intestinal distress

What does the intestine have to do with allergies? Dr. Volker Schmiedel talks about this explosive topic and provides interesting answers.

(broadcast from 21.04.2019)

We know that about 80% of the white blood cells are permanently located in the intestine. This means that this is where it is decided whether our immune system reacts well and correctly against pathogens or whether we may also have overreactions. An important prerequisite for this is that we have a healthy intestinal flora. And for this it is important that the intestinal mucosa barrier functions well and that there is no so-called liquid, a so-called leaking intestine. We do not have to imagine that there are large holes in the intestine, but that the intestinal mucosa barrier simply no longer has integrity, but allows certain food allergens to pass through, which can then lead to allergies or even inflammations in the intestine itself.

The intestinal flora simply refers to the totality of all intestinal bacteria. That means healthy intestinal bacteria that support us, bifidobacteria, lactobacilli, Proteus, E. Coli, i.e. all the intestinal bacteria we have. We know that we have several hundred different types of them, and we also know that it is very important that this intestinal flora should be very diverse. That means we should have as many different intestinal bacteria as possible, as many different types of intestinal bacteria as possible. We also know from research that primitive peoples have a particularly large diversity. People who eat what is known as industrial food have far fewer different types of intestinal bacteria. We know that this can be related to a great many diseases.

Probably not all of them, but the intestinal flora and also the intestinal mucosa barrier always represent a major aspect. So if that is not okay, then we simply have a high probability of developing allergies. And if we have a good situation there, then the probability of getting allergies or other atopic diseases like asthma or neurodermatitis is simply much lower.

That we all tolerate food again. So we should not eat any food that is known to cause allergies or to which we react with flatulence or other intestinal complaints. All foods that contain vitamin D have an anti-inflammatory effect and are helpful. Sea fish, for example, not too much because of the environmental pollution today, but once or twice a week we are allowed to eat it. Or vegetable oils rich in omega-3, such as linseed oil, are also very helpful.

In this book I have brought together all my knowledge. What I think is important for the layman to know You can take capsules, you can take fish oil. With the capsules, however, it is important that they are of good quality. You can recognize the quality by the taste alone. I always advise my patients to take a bite of it. If it tastes very fishy or rancid, then it is spoiled, then you should not take these capsules. With fish oil you can recognize it automatically. If someone does not want to have the fish for ethical or other reasons, an alternative today would be algae oil. But all this is described in the book, including the doses needed to treat allergies.

Omega3 also ensures that we have a greater variety of intestinal bacteria. Only last year there was an English study that confirmed this. And Omega3 has a general anti-inflammatory effect. In all chronic inflammation in the body, omega3 is important in reducing inflammation.

A stabilizing effect. This means that the immune system is not weakened, as is the case with many so-called immunosuppressants used to treat inflammation, but is modulated. A strong immune system, one that is too strong, is modulated down a bit and a weak immune system tends to be highly regulated.