Allergies occur due to overreactions by the immune system. If an individual suffers an allergy, his or her immune system identifies dust, pollen, or otherwise harmless substances as threats. As a result, the body releases histamine to attack the substance and limit its damage.
Histamine is a chemical found in various body cells that causes a runny nose, sneezing, puffy, itchy eyes, or other allergic symptoms. When the body mistakes a harmless substance for a harmful one, it kicks off a chain reaction that leads some of the body’s cells to release histamine. If this happens, the histamine will cause allergic symptoms that impact a person in several areas of the body, such as:
Allergic symptoms also may affect an individual’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which takes in food, digests it, and absorbs energy and nutrients from it. A food allergy may cause a person to experience cramps, bloating, gas, and other GI problems.
Identifying the root cause of an allergy often can be difficult. However, some research indicates Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) may be a key player in allergies and other autoimmune conditions.
Leaky Gut and Food Allergies
LGS, also referred to as intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the intestinal lining has been damaged. As such, an individual who suffers LGS may be more susceptible than others to allergens and illness-causing pathogens that enter the body through “holes” in the GI lining.
According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, there is a strong link between LGS and food allergies. “Intestinal permeability typically increases following exposure to allergic foods”, Dr. Rogers states. “The release of histamine, serotonin, and other atopic mediators may lead to an increase in gut permeability”. Of course, lifestyle and dietary factors, particularly ingested substances like food, medications, and toxins, can also lead to intestinal permeability. Specifically, pain medications, oral antibiotics, antibiotics in foods, herbicide and pesticide-contaminated foods, GMOs, alcohol, caffeine and other environmental toxins, are all damaging to the GI lining.
Food allergies may seem minor, but when undigested food proteins cross through the permeable GI lining, the immune system attacks them as foreign invaders. Over time, the immune system may become unable to distinguish food proteins from healthy cells and it attacks them as if they were the same. This leads to autoimmune conditions in which the body attacks itself.
If LGS persists, an individual may begin to develop more and more food allergies. Common wisdom suggests that people avoid foods that they are allergic to, yet a severe case may involve only being able to eat a few foods. This is an unrealistic and unpleasant “solution”. If we look to the root cause of allergies – Leaky Gut Syndrome – there is a more palatable and natural solution.
Researchers have estimated that up to 90% of the global population suffers from some form of LGS. Yet most people are completely unaware of this issue. Perhaps even worse, few people understand how to address LGS and the allergic symptoms associated with it.
How to Prevent LGS and Food Allergies
For those who are dealing with LGS or food allergies, bovine colostrum supplementation is ideal. In fact, several studies have shown that colostrum from dairy cows contains antibodies that work against allergens that frequently affect humans.
Colostrum-LD® from Sovereign Laboratories is the only bovine colostrum supplement that is proven to heal and prevent LGS, making it a great product to use to help fight off food allergies and deal with other autoimmune conditions.
Colostrum-LD® is packed with growth factors that have been shown to help repair damaged cells in the GI lining. By doing so, these growth factors close the ”holes“ in the GI lining, thereby preventing further leakage into the bloodstream. Epithelial growth factor helps seal up the “holes”so that undigested food proteins (and other toxins) will not cross the barrier between the gastrointestinal tract and the bloodstream.
Also, Colostrum-LD® contains many immune factors, including immunoglobulins (antibodies) that attack harmful pathogens in the intestines and prevent them from causing damage.
Let’s not forget about the lactoferrin and proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) in Colostrum-LD®, either. These powerful bioactive components help stop bacterial colonization and antigen penetration in the GI tract. Plus, PRPs act as immune system modulators that help reduce the overactive immune response that can result in allergies.
Colostrum-LD® helps people balance and maintain immune function, limit overreactivity to environmental toxins and pathogens, fight off infection, and much more. It also provides a go-to natural remedy for allergy relief, one that has been shown to help people reduce or eliminate the effects of LGS.