Non-celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance comes with a wide range of symptoms from rashes to digestive issues. Medicating all these disparate afflictions will soon have you popping pills like a Pez dispenser. Luckily, there are some natural ways in which you can beat the gluten blues without negative side effects. Continue reading
The wealth of ancient grains flooding the market can be really confusing; how do you cook them? Are they better or healthier than the grains I am more accustomed to? Ancient grains or heritage grains have been around for thousands of years. They can be more nutritious than corn or wheat, but only if they are organic whole grains or sprouted grains. Here are five ancient grains you can include in your diet today.
Spelt is a popular ancient grain with a delicious nutty flavor that is easy to digest. Spelt is a wonderful source of fiber, folate, magnesium and selenium and has much lower levels of gluten. Continue reading
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is also known as gluten-intolerance and is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 10 people. Little is known about NCGS but it has been linked to the excessive amounts of gluten in the modern diet. Sadly, many of these cases go undiagnosed as the list of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance is long and varied.
Causes of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Traditionally, artisanal bread was left to ferment (a natural leavening method) which allows the gluten time to convert into digestible sugars. But this process was time consuming so, in 1961, the Chorleywood baking method was invented by the British Baking Industries Research Association. This allows for the production of bread in just 45 minutes and enables the use of lower quality wheat.
The result was that modern breads and bread products are filled with gluten; far more than our bodies can handle. Gluten itself is the enzyme of a protein which resulted from the crossbreeding and genetic modification of modern day wheat. It gives the dough its elastic properties which also play havoc with our guts. Continue reading
So you’ve given up your pizza crusts, hamburger buns and bread and for this monumental sacrifice, you are assured that you are living a healthier lifestyle. If you have stilled your carb cravings with fruit, whole grains, sprouted grains and veggies then congratulations; you really are on your way to a long and healthy life. If you, like so many of us, have been filling those cravings with gluten-free products—only too happy to be able to still enjoy your favorite foods, then you may be in for a nasty surprise.
Many gluten-free products are made from triple starches, commercial sugars, binders, and mostly eggs to make them hold together. Carbohydrates (starches) will convert to sugar in our digestive track which means that these gluten-free treats aren’t really good for you.
Paulette Lambert, director of California Health & Longevity Institute: “For those who simply want to try out the gluten-free trend, even with no real medical evidence to support it yet, it’s essential to continue to eat a balanced diet to get enough vital nutrients. Remember, just because a product is gluten-free does not mean that it is healthy.” Continue reading
Are the winter blues getting you down? Do you feel tired, or have trouble concentrating? The concept of comfort food isn’t just about warming you up on a cold day; what you eat really can change the way you feel. Your food choices can either leave you feeling happier, or can inflict bad moods and mild depressions.
Carbs make you Happy
Not so fast! Before you reach for the pizza, its only smart carbohydrate choices that help to improve your mood. You see carbohydrates are rich in tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid which, with a little help from the B vitamins, is used to create serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ hormone with helps to elevate your mood.
When you binge on bad carbs, your gut can’t handle all the gluten and this may lead to a number of side effects including depression, irritability, digestion issues and headaches; certainly not a recipe for smiles. So instead, reach for the whole grains, sprouted grains like BIO-BUDs, gluten-free healthy snacks, and organic artisanal breads which are low in gluten.