Is your child suffering from asthma, allergies, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, GERD or sleep problems on a constant or recurring basis? Yes? Then what I am about to reveal will totally blow your mind!
It all starts in the gut!
Millions of children suffer from a combination of:
- Rhinitis (runny noses)
- Tonsillitis (swollen, inflamed tonsils)
- Adenoiditis (swollen, inflamed adenoids)
- Laryngitis (inflamed throat)
- Sinusitis (sinus infection)
- Otitis Media (ear infections)
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Laryngitis (inflamed throat)
- GERD (reflux)
- and related sleep problems
…AND, it is all connected!
It’s now common knowledge we’ve got a microbiome in our guts…
... and keeping it diverse with lots of different kinds of bacteria is what prevents any one strain from becoming dominant and taking over and that mainstream doctors have made a terrible mistake handing out antibiotics like candy over the years.
Well, we have a microbiome in lungs, mouth, nose and ears too. And in this article you will find out how they are connected.
You hear me talk about this all the time…
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is home to a diverse ecosystem of microbes, known collectively as the microbiota (or gut flora).
Among its many roles, your gut microbiota regulates your immune system and protects against harmful pathogens.
Your lungs also have their own distinct microbiota.
The two-way communication hub between your gut and lungs, called the gut-lung axis, influences the immune status of both organs.
In short, a healthy gut equals healthy lungs as well as a healthy upper respiratory tract, throat, nose and ears included.
Food allergies, leaky gut, yeast overgrowth and disbiosis can trigger numerous unwanted conditions in lungs, throat, nose and ears (see full list at the beginning of the article).
And not only that, new cutting-edge research suggests that the underlying cause of sinusitis, tonsillitis and ear infections is also due to changes to the sinus, mouth/throat and ear microbiome!
But how are they connected?
The gut microbiota has been shown to affect pulmonary immunity through a vital cross-talk between gut microbiota and the lungs, which is referred to as gut–lung axis.
Emerging evidence has revealed that disbiosis of gut microbiota is associated with various local and distant chronic diseases. A balanced microbial community in the gut is of great importance in immune function and health.
This axis allows for the passage of endotoxins, microbial metabolites, cytokines, and hormones into the bloodstream connecting the gut niche with that one of the lungs, throat, mouth and nose and ear.
Notably, the gut–lung axis is bidirectional in other words a two way road. When the inflammation occurs in the lung, the lung-gut axis can induce changes in the blood and gut microbiota.
But that’s not all. There is another important connection between these anatomical structures that I would like to introduce to you today - the Unified Airway Model or short UAM.
Connecting your child’s lungs with their nose, mouth, ear and throat.
From the lungs it’s just a short hop to the throat, mouth, nose and ears, which is explained by the Unified Airway Model.
The Unified Airway Model involves an area of the body referred to as the aero-digestive tract.
The aero-digestive tract includes the middle ear, nose, sinuses, adenoids, tonsils, larynx, trachea, bronchioles, lungs, and esophagus.
The epithelial tissue of the aero-digestive tract is genetically the same and responds similarly to hormones and the environment.
The Unified Airway Model theorizes that if one area of the aero-digestive tract is affected by inflammation then other areas can also be affected.
According to the UAM, inflammatory diseases of the aero-digestive tract are linked together and often occur at the same time.
Regardless of where an infection starts, due to proximity it’s easy for inflammation to spread along the aero-digestive tract.
What can we do about all that?
You being aware of what is going on in your child’s body and why it is reacting in a certain way is the first and most important step because now you have options.
So basically there are 2 areas to focus on:
- Promote Gut-Health in your child
- Control upper inflammatory diseases to help control lower respiratory conditions
By taking these steps, you can help promote a healthy gut-lung axis. I assure you this will have a positive impact on their respiratory health, as well as their overall health and well-being.
As parents, we have the power to make a difference in our children's health. Don't wait any longer to help your child achieve optimal health. Take your first or next step TODAY!
You don't know where to start?
I understand that making changes to your child's diet can be overwhelming, and it's okay to feel unsure about where to start.
Working with a healthcare professional who specializes in functional nutrition can also be helpful during this process.
They can provide guidance and support, and help you address any underlying gut issues that may be contributing to your child's symptoms.
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