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Beat Spring Allergies with Bacteria

Beat Spring Allergies with Bacteria

It may sound odd that bacteria can actually reduce allergy symptoms.  But, certain bacteria can reduce inflammation in the body, improve nutrient absorption, and reduce nasal and sinus symptoms linked to allergies.  Of course, not just any bacteria will do.

Research by scientists at the Osaka University School of Medicine found that certain probiotics were effective in the treatment of nasal and sinus symptoms linked to allergies.  According to their study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, the specific strains that are effective include:  Lactobacilli casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium longum.

Supplement your diet with a high-quality probiotic taken on an empty stomach, preferably one containing a wide variety of bacterial strains. Don’t worry about remembering their lengthy names. Usually the word “Lactobacillus” will be shortened to “L.” and “Bifidobacterium” will be shortened to “B.” on product labels.

Usually bacteria are measured in colony forming units—(CFU) for short—and most types will have between 1 and 20 billion CFU. Or the package may just indicate, say, 4 billion per capsule. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that choosing a quality probiotic is just a numbers game. Unfortunately, there isn’t a good way to discern between good and poor quality probiotic supplements without trying them.

By taking a broad-spectrum probiotic supplement, you increase your likelihood of reducing allergy symptoms.  Probiotic supplements work over time.  Do not expect to see immediate results like you would with certain other supplements.  Take probiotic supplements on an empty stomach and away from antibiotics or oregano oil supplements. For most people, the ideal time is either before bed or first thing in the morning. If you take it in the morning, try to leave at least 20 to 30 minutes before eating.

Adapted with permission from Allergy-Proof by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  Subscribe to my free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly news, tips, recipes and more.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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6:02PM PDT on May 15, 2014

Interesting! I'd just like to beat a common cold right now!

7:50AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Here's to Bacteria

7:24AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:41PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012


9:32AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

informative! thanks!

1:00PM PDT on May 25, 2012

good info

6:46AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Thank-you for the post. While it's best to keep most medications & supplements out of the bathroom, probiotics are one where keeping them out of the bathroom is especially important.

6:24PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012


3:16AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


9:34PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Another good read.

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