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Bread Could Give You A Heart Attack

Bread Could Give You A Heart Attack

Apr 07, 2014 by

For millions of susceptible people, bread can be a deadly food, doubling their chances of a heart attack. Are you among this unlucky group? According to research at the Cleveland Clinic if you suffer from celiac, an autoimmune sensitivity to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley, eating bread puts you at serious risk for heart disease. It is estimated that about 1 percent of Americans have celiac and most don’t know they have it. That adds up to almost 3 million people who are risking cardiovascular disease by eating bread. "People with celiac disease have some persistent low-grade inflammation in the gut that can spill immune mediators into the bloodstream, which can then...
For A Happy Tummy And Healthy Body: Eat The Right Food Pairs

For A Happy Tummy And Healthy Body: Eat The Right Food Pairs

Mar 25, 2014 by

Health problems ranging from full-body illness to simple discomfort related to the foods we consume are on the rise. Part of the difficulty may originate from eating foods together that shouldn’t be eaten at the same meal. Do you combine the wrong foods? There is much debate as to the cause of the U.S. epidemic of food sensitivities, and numerous specialized diets and major lifestyle changes have developed around what we should or shouldn’t eat. But an ancient concept about how to eat may hold the answer. If you’ve given up gluten, tried paleo or gone raw or even vegan in attempts to improve your health or soothe your digestive ills to no avail, you should give the practice of...
Grains Are Stomach Enemy No. 1

Grains Are Stomach Enemy No. 1

Mar 22, 2014 by

If you have chronic health problems that doctors can’t solve -- things like digestive issues, various mysterious aches and pains, or skin problems that never quite vanish -- giving up grains can sometimes offer a solution. For me, giving up wheat and other grains improved my health immensely while helping me lose weight. It was my first step toward adopting the paleo diet. Giving up grains represents one of the central features of the paleo regimen. The reason: The negative consequences of grains are just too serious to ignore for anyone looking to eat healthier. Now, if you’re like me, your immune system goes a little haywire soon after you’ve swallowed something made of...
Gluten Linked To Diabetes: The Missing Link Missing No More

Gluten Linked To Diabetes: The Missing Link Missing No More

Dec 12, 2013 by

The gluten free movement is gaining momentum fast. An outpouring of compelling published research continues to link modern wheat and other gluten-containing grains like rye and barley to chronic disease and degeneration. Many people who eliminate gluten are finding a new lease on life. In addition to digestive disorders, neurological conditions, autoimmune reactions, periodontitis, cancer and other illnesses, gluten is also believed to play a significant role in the development and progression of type 1 diabetes. Often called juvenile diabetes because it typically begins in childhood, this autoimmune condition attacks pancreatic cells and prevents them from producing insulin. That means...
If You’re Sensitive To Gluten, Oats May Be A Problem

If You’re Sensitive To Gluten, Oats May Be A Problem

Nov 29, 2013 by

Many people who avoid the gluten in wheat, barley and rye, eat oats and food made with oats as a substitute. Oats are filling foods and contain plenty of fiber. But research into the molecular structure of oats shows that some people who are sensitive to gluten may also react to oats. Most people with celiac disease, the autoimmune reaction to gluten, control their condition by sticking to a gluten-free diet. That limits their food choices. And now research shows that many of them should scratch oats off their menu. A study at the University of Oslo in Norway shows that oats are potentially a source of inflammation. Like other chronic inflammatory conditions, celiac disease derives...
Bloating, Fatigue, Indigestion, Headaches: You May Have A Leaky Gut

Bloating, Fatigue, Indigestion, Headaches: You May Have A Leaky Gut

Nov 15, 2013 by

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract fulfills a long list of impressive functions, but we don’t really appreciate how it keeps us healthy. In addition to digesting food, absorbing nutrients and removing what’s left over, the stomach and intestines perform an equally vital role: They protect us. These organs are designed to let in nutrition and keep out pathogens, undigested food and waste. But sometimes the system goes awry and no longer shields us, a condition called leaky gut syndrome. Gaps in the intestinal lining allow foreign food particles, toxins and bacteria to leak into the body. How these gaps develop is complex process related to chronic inflammation, diet and food...
Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too: Gluten-Free Holidays

Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too: Gluten-Free Holidays

Nov 12, 2013 by

With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re probably already planning your gatherings with family and friends. But if you or anyone in your circle is on a gluten-free diet, you also may be wondering what your food options are going to be for this time of year. Gluten sensitivity is a significant health issue with serious consequences for those who need to avoid gluten and don’t. The consequences of eating a food contain gluten are immediately apparent for many: Bloating, cramping and other digestive discomforts that appear shortly after consuming gluten. For others, symptoms may be minimal or non-existent at first; but inside the body, the immune system is reacting...
The Gluten-Cancer Connection

The Gluten-Cancer Connection

Oct 29, 2013 by

If you’re highly sensitive to gluten or have full-blown celiac disease, you don’t need any extra reasons to avoid what many are calling the “mutant grains.” You’ve already concluded that wheat and its relatives such as barley and rye aren’t invited to the next dinner party. But many people may still be gluten-sensitive and not know it. In fact, it’s quite common to have an undiagnosed food sensitivity that can cause vague symptoms such as occasional indigestion, headaches, skin outbreaks, brain fog and a whole host of other issues. As these symptoms progress, or simply come and go, many people blame aging, stressful schedules or other causes. However, a growing number of...
Gluten Problems Keep Growing

Gluten Problems Keep Growing

Sep 20, 2013 by

Despite the insistence by some people that going gluten-free is a temporary fad, research continues to show that more and more people are suffering gluten-related health problems. Anyone sensitive to gluten should be following a gluten-free diet. The latest evidence concerning the seriousness of gluten health issues includes a study of children in Scotland. The study shows that celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten, affects six times more children there today than it did in 1990. To reach this conclusion, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University examined the health records of children from South East Scotland under the age of 16 who were...
We’re Eating More Gluten Than Ever

We’re Eating More Gluten Than Ever

Aug 22, 2013 by

Studies show that celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to the gluten found in wheat, barley and rye, affects more than three million Americans. Researchers are not sure how to explain the recent increases in this disease. It has quadrupled in the last 50 years. But our penchant for consuming foods containing gluten may be at least partly to blame. An article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry points out that even though the gluten in various forms of wheat haven’t changed that much since the 1920s, the average American now eats about 15 pounds of gluten a year. That’s a 25 percent increase since the 1970s. Researcher Donald D. Kasarda points out that many foods...

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