Gluten-free Living - Part 1: The Science Behind Gluten and Who Should Be Gluten-free
QUESTIONS: Is Gluten-free just a fad? ANSWER: No. In fact the earliest documented cases of Celiac disease come from Ancient Egypt. Gluten-free products make money and we're in a market driven time; hence, the recent rise in publicity. Furthermore, due to hybridization of wheat crops, there is over 50% more gluten found in today’s grain than 100 years ago.
SO WHO IS AFFECTED? Gluten sensitivity affects more than 40% of the population and may be the underlying cause to countless ailments from joint inflammation to ADHD. In fact, there are 55 diseases attributed to gluten-intolerance! 90% of people with an inflammatory disease like Arthritis and autoimmune diseases like Asthma and Lupus are gluten-intolerant.
In 2006, the American Journal of Gastroenterology said, “The average length of time it takes for a symptomatic person to be diagnosed with celiac disease in the US is four years; this type of delay dramatically increases an individual’s risk of developing autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, infertility, osteoporosis and even cancer.”
Gluten intolerance does not only cause digestive ailments. In fact, for every one person with digestive related symptoms, there are at least 7 others without a single digestive upset but they are still gluten-intolerant with different, seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Studies suggest that at least 90% of autoimmune diseases have an original cause of gluten intolerance whose symptoms manifest in the form of your genetic weakest link. If there is any family history of autoimmunity, Alzheimer's or if you suffer inflammation, autoimmunity like asthma, alopecia, Graves' disease, thyroid disease, or even general feelings of fatigue, foggy brain, lethargy, heart palpitations, digestive upsets, infertility and even blood sugar imbalances, you should consider this class.
DO YOU EXPERIENCE: -Chronic Pain? -Arthritis? -Depression? -Inflammation? -Colds? - Unexplained Nausea? -Autoimmune Disease? -Thyroid Disease? -Abdominal Cramping? -Diarrhea to Constipation?
PERHAPS YOU SHOULD ATTEND THIS CLASS.
Stephanie has published articles on gluten intolerance in Healthy Living magazine and Atascadero News; she considers the subject her personal favorite and certainly the most important step closer to wellness for a growing number of the population (at least 40%).
During Part 1, we discuss the Science behind gluten, what it does to the body and why you cannot have it from time to time. 1/90th of a piece of bread can cause a reaction in the body that lasts 6-8 weeks and wreaks body-wide havoc that aggravates other body systems. Is Gluten-free just a fad? What is so 'new' about gluten that has people saying it's bad for you? What happens to your system after eating gluten? How does gluten play a role in autoimmunity? We discuss this and more in Part 1.
During Part 2, we discuss how to be gluten-free including eating out at restaurants, preparing your own foods, avoiding hidden gluten in cosmetics, bodycare products, sauces, dressings and foods. We explore the gluten-free alternatives to your favorite foods and more! Part 1 required to attend Part 2.