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Gluten Free Living

If you’re diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you will then have to steer clear of gluten for life. Gluten is the protein in grain-related foods like rye, barley, and wheat. Gluten could bring about an autoimmune reaction which can incur damage in the villi found in the small intestines. If villi are destroyed, you will have a problem absorbing essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food that you eat.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Gluten Free Diet Mistake

There’s a gluten free diet mistake that everyone seems to make, and that would be when they stop eating gluten, they instantly start eating gluten-free grains. The reason why you don’t want to do that is you’re going to very easily and quickly some new food sensitivities to those gluten-free grains.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

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How Not To Deprive Yourself on a Gluten-Free Diet

Are you on the hunt for the best gluten free products? A lot of people are assuming that products and foods for celiac disease or gluten intolerance don’t taste very good. Also, many people think that gluten-free products are very limited, but that’s not necessarily true. However, you should always keep in mind that some gluten-free meals might get contaminated with the wrong preparation or handling.

If you want purely gluten-free meals, you can make your own from scratch using gluten-free products. You can swing by your favorite grocery store and go to the fresh foods section. This way, you can rest assured that your gluten-free purchase is indeed gluten-free. Also, you might want to steer clear of boxed or precooked meals. They almost always contain additives and preservatives so as they would stay tasty, but they tend to contain gluten.

Fruits and vegetables should fill your grocery basket or cart. Buy fruits such as apples, cherries, blueberries, quinces, blackberries, raspberries, acai, tangerine, grapes, watermelons, guavas, lemons, strawberries, limes, pineapples, mangoes, peaches and oranges, among others. Vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, mushrooms, peas, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, pumpkin, celery, potatoes, cucumber, pepper, corn, onions, and lettuce are not so bad either.

Contrary to popular belief, you can always enjoy gluten-free foods that are packed with flavors. Meat and poultry are among the list of the best gluten free stuff. It could be goat, chicken, goose, duck, pork, buffalo, lamb, beef, turkey, veal and quail. You could even have dairy like gluten-free butter, plain yogurt, milk and egg.

If you happen to be quite the baker, among the best gluten free products of flours and grains you may use for your cake include taro flour, amaranth, tapioca flours, sago, almond flour, cotton seed, buckwheat, quinoa, cassava, rice flour, bean flour, rice, corn flour, pea flour and millet.

Whoever said that gluten free diet is any less sumptuous didn’t know where to look. The best gluten free products are very accessible and widely available these days, so it’s that easy to transform meals that you crave into gluten-free recipes.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

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Gluten-Free Party

Woohoo party! Yay gluten-free party! Wait, what?

Most people would instantly cringe at the thought of going to a gluten-free party. Bland and boring foods are the things they can get off the top of their heads. Well, it doesn’t have to be like that!

A little creativity goes a long way! You can research or ask around for great party tips, and try modifying them and make them gluten-free! Here are some ideas.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

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What We All Need To Know About Gluten

Gluten is considered to be among the most common ingredients found in the western diet, but only a little number of people know a thing or two about it. A myriad of health conditions are also associated with the consumption of foods that have this as ingredient, and that is what gives that no one is off the hook when it comes to this topic.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

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Autism Linked To Gluten Consumption

The cause of autism is still yet to be known, as well as other related behavioral disorders.  However, something useful has been identified by a new study published in the open-access journal PLoS One.

Scientists from Columbia University in New York learned that wheat, and specifically wheat gluten, triggers a certain immune response in autistic children, and particularly people with gastrointestinal problems. This then creates myriads of symptoms commonly linked to autism.

After comparing the effects of gluten consumption in children with autism both with and without gastrointestinal problems to their unaffected siblings and age-matched healthy controls, the team learned that the autistic children had remarkable higher levels of the IgG antibody, which is known to target a gluten protein called gliadin. And in accordancewith the way this antibody functions, many think that high levels of it can also interrupt the  proper neurological function.

“It has been theorized that when the immune system forms antibodies against gliadin, these antibodies cross react with self-structures within the nervous system,” writes Sayer Ji for GreenMedInfo.com about the process. “Known as molecular mimicry, this breakdown of immunological self-tolerance can contribute to a wide range of neurological problems including neuropathy, ataxia, seizures, and neurobehavioral changes including mania, schizophrenia and autism.”

“Anti-gliadin antibodies are therefore a possible cause of autoimmune neurological damage,” he adds. Simply put, a lot of the symptoms shown by those who are diagnosed with autism can be cause by an antibody response brought about by being exposed to wheat gluten. Regardless of whether or not the blood markers of actual Celiac disease can be found, wheat gluten seems to greatly raise levels of this anti-gliadin antibody.

“A subset of children with autism displays increased immune reactivity to gluten, the mechanism of which appears to be distinct from that in Celiac disease,” wrote the authors in their conclusion. “The increased anti-gliadin antibody response and its association with GI symptoms points to a potential mechanism involving immunologic and/or intestinal permeability abnormalities in affected children.”

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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Mistaking Candida For Celiac Disease

Everyone has Candida in them. The human body is its natural habitat, and mostly they are harbored in the small intestine as well as the mucous membranes. It’s not originally harmful. However, problems arise when their number becomes overwhelming. The condition of system-wide Candida symptoms is called Candida dysbiosis.

The symptoms of candida dysbiosis include fatigue, headaches, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, and memory loss, among many others. Moreover, another condition to take into consideration is celiac disease, given that it has a lot of the same indications. Could your candida actually be celiac disease instead?

First, let’s take into consideration the causes. Celiac disease is defined as an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel which is brought about by an abnormal reaction to gluten, which is a protein that can be found in wheat, and other related grains. Candida could surface through taking hormones or antibiotics, or it could be caused by alcohol, stress, or a poor diet. The causes for Candida and celiac disease are totally different, just so you know.

Celiac disease and candida have the following symptoms in common: gas, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, weakness, headaches, general flu-like achiness, joint pains, chronic sinus problems, irritability, abdominal pain, and constipation.

More to these, the following symptoms are actually commonplace in candida but not in celiac disease: dizziness, cold sweats, sore throat, low-grade fever, chronic athlete’s foot, as well as heart pains.

If you think you have celiac disease, it is crucial to get proper diagnosis as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the condition is usually misdiagnosed. A lot of its symptoms suggest not only candida but irritable bowel syndrome and several other ailments, as well. In order to accurately diagnose celiac disease, a blood test will be called for. Other tests, like endoscopy, could also be required.

Always remember that you should not stop eating gluten products on your own before getting tested. Doing so could lessen the symptoms, but at the same time make it harder to detect the disease once you do get tested. Instead, go ahead with your usual diet until your doctor gives a confirmation that you indeed have celiac disease.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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