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Most allergies begin – and can be treated – in the gut

 By Jana Nalbandian, ND

Treating the digestive tract helps with decreasing symptoms of most allergies or at least alleviates the severity of symptoms.  Gut health is the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine.  By improving your overall gut health including building up a healthy mucus membrane layer in the digestive tract along with good quality normal flora (probiotics), you can reduce your immune response to allergens. 

At the same time identifying underlying food sensitivities is critical both in alleviating symptoms and improving overall gut health.  You can do this with an elimination diet or have your naturopathic doctor order food panels including the IgG and IgA antibodies that develop against foods.   Working with your provider you can identify, remove, re-introduce foods along with recommendation of a good probiotic and supplements that improve gut lining and function.


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