Achoo! It’s almost that time of the year again- allergy season. For those who don’t actually understand how stressing (not to mention embarrassing) this is, well, think about this: imagine having a date in the park; everything’s going well, he’s a nice guy and he’s hot, then suddenly you feel this itchiness in your nose and you already know what’s gonna happen next. You can feel the air that’s about explode from the insides of your nose and you know deep inside how this is gonna mess with your face and your make up. You can also sense how your nose will be like a faucet that has been turned on anytime soon and after that, there’ll be no turning back. Achoo! Disaster!
I know, I know, that is a very childish and nonsense example but I guess you get the point. Allergies can actually even reduce sleep and productivity at work or school. There may be current allergy medications but they have unwanted potential side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness.
However, a study says that shouldn’t always be the case. There may be an alternative- probiotics. We have long known that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can help maintain digestive health and parts of the immune system. But researchers recently said that probiotics might also work by increasing the human body’s percentage of regulatory T-cells, increasing one’s tolerance to hay fever symptoms too.
So, they’ve utilized 173 healthy adults who suffer from seasonal allergies to test this. Participants were randomly split into two groups: first took the combination probiotic and the other took a placebo. Each week during the eight-week experiment, participants we asked to respond to an online survey to convey their discomfort level. This experiment was conducted at the height of spring allergy season.
Researchers also analyzed DNA from participants’ stool samples to determine how their bacteria changed. This also confirmed who was taking the probiotic, said Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, a professor of food science and human nutrition and a senior author of the study.
Results showed that, generally, participants who took the probiotic reported improvements in quality of life compared to those taking the placebo. While this study did not include severe allergy sufferers, the combination of probiotics is proven to have clinical benefit for those with more mild seasonal allergies.
Better safe than sorry. So, perhaps we should try this one. Not only will it give you a better tummy but a better date as well!