains of good bacteria. Because when it comes to probiotics, more isn’t necessarily better. The key is diversity of strains rather than quantity. A good probiotic should also have its own food supply (known as prebiotics) and postbiotics (such as bacteriocins) to help to kill off the bad bugs in your gut.
That’s why I always recommend Dr. Ohhira’s—which features a dozen different strains of friendly flora in just one capsule daily, along with prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics that you won’t find anywhere else.
“Probiotics Reduce Allergic Rhinitis in Children and Adults.” Medscape Medical News, 06/18/2020. (medscape.com/viewarticle/932591)