Archive for January, 2011

Got Gluten?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

What’s all the fuss about?

Gluten-Free foods are showing up more and more in stores and the wheat free fuss is definitely something to pay attention to.  Simply put, people are finding they feel much better when eliminating these grains and more and more people are discovering that they are sensitive to wheat and wheat-based products.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein molecule not only found in wheat, but also in rye and barley.  It is safe to argue that we are not designed to consume the amount of grains that we do today.  A big part of this intolerance is that these grains are highly processed and the foods we eat today contain almost twice as much gluten as they have in the past.

What are the symptoms?

As a health professional, I have seen a gluten free diet help many clients with a wide variety of symptoms.  A few symptoms of gluten intolerance are: skin disorders, gas, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, ADD and chronic fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a gluten intolerance. You should consider eliminating gluten from your diet.

What to do?

It’s vital to understand that your symptoms may be very common but no symptom is normal.  A completely gluten free elimination diet is the least expensive way to figure out how you feel gluten free.  There is testing available through my office to help you determine if a gluten allergie is at the root of your health complaints.  Working with a  gluten coach such as myself is beneficial to help identify hidden glutens and to begin a repairing process through anti-inflammatory foods.

Where is Gluten?  See below….