Health Tips | Giving Up Gluten
Giving up Gluten
With Spring just around the corner, 'detox' diets, cleansing and food sensitivities are a hot topic.
Gluten is commonly discussed and there is a lot of confusion around what gluten is, what foods contain gluten and what types of health concerns that it may be linked to.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein and is the component of a grain that gives bread and other baked goods their chewy, soft texture.
What foods contain Gluten?
wheat - wheat germ - rye - barley - bulgur - couscous - kamut - spelt - matzo - seitan - semolina - malt - bran - triticale - udon - graham flour
Occasionally oats are also added to this list due to cross contamination when grains are harvested and processed.
Many people feel that if they commit to a gluten free diet for a period of a few weeks they are often motivated to continue because they feel so much better.
What symptoms can be associated with an intolerance to Gluten?
Symptoms such as bloating, gas, blood sugar swings, eczema, acne, chronic nasal and sinus congestion, migraine headaches, inflammatory and irritable bowel and obesity are a few that can be linked to a gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
How can I find out if I have a sensitivity to Gluten?
Most commonly, a blood test for food allergies is done, testing for IgE and IgG antibodies. This testing let's you know your specific level of reactivity and according to your results, you may be recommended to avoid certain foods for a time to give your health a boost!
The other option is to do an allergy elimination diet with no gluten for a period of 4 weeks, followed by a challenge phase to see how your body reacts to this re-introduction of gluten.
Are there other factors that can pre-dispose a person to not tolerate gluten?
Yes, celiac disease is a genetically linked auto-immune disorder of the small intestine that is triggered by eating gluten. If you have Celiac disease and you consume gluten, an inflammatory reaction is produced in your digestive tract and can lead to many long term consequences such as nutrient deficiencies, poor immunity and chronic illness.
If you would like to investigate possible food intolerances or find out more about it, contact us and together, we can work out a health plan to help you meet your goals!
We can work with you for the testing and treatment plans that may include:
- Individualized cleansing and detoxification protocols
- Specialized dietary plans
- Recipe and snack ideas personalized to your health needs and constitutional type
- IV and injectable nutritional support for healing the digestion and improving energy
- Herbal medicine to lower inflammation and nourish the digestive tract
- Essential fatty acid support
- Promotion of healthy flora in the digestive tract
Gluten free Lunch and Dinner Inspiration
- Fresh dark green salad with sliced veggies, almonds or pecans and goat cheese
- Casserole made with lentils, spices, mixed vegetables and basmati rice
- Lean organic meat or vegetable tacos or quesadillas made with corn tortillas
- Baked potato in the skin topped with green onion, salsa or organic butter and a dash of black pepper
- Stir fried vegetables with spices and tamari on a bed of rice noodles
- Vegetarian chilli full of yams, legumes and fresh veggies
- Skewers of veggies, lean meat or fish with a garlic and sesame marinade
- Homemade soups and stews - the sky is the limit!
- Stuffed peppers filled with a mix of rice, veggies and spices
Gluten Free Snacking
- Rice crackers with cashew or almond butter
- Cut up veggies with hummus
- Fresh fruit dipped in almond butter
- Plain natural yogurt with fresh fruit or local berries in season
- Natural popcorn with real organic butter and sea salt or a sprinkling of nutritional yeast
- Raw nuts and seeds with dried fruit (trail mix)