Should you go gluten free? Why, and how.

When I talk to patients about going gluten free and giving up some of the foods they truly cherish it can be difficult for them at times.  I try to explain to them that it is not only for people who have been diagnosed with celiac’s disease which is a terrible condition where the villi of the stomach are destroyed by an immune reaction in which white blood cells come and attack the villi or wall lining,  but also for people who have a sensitivity to gluten which we do testing for.  There is a difference between a full blown celiacs and one who is sensitive.  Being sensitive means everytime you eat gluten you are just adding fuel to the fire.  It doesn’t have to be only gut and intestinal symptoms.  It could be a gut reaction causing leaky gut which is another barrier to our body for protection, but it could also be many different things including leaky brain which is when the blood brain barrier is breeched and can cause a myriad of neurological problems like brain fog, MS symptoms, migraines, chronic pain syndromes, and many other things that are chronic in nature and unless you remove the gluten you are just causing more problem.  If you are up for it and want to find out what foods you are sensitive to and may be causing problems for you  can do that right here.  If not I’d try it for 30 days minimum and see how you feel.  Many people do really well when they get off gluten and tell me their knees feel better, their back doesn’t hurt anymore, they haven’t had a migraine, and they have lsot weight.  This is awesome, so I would continue to stay off it if they are getting results.

It's right around the corner

Many people I see have chronic pain syndromes.  Most have terrible standard american diets which are full of inflammatory foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, etc.  Many of these people are overweight, and may have an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MS, RA, Psoriasis, Lupus, Scleroderma, etc.  Autoimmune conditions are when your immune system has got overexcited and causes an attack upon a particular tissue.  Once you are auto-immune you are always autoimmune.  How do you know if you have one of these conditipons?  You have to have an antibody test done to see if you are producing antibodies to a particular tissue.  One of the most common autoimmune conditions I see is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  It’s an attack of your immune system on the thyroid tissue.  Unfortunatly most people don’t ever get the antibody testing and still suffer even when on meds.  I test all my patients for thyroid antibodies.  If you have this condition or any other auto-immune condition you must go gluten free, and be on a very restricted anti-inflammatory diet.  If you want to feel better and function better then you have to , it’s as simple as that.  You would not put gas on a fire when you are trying to put it out.

Once you have an auto-immune condition you manage it, because once you have an excited immune system it is always looking for another tissue to attack, you better hope it’s not your brain or some organ.  Now, I’m not here to scare you but your immune system is very important and if it’s not functioning well and you are having problems with your life and taking a bunch of meds which do nothing to address the immune issue you may want to seek my advice or someone who has training in functional medicine and understands and knows how to help these type of suffering prople. If you don’t know what to do and are sufferring try gluten free to start.  Grains are inflammatory to your body and create an immune reaction, and for those that are sensitive or have a full blown auto-immune case you will never get better unless you remove this food from your body.

This is right around the corner also

When you go gluten free the big thing I would do is not go to the gluten free section.  There are many products that are gluten free but have tons of sugar.  Lots of cookies, muffins, etc. that are gluten free but not sugar free. Stay away from that since the excess sugar can be just about as inflammatory to your body as the gluten is.  Your sugar should be fruits only, specifically stone fruits, or berries.  This is a tough time of the year to get good fruit so you can always get blueberries which are fine.  I’d keep your diet to a ton of mixed color veggies which is most of your diet.  If you have a plate I’d have 2/3rds of it covered with veggies, then you can have some protein in organic fresh meats, chicken, or fish, and then a little fruit in there if you’d like. What do I eat for breakfast?  Same things as lunch and dinner.  Mix it up and get creative.

You want to have an anti-inflammatory diet which is going to give you nutrients because when I do blood work I see all kinds of insufficiences in minerals and vitamins due to a poor toxic and insufficient diet.  It you do this diet you will start feeling better quite soon, and once your systems start working better, you get your life back.  I love helping people who have been through the mill with their health and it’s great to see them get their life back and keep it once we do the testing and get them on a specific designed program that addresses their problem.   It’s incredible to see that the body can heal when given the right nutrients and incredible self care.

I’m getting a little long winded here but I feel this is important information for you to use.  I’m here to help transform your life and add vitality to it.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for our family.  My dad is near his end and a quick update for you who want to know.  He was alert today and could talk a bit.  I’ve been reading your well wishes from facebook to him and we truly are appreciative and grateful for your thoughts and prayers.  he’s a fighter and is not ready to go yet even though his body is severely shutting down.  We pray it will be peaceful when he decides to go.  Mary and I are up there as much as we possibly can. Morning, noon, night, and anytime between we can sneak up  there.  I feel your health is so valuable and you never want to lose it because it is tough on everyone and it may cost you everything you value. On the positive side if you work at it and take care of yourself then health and life are limitless.

Mom, dad, and me some 30 years ago.

Until next time, keep eating, moving, and thinking well!  Feel free to call me or email anytime.  Dr. E

p.s.  Looks like I may get the ski’s out one last time.  Big storm coming, bring it on!!

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