Why food allergies are on the rise
A study shows that the more antibiotics a child intakes during childhood, the more the probability is of them contracting food allergies.
This is because antibiotics ‘nuke’ the gut bacteria, most of which is healthy.
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An unbalanced gut flora, which happens when our diet is sub-optimal leads to numerous diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and chronic depression.
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