Allergies, Intolerances & Gut Dysbiosis

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Introduction
Over the course of a lifetime, your digestive system processes many tons of food, representing the largest antigenic (stimulating an immune response) load confronting your immune system. Figures range from 30-60 tons of food consumed in a lifetime of the average well-nourished adult. If you think about our food chain today, and the level of contamination, that’s a hefty amount of potentially harmful substances consumed on a daily basis.

Digestion, immunity & allergies
During digestion, proteins are broken down into amino acids in the stomach and small intestine. This digestion is essential as it removes or decreases their antigenic potential. In a healthy intestinal tract, more than 98% of ingested food antigens are blocked from entering circulation by a host of gastrointestinal protective functions. In a compromised environment with poor digestion and increased intestinal permeability, significantly more antigens may enter into circulation. These protein fragments, recognised as foreign molecules by the body, stimulate an immune response.

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