The vast majority of my patients don’t make the connection between diet and their health issue. In my practice not only do we see a strong connection but sometimes we find hidden food allergies that can be at the root of some of our patients pain and other issues.
While it is easy to dismiss a gluten allergy as a “new-age fad”, gluten sensitivity is very real and backed by significant science that demonstrates the detrimental effects in can have on one’s health and specifically gut health, long-term.
Gluten is a combination of two protein molecules found in wheat, barley, and rye which make up the bulk of most commercial breads, crackers, baking flour, and pastas. However most whole foods apart from wheat, barley, and rye, like nuts, seeds, meats, eggs, fruit, and vegetables are 100% gluten-free if they’ve had no processing.
To be classified as “certified gluten-free,” a food must contain less than 30 parts per million of gluten. However, those who suffer from the auto-immune illness, Celiac disease, have been known to develop reactions caused by foods with gluten levels as low as 3 parts per million.
More than 18 million Americans suffering from some form of gluten sensitivity, which can lead minor health issues such as a rash or even create more serious conditions such seizures, arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are many hidden sources of gluten, especially in packaged produces, so be sure to look for the “certified gluten free” seal.
In addition to gluten sensitivities that some individuals have, conventionally raised glutenous grains can cause havoc on your digestive system since most of these crops (and most non-organic crops in general) are sprayed with a dangerous herbicide called Roundup which contains a compound called glyphosate which is very harmful when ingested. High levels of glyphosate in your diet are linked to a number of disorders and illness including leaky gut and cancer.
The team at Holistic Health at Home takes gluten issues seriously since it can be a catalysts for many chronic illnesses and utilizes advanced testing that goes further than more standardized tests which almost always misses gluten sensitivity.
Combining this information with other advanced treatment methods, we can help you develop and maintain a gluten-conscious diet (without turning your life upside-down) that will allow your body to heal, regain its energy and thrive in the long term. Holistic Health at Home offers wide range of resources around maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle.