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Pollutants, pesticides and our microbiome: How they all affect allergies

  • Dr. Viv Rolfe
    Dr. Viv Rolfe

    Dr. Viv Rolfe is a gut physiologist and is Head of Research at Pukka Herbs, where she works with global research partners to investigate the effects of herbal teas and supplements on the human body. Her greatest joy is engaging with students to enthuse the next generation of herbal scientists, and she is studying for a Foundation in Herbal Medicine with Heartwood. She plays jazz saxophone and can be followed on Twitter.

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  • Immunity

Written by Dr. Viv Rolfe

The onslaught of synthetic chemicals has affected people’s immune systems, and microbiomes. Because of this allergies are on the rise, and this enlightening article explains how it  all works. 

An allergy is an over-zealous immune response by the body to an environmental trigger that is usually something common like food, pollen or pet hair. Whilst many of us experience mild symptoms like itchy eyes or sneezing, for others, allergy can be severe and in the case of anaphylactic shock even life-threatening.

Allergies are on the rise globally, but is it possible that other internal or external factors are heightening our responses? Are we over-burdening our immune systems through our lifestyles and environments?

This article explores these key questions, but first describes what allergies are and the evidence to show they are increasing.

Dr. Viv Rolfe

Dr. Viv Rolfe is a gut physiologist and is Head of Research at Pukka Herbs, where she works with global research partners to investigate the effects of herbal teas and supplements on the human body.... Read more

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