Thursday, 9 February 2012

What causes allergy?

By Tim Howden ND BHSc MNHAA
Allergies are conditions of hypersensitivity involving an overactive immune system.
The physiological and biochemical pathways that drive allergic responses involve a complex set of feedback systems, chemical messengers and inflammatory mediators.

The main point to understand is that All allergies have multiple causes. Here's a list of typical culprits.

  • Genetic
  • Epigenetic
  • Biological
  • Environmental Stressors
  • C-Section
  • Non-breast fed babies
  • Reduced gut flora
  • Hygiene hypothesis
  • Immaturity of gut lining
  • Poor gut function
  • Intestinal permeability
  • Immune system imbalance
  • Food intolerance
  • Nutrient malabsorption
  • Poor diet
  • Chronic inflammation

Over the next few weeks we will elaborate on these cause help you understand what drives the allergic response. From this you will develop take home strategies to improve your allergies and reduce their frequency and severity.

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