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Posts Tagged ‘gluten’

Disease, Allergy, Intolerance – All Different

Posted by terrepruitt on November 10, 2011

Celiac disease is a chronic, hereditary, autoimmune digestive disorder characterized by a toxic reaction to gluten.  It is not a food allergy.  From Page 21 of the G Free Diet, by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and contaminated oats.

According to PubMedHealth:  “A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food. Symptoms usually begin immediately, within 2 hours after eating.”

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten.  (per PubMedHealth)

People that have celiac disease run the risk of being malnourished because their immune system could have damaged the villi in the intestines.  The villi absorb nutrients from our food.   This compromised digestive system can result in symptoms of stomach aches, bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, to name a few.

In addition to this disease and food allergies, there are food intolerances and different degrees of them.  An allergy will cause an immediate and severe reaction even if just a small amount is introduced to a person that is allergic.  The severity could be as much as life threatening.  An intolerance is more of a nuisance that will cause discomfort, but is–in general–less severe than an allergic reaction.

I have said it before, I love bread.  Have I said that before?  Anyway . . . sometimes my body is in such an icky state that I am to the point that I will give up bread if I have too.  But gluten is in so many things even if I give up bread I could end up in that state.  It is very tricky.  I am trying to figure out if it is just an intolerance.  It is so interesting.  It is so very difficult to distinguish.  It doesn’t help that I do have hay fever and the weather could be affecting me.

I have come to the conclusion that when we have a sunny day after a rainy day I am pretty much toast.  I am a sneezy-sniffling-congested-so-exhausted-I-might-as-well-stay-in-bed-because-I-am-so-miserable mess.  So it rains and I think, “Oh how nice the rain washing the world.”  Then the next sunny day even though I enjoy the beauty of the day I am wiped out.  Next time I will pay attention . . . thinking beforehand about what I eat and I will see if I don’t eat the foods that might cause “icky body” if that helps.

I do not think I have Celiac disease.  I don’t think I have a food allergy.  I do think that with all of the food combinations of GMOs and highly processed foods that I have developed some intolerances.  Some think (I agree with them) that wheat has been so hybridized that it is something our bodies cannot digest.  It is not the same wheat that out great-great-great-great grandparents ate.  Not even getting into GMO stuff, just the breeding of wheat makes it different from what it was.  That in combination with all the other stuff in our Western Diets.  I think the combination makes it difficult for the body to process.

There are many people who are “gluten-free” so there has to be something to it.  I just wanted to mention here the three different categories (if that is what they are called).  There is disease, allergies, and intolerance.  All different.  Sometimes with the same symptoms, but with different levels of severity and different levels of effects on one’s health.  Just interesting.  What do you think?

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Anti-Inflammation Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2011

You know that the body being in a constant state of inflammation is not good, right?  Research and studies are relating this state of being to many diseases.  You know there are foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.  Do you know that there are foods that cause an inflammatory response in the body?

It is thought that foods that cause an allergic reaction are related to inflammation.  Since inflammation is an immune response.  One of the food groups to be avoided when on a nutrition plan to reduce inflammation in the body is dairy.  Dairy is a big allergy culprit so milk, cheese, and yogurt would not be included in this type of diet.  Although I love dairy this seems like one of the easiest things to avoid.

Another allergy food is peanuts.  This food is definitely not on the list of “can eat” if following an anti-inflammatory eating plan.  This food seems like it might be a little bit more difficult to avoid.  I would imagine if it is just being avoided with the idea to reduce inflammation it would not be so imperative to avoid things that are made in plants with peanuts as one has to do if they are highly allergic.

This diet also excludes caffeine and alcohol.  Strict adherence would entail no fried foods, no processed foods, and no corn.  I think the really difficult allergen to avoid is gluten.  It seems to be in so many things.  Things I wouldn’t have even thought of.  Since so many people are participating in gluten-free diets I have since learned a few of the things, but still.  It is in so many things it seems difficult to avoid.  Just like the items on my list*.  It is difficult to avoid them.   I keep wondering what there is so eat on a diet like this.

This diet is thought to help so many health issues.  Again from what I have seen it is thought that a constant state of inflammation is bad for the body.  It is thought that this state is a state in which diseases can infiltrate the body and its systems.  So if there are health issues I can see following this if it help relieve some of the symptoms of a particular disease.  But this type of diet is also used as a detox and to see if any of these foods cause a reaction in the body.  The plan is to not eat these foods for about two weeks then introduce them back into the diet and to check the reactions of the body.

I want to try this detox/elimination diet to see if there are some food that I should definitely cut out of my diet.  I can live without all of this for two weeks, but the gluten.  It is in so many things.  Well, I am going to research it further.  I am sure I will be posting more about this in the future, but I wanted to see what you think.

I know some of you follow gluten-free diets?  So if you follow a gluten-free diet, why?  And what do you notice, what differences in your body?  And what do you eat instead of bread?  Are they any of you that follow an anti-inflammation diet?  Please share.

*Currently my list of ingredients to avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or Corn sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, and Canola Oil

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