Will doubling my fibre intake reduce my allergy symptoms?

The internet is useless. I tried to find some information on vinegar and all I got was hordes of links to apple cider.

Over the last 18 months I’ve been looking out for information about the digestive system – the world of the gastro. I even tried emailing ABC’s Catalyst program with a request. I hoped to be another name on a possible petition that would eventually prompt them to do a story on the latest research. There must have been lots of names because we got more than just a 10-minute story. We got two half-hour episodes, Gut Reaction Parts 1 and 2.

The central theme of the two episodes was the relationship between fibre and the micro biome (ie gut bacteria). The surprise take-home message was the amount of fibre … 50g per day was mentioned. That’s double the currently recommended dietary intake of 25-30g.

I’d like to give it a try. My aim would be to find out if 50g of fibre a day will decrease my allergy symptoms. It would be a bonus if the extra fibre had a positive impact on my EOE and hayfever.

That will sound bizarre to many, but I’ve already worked out that improved gut health has a positive impact on my emotional resilience. I’ve already experienced the bizarre. The only rule I have for these experiments is that I should do myself no harm. According to Better Health Victoria, I can increase fibre intake without increasing kilo joule/calorie intake, but I should do it slowly.

Spring is not far away, so I’d better get started.  However, I suspect it will be difficult to maintain such an increase.

Unfortunately, even if it works, I’ll only be able to say “It could be the case” and only then if it’s a bad season and I’m obviously not suffering like everyone else.  Unfortunately, the down side of that scenario, eveyone else would have suffered through a bad season.  Sorry.


Oh, and the vinegar … some of the researchers mentioned on Catalyst claimed it fixed asthma in mice. One researcher attributed his decline in puffer usage to it. But it could be a blood thinner and not everyone can cope with foods that thin the blood. Use with care.


Related Posts

♦  EOE

♦  Exercise and Depression

♦  Exercise, Cortisol and Caffeine

References and Links

♦  Transcripts for the Catalyst episodes:  Gut Reaction Part 1  http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4067184.htm; Gut Reaction Part 2  http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4070977.htm

♦  Information on serving sizes and number of serves per day:  http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/the_guidelines/n55g_adult_brochure.pdf

♦  Better Health Victoria Fibre Factsheet:   http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Fibre_in_food

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