What Are The Best Probiotics For Allergy Symptoms?

Millions of allergy sufferers have resigned themselves to discomfort every allergy season.

Since they are reacting to their environment, they feel that there is nothing more to do but take antihistamines.

But your body's response to allergies is not fixed - it is determined by how healthy you are, and how diverse and strong your microbiome is.

It is possible to significantly reduce, and even eliminate, allergy symptoms by treating underlying conditions (like an untreated infection), by strengthening your gut health and restoring your microbiome with the right probiotics.

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Gut Health, Histamine & Probiotics

Having robust gut health isn't just about taking the right probiotic.

There is a reason that allergy symptoms and digestive symptoms are often intertwined, and thats histamine.

When histamine and poor gut health combine they can not only cause increased allergy symptoms but digestive problems like bloating, cramping, trouble digesting food, and acid reflux.

Excess histamine can even play a role in autoimmune diseases like Crohn's disease and arthritis.

Addressing the root cause will be key in not only reducing (or eliminating) your seasonal allergies, but will help you feel better overall.

Histamine Can Cause Digestive Symptoms

When allergy season hits every year, many of us have typical allergy symptoms.

These symptoms can range from headaches and sneezing to less recognized symptoms like digestive problems and dizziness.

Allergy Symptoms

  • headaches

  • sneezing

  • itchy and watery eyes

  • sinus congestion

  • nasal drip

  • fatigue

  • tinnitus

  • dizziness

  • stomach upset

  • nausea

  • constipation

  • diarrhea

  • bloating

  • acid reflux

  • stomach cramps

All of these symptoms can be caused by excess histamine in the body.

How Allergies Cause Histamine

Histamine is released when a perceived threat or foreign substance is detected entering the body.

a diagram of a mast cell releasing histamine

These foreign substances can be things like dust, pollen, and foods we eat every day.

When a foreign substance is detected, mast cells release histamine to tell your body to respond to the threat.

In response to histamine release, surrounding blood vessels dilate, increasing white blood cells and blood plasma proteins in that area.

Immune system proteins (antibodies) bind with the invading foreign substance (antigens).

When allergies cause severe symptoms, it can be a consequence of your immune system overreacting to the perceived foreign invader.

This overreaction could be due to many factors but in the case of seasonal allergies, it is usually because the body can't keep up with the number of perceived threats flooding your system.

Chronic Illness And Histamine

Not only can symptoms like bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea be caused by histamine - but even chronic illnesses can have a strong histamine component to them.