Gluten is the common protein found in wheat, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, & rye. Gluten is a sticky, storage protein that when combined with water becomes sort of `gluey.` Inside of the digestive tract, this reaction can lead to gluten binding to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Gluten sensitivity is an epidemic that is a major contributing factor with many of today`s health problems.
Gluten allergy is an immune system reaction to gluten which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is used in many foods but may also be found in medicines, vitamins and lip balms. The malfunctioning of the immune system launches a series of antibodies to destroy the gluten and remove it from the body but the result is an allergic reaction which could cause anaphylaxis shock and if not treated could end in death. A gluten free diet consists of fresh meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, milk, legumes, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, popcorn, potatoes, cornmeal, millet, soy – Breads, cereals, crackers and pasta made from corn, rice, potato, soy, flax, hominy, arrowroot, tapioca, sago. Foods not to eat would be wheat, rye, barley, grain, pasta, cereal, farina and many processed foods, in other words gluten-free diet. (more…)
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More and more Americans are developing food sensitivities, food allergies, irritable bowels, spastic colon and other digestive problems. And this outbreak can be linked to an increase of foods in our diet with a high-lectin content.
Lectins are the sticky proteins that attach themselves to sugars found in healthy foods. They are commonly found in fruits, vegetables and seafood, plus grains, beans and seeds. One of the most common lectins is gluten—or wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)—the most popular type of wheat lectin in our diets.
Glutens can trigger serious health issues such as… (more…)
A woman begins noticing that – more and more – she experiences bloating, cramping, and diarrhea not long after finishing a meal. She frequently feels uncomfortable and considers skipping meals to avoid the embarrassment of running to the restroom throughout the day. She might be experiencing gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.
Gluten is a special type of protein that is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. And, as you’ve probably guessed, it is found in most types of cereals and in many types of bread.
Unfortunately for many, gluten seems to have an ill effect on health. In fact, many nutritionists and healthcare providers are recommending that patients with digestive troubles, diabetes and even mood disorders adopt a gluten-free diet, to improve not only their nutrition health, but their overall health, too.
If you’re sensitive, or even allergic to gluten, you may experience any of the following:
- Weight loss
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Muscle cramps
- Joint and/or bone pain
- Skin rash
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Fatigue (more…)