Editorial: Probiotics, Allergies, Bad Skin, Colitis and Stress By Doctor Polucki
While countless over the counter and prescription remedies for allergies, bad skin, colitis and the endless list of diseases caused by stress continue to flood the market, recent research supports the functional approach of replenishing probiotics to restore digestive tract health and address the contributing causes of these conditions instead of endlessly treating the symptoms.
It is easy to connect probiotics, the friendly bacteria that live throughout your digestive tract, with colitis and other forms of digestive problems but…
How can bacteria living in your bowels change your immune response in allergies, the condition of your skin or how you handle stress?
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You may have recently learned from commercials that 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract. What?
It is true.
1) It’s bigger on the inside
Think of your digestive tract as a hose. Just like if you hold a hose with water running through it, your hand doesn’t get wet, the food passing through your digestive tract is kept from directly entering your body by the surface of the digestive tract. The surface of the digestive tract keeps harmful material out and only lets some nutrients through to be further processed in the liver.
If the surface of the digestive tract were laid out flat, it would completely cover a football field.
2) Chemical wafare
There is a protective chemical that your immune system produces called an immunoglobulin. Immunoglobulin chemically disables damaging viruses, bacteria and fungus, because of the large surface area, keeping bad things from entering your body requires 70% of the immunoglobulin in your body to never leave the digestive tract.
3) The numbers don’t add up
If there were a way to weigh genetic material in your body 90% of the genetic material in your body would not be yours, it’s not even human, it belongs to the bacteria that live in your digestive tract. The “friendly” bacteria contribute to:
-digestion, some bacteria actually produce critically important nutrition for us,
-immune support, our friend’s enemies are our enemies and they fight infections for us,
-hormonal balance, much of the chemical balance that determines detoxification, mood, energy, inflammation and repair occur within the digestive tract.
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Unfortunately modern diets and environmental toxins, take a serious toll on our friendly bacteria, creating an opportunity for bad viruses, bacteria, fungus and other parasites to do their damage to us. Even without obvious digestive symptoms, painless inflammation in the digestive tract opens the doors to more serious health problems throughout the entire body including allergies, skin problems, auto-immune disease, heart disease and cancer.
Many commercially available probiotic formulations provide partial protection at best. Request your free confidential report on how to pick the right probiotic by taking our digestive issues survey at doctropolucki.com.
Dr. Thomas Polucki is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor.
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