The Truth About Gluten

bread“You’re not gluten intolerant, you’re glyphosate intolerant.” – getholistichealth.com

This is just one of the theories about why we are seeing an explosion of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. In case you aren’t familiar with the condition celiac, it is an autoimmune condition where the body erodes the lining inside your intestinal tract, making it highly difficult to digest food and absorb nutrients the body needs for proper function. The incidence of celiac disease is on a monumental rise, and so is the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity – a non-autoimmune condition where people feel worse when eating gluten-containing foods. Continue reading “The Truth About Gluten”

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?

autoimmuneI was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis over 15 years ago. This type of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid tissue, resulting in decreased production of thyroid hormone. It is estimated that Hashimoto’s is just one of possibly hundreds of autoimmune disorders, which include lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

When people with healthy immune systems get a cold, a cut or any virus, the body’s natural defenses/immune system kicks in to help restore balance. Continue reading “What is an Autoimmune Disorder and Could You Have One?”

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Dinner Tonight: Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers

chicken-fingers2Gluten is a protein in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Eating gluten gives many people symptoms including diarrhea, gas, cramps, bloating, fatigue, headaches and irritability. These symptoms are common to both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and they tend to worsen the more gluten we eat.

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity have been on the rise, with the prevalence of celiac disease doubling in the past 25 years. Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disease triggered by consuming gluten, Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers”

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FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms

FODMAPIf you experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, then you know the serious impact that it can have on your quality of life. One in five Americans suffer from IBS and many also experience anxiety or depression along with their painful digestive symptoms. But, did you know that a dietary approach can eliminate or significantly reduce IBS symptoms?

Following a low FODMAP diet has been clinically shown to provide an effective approach to managing IBS/functional gut disorders. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.

An Australian research team developed this dietary approach and it is considered the primary management strategy for IBS in Australia. FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates (short-chain carbohydrates), which are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, they stay in the small intestine where bacteria feed on them and produce byproducts and waste materials. Continue reading “FODMAP Diet – A Way to Eliminate or Reduce IBS Symptoms”

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Healthy Whole Grains? They Don’t Exist…

Healthy whole grains? You’re not going to like what I have to say but here goes…

They don’t exist.

I know, I know. It sounds crazy. Years ago when I was in school becoming a Registered Dietitian and working towards my Master’s in Nutrition, I was taught that healthy, whole grains have so much more nutritional value and are a far better option than refined grains. It was this understanding that led so many of us to switch from white rice to brown, white bread to whole wheat, pasta to whole grain pasta, etc. Stores became filled with whole grain varieties of our white flour, nutrient stripped versions and over time, we made them staples in our diets.  Continue reading “Healthy Whole Grains? They Don’t Exist…”

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