(Health Secrets) What’s behind children’s allergies? The modern Western diet which is composed of high-sugar, low-fiber processed foods directly contributes to the onset of allergies and other health problems not seen in those who eat more primitive diets, says researchers from Florence University in Italy. According to their study results, such junk foods alter beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn disrupts normal digestive function and leads to disease.
Compared to children in a small village in Burkina Faso, Africa that eat primitive diets, those in industrialized countries who consume lots of modern junk food are more prone to develop children’s allergies, study authors found. In fact the intestinal tract bacterial compositions identified in junk food-eating children were found to be directly responsible for causing obesity, allergies, eczema, inflammation, autoimmune disorders and other illnesses.
Primitive diets composed mostly of grains, beans, nuts and healthy vegetables on the other hand — the kind eaten by the African children — help to properly balance gut bacteria. But diets rich in bad fats and processed sugars — the kind eaten by most industrialized children today — disrupt this healthy bacteria and replace it with harmful bacteria.
Interestingly, only industrialized children who were still being breastfed by their mothers had a bacterial composition that even somewhat resembled the composition of what the African children had. The rest had an entirely different bacterial makeup in their systems, a make up that produces children’s allergies.
Gut bacteria is now considered a vital organ that processes food, protects the body from disease and inflammation, and maintains health and immunity. Without it the body would simply be unable to maintain any semblance of health and vitality. When this bacteria is disrupted by regular consumption of bad foods, the floodgates are thrown wide open for disease to proliferate in the body.
This is why it is crucial to maintain a healthy bacterial balance, which includes supplementing with probiotic foods such as kefir, or with a probiotic supplement.
“The gastrointestinal microflora plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of [inflammatory bowel disease] IBD, and recent studies demonstrate obesity is associated with imbalance in the normal gut microbiota,” added the researchers in their study paper.
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