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Gut Reaction…

It all starts with the gut…

If our digestion and gut are not functioning our body and mind do not function to there optimum . It is therefor important to work with our gut not against it. Unfortunately are modern Western diet does just that. There are two other factors that are also vital to our wellbeing that are often overlooked.


Firstly our gut flora or probiotics or colonic micro biome, all the same word for approximately 11 hundred trillion friendly bacteria which inhabit mainly our large colon. Interestingly from one knee down we are human cells the rest are our good bacteria colonies which inhabit largely our gut and shin. These bacteria have evolved with mankind since he left the primordial soup and as the New Scientist wrote. ” We are loosing our relationship with these bacteria at our peril”.


The second factor is our mucous lining

The long and winding road of the human body’s intestinal tract is lined with a thin mucosal membrane. In healthy individuals, this intestinal lining is semi-permeable, which allows nutrients from properly digested food to pass into the bloodstream. At the same time, the gut lining serves as a protective barrier, preventing harmful bacteria, toxins and undigested food particles from entering the bloodstream and wrecking havoc in the body.


If we therefore have a robust micro flora in the gut and a strong mucous lining we are in a healthy state to then address the foods we eat.


That is why on Thursday 29th of January I am giving free 15 minute consultation either by phone or in person at my Paignton clinic between 1400 -1700.

Booking is necessary. Contact me on 01803 401001 or email

Are You Allergic To The Cold?

Brrr it’s cold out there! But can you actually be allergic to the weather?

As most people know, allergy triggers change with the seasons. However, it is the weather patterns and temperature swings themselves causing allergens rather than seasonal pollens?

According to recent research, allergic reaction to cold temperatures. Also known as cold hives, the condition cause redness, itching and swelling after time spent to chilly air.

Cold urticaria typically occurs in young adults, who may outgrow it. Although it can affect “patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly. In some cases it can occur spontaneously, and in some cases it can go away in a few years.

There needs to be more awareness because it’s life-threatening. There are certain degrees of severity and not something to be taken lightly

Cold urticaria isn’t the only allergy weather triggers or makes worse. If you think the weather is affecting you, why not find out more at the Devon Allergy Clinic?

National Obesity Week

his week is Obesity Awareness Week and we all recognise that eating more healthily is one of the simplest changes most of us can make to improve out health and lose weight. But knowing what to change and how can seem a bit daunting.

Healthy eating is not just about eating the right foods – it is also about making sure that we have a healthy gut. Experiments show that eating a healthy diet encourages microbes associated with leanness to become incorporated into the gut. A diet high in saturated fat and low in fruits and vegetables thwarts the invasion of microbes associated with leanness. This is important as we look to develop next-generation probiotic cocktails composed of defined collections of naturally occurring human gut microbes as a treatment for obesity.”

Researchers speculate that people are more likely to gain weight when gut bacteria are more efficient at breaking down food, enabling the body to absorb more calories. They theorize that less-efficient bacteria allow food to pass more quickly through the intestines.

If you want to stay lean, you’ll want bacteria that are not very efficient. For example, if we each eat a bowl of cereal and your bacteria are better than mine at breaking it down, you’ll get 95 calories, while I’ll only get 70, and the rest will pass through. You’re the one who’s going to gain weight!

The food one eats contributes to the composition of the bacterial communities in the gut… high-fat, low-fiber diets have been associated with different bacteria in the gut than low-fat, high-fiber diets, which may play a role in who develops obesity. Yes it may be a vicious cycle but one we can interrupt.

Why not contact me for more a discussion about how having a healthy gut can help reduce obesity.

Most Common Causes Of Allergies?

What are the foods that most people are allergic to?

In the list is probably peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, crustaceans, shellfish, tree nuts, fish and soybeans – there may be more?

How do these reactions occur? They are not always immediate….

Reactions do vary. Some symptoms include rashes and itchiness, but some some a fatal reaction can present itself, which if not treated immediately, it can lead to death. It is best to identify the levels that these foods can immediately cause allergic reactions.

“A certain study has identified this. The research team led by professor Clare Mills have carefully studied the top foods that Americans are allergic to. They have limited them to five: hazelnut, peanut, celery, fish and shrimp. Since most of these are found in most of the foods that we eat, the Food Allergen and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 indicates that food labels should indicate the levels of the top allergy causing ingredients on the ingredient list.

The research team did not just stop at the identification of these foods, but they also identified the minimum amount wherein the body reacts to. The team studied 436 participants that have specific allergies to hazelnut, peanut, celery, fish and shrimp. Out of these participants, 10% have immediate allergic reactions to 1.6-10.1 mg of hazelnut, peanut, and celery while 27.3 mg of shrimp and fish.

With these information, the people are made aware to be vigilant in what they eat. Those with allergies should be able to maximize this data to incorporate in their daily lives.

Being aware to which foods a certain person is allergic to is best”

For more information and a consultation visit us here

Vitamin D For Infant Food Allergies

A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that “significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food allergens, especially to milk and wheat.” The study also found a relationship between a lack of vitamin D and dermatitis (eczema) in infants.

The study findings “suggest that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of sensitization to food allergens and that atopic dermatitis may be more severe in infants with vitamin D deficiency.”

Not sure if your baby is getting the proper amount of vitamin D? Talk to us today here

Women’s Hormones Put Them At Greater Risk Of Allergic Rections

Women are more likely to suffer deadly allergic reactions because of their hormones, a study has warned.

Oestrogen, the primary female sex hormone, worsened allergic reactions in lab tests, researchers found.

When people suffer anaphylaxis – an allergic reaction triggered by food, medication or insect stings and bites – immune cells release enzymes that cause tissues to swell and blood vessels to widen.

This causes skin to flush or develop a rash and in extreme cases, breathing difficulties, shock or heart attack.


The researchers say this new study may explain the differences between the sexes when it comes to allergies.

Previous studies have found women tend to experience anaphylaxis more frequently than men, but why this difference exists is unclear.

The study was conducted by scientists at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

They found oestradiol, a type of oestrogen, enhances the levels and activity of an enzyme that drives life-threatening allergic reactions.

The study, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found female mice experience more severe and longer lasting anaphylactic reactions than males.


This may be because oestrogen makes an enzyme that causes some of the symptoms of anaphylaxis to become more potent.

This enzyme is called endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS).

When the researchers blocked eNOS activity, the allergy differences between the genders disappeared.

They also found that giving treatments that blocked oestrogen could have an effect.

Female mice given these treatments saw their allergic reactions fall the lower level usually seen in men.

The researchers said the study had identified a clear link between oestrogen and eNOS and severe anaphylactic reactions.

But they added more work is needed to see if the effects are similar in humans.

They hope the findings can now be applied to developing allergy treatments.

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