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Celiac disease

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Everybody feels bloated and tired and has digestive issues, headaches, and achy joints on occasion. Those of us who live with invisible and chronic illnesses can relate, no doubt! But if you have these symptoms on the reg, you could have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder triggered by gluten. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley and in the foods that contain these grains. Some risk factors include having a parent or sibling with the disease (that accounts for roughly 20% of cases) and how many infections you had as a kid. A blood test can tell if you have celiac, and it’s important to get tested before you experiment with a gluten-free diet (if you do experiment, your blood test could seem normal). If you test positive, going on a gluten-free diet will help clear up your symptoms. You’ll have to get savvy about reading food and product labels, because there can be hidden traces of gluten in lots of different processed products—everything from oatmeal to lipstick. If you’ve never had to adjust your diet before, this can definitely be hard at first. Fortunately, there are tons of gluten-free products in grocery stores now, and many restaurants have extensive gluten-free menus. That helps, especially when you’re going through the grieving process for pasta or bread. You won’t have to give these things up entirely—you’ll just have to choose a gluten-free alternative. It’s important to know that not everyone with gluten allergies has celiac disease. Instead, you could have a wheat allergy or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). In fact, NCGS may actually be more common than celiac disease. In both celiac and NCGS, your symptoms (fatigue, diarrhea, brain fog) will clear up when you stop eating wheat, rye, or barley. GI issues can be notoriously hard to crack, so check in with a practitioner you trust who has experience with digestive disorders. A dietician can also be super helpful since gluten hides in many foods, medications, and nonfood products like toothpaste and envelope glue. Since celiac interferes with your body’s absorption of nutrients, if you have deficiencies, the dietician may also recommend supplements like folate, iron, vitamin B12, and more. It takes a team to solve celiac!

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Celiac Disease (Newly Revised and Updated): A Hidden Epidemic

From Dr. Peter H.R. Green, internationally renowned expert on celiac disease and director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, and medical writer Rory Jones, this is the definitive book on celiac disease, one of the most underdiagnosed autoimmune diseases in the U.S. Do you suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, and/or itchy skin conditions? Have you consulted numerous doctors, and been prescribed drugs and diets that have only temporarily alleviated some symptoms? If so, you may have celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune condition that affects nearly one in every hundred people—97 percent of whom remain undiagnosed and untreated. The real answer to your medical problems may lie in this book. Dr. Green, together with Rory Jones, an accomplished medical writer who was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 and has been researching it ever since, have written this authoritative guide on how celiac disease is properly diagnosed, treated, and managed. The disease is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, which damages the lining of the small intestine so that it cannot properly absorb food. Without essential nutrients, the entire body begins to suffer. Complications from celiac disease can include infertility, depression, liver disease, other autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease), and even cancer. This is a disease that you do not outgrow. At present, the only way to treat it is to follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. This revised and updated edition contains the most current information on celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity. It examines the disease’s many manifestations and includes an entire section devoted to coping with the psychological aspects of living with a chronic illness and following a gluten-free diet. It also includes a guide to ingredients and safe grains, a selection of gluten-free manufacturers, and a list of national and international support groups.

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Keto Talk: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, Celiac Disease, Gagging on Salt

n this episode of Keto Talk, Jimmy and Dr. Will Cole are ready to answer your questions all about the Keto lifestyle. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, celiac disease, gagging on salt, keto-friendly backpacking food, food diversity for the microbiome are some of the things we talk about today on Episode 113! THE PERFECT KETO SUPPLEMENT USE COUPON CODE LLVLC FOR 15% OFF NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship Highlight Quote: “There are some really cool studies that show that a ketogenic diet with lots of saturated fats increases testosterone naturally, without supplements.” -Dr. Will Cole Jimmy and Will are back today ready to answer YOUR questions about health and wellness the Keto way. Here are some of the topics Jimmy and Will discussed in the patient examples in episode 113: HOT TOPICS: How quickly does the breakdown of the fat you consume and digest develop into ketone bodies? How and why does keto increase testosterone levels in male Ketonians? Is keto breath a sign of something wrong in the gut or is it merely a byproduct of ketones? What is the relationship between the stress hormone cortisol and the impact on ketones? Why does stool float for some people who eat a ketogenic diet? THE COLLAPSE OF A $40 MILLION NUTRITION SCIENCE CRUSADE Atkins could see a boost from failed keto dieters looking for a less restrictive, low-carb option Tim Noakes is finally free and clear after winning Banting diet advice case Study: The Food You Eat Might Shift Your Risk of Depression, Study Suggests YOUR NEW KETO DIET ALLY NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship Highlight Quote: “You don't have to drink shakes and you don't have to eat bars. Embrace real food.” – Jimmy Moore

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Learn True Health: Naturopathic Doctor Teaches How To End the Overwhelm Around Food Restrictions, Sensitivities, Allergies, IBS, Digestive Issues, Gluten, Celiac, Elimination Diet, Whole Foods with Dr. Ellie Heintze

Changing Diets Smoothly Changing diets can be both intimidating and overwhelming. I have gone through over 30 diets, and trust me; it can get frustrating, too. However, changing diets doesn't have to be a negative experience. Dr. Ellie Heintze is my guest today who will show us the right mindset once you decide to start changing diets. Previous Life Dr. Ellie Heintze was a chemist in her 'previous life,' as she likes to call it. Earning her master's degree 12 years ago, it was a time when anything about food allergy was not a prevalent health issue. It was also around that time that Dr. Ellie Heintze happened to suffer from digestive health issues. Hence, she decided to consult with a Gastroenterologist which consequently turned out to be a bad experience. As fate would have it, Dr. Ellie Heintze happened to chance upon a Naturopathic Doctor's clinic who also knew how to perform Acupuncture techniques. This moment, according to Dr. Ellie Heintze, changed her life. Changing Careers Dr. Ellie Heintze was surprised that on just her initial visit, she felt immediate relief from her health issues. The Acupuncture technique was terrific! Because of that positive experience, she became curious about that doctor's natural approach to healing. While her health issues were traced to food allergies to gluten, dairy, and eggs, Dr. Ellie Heintze likewise became inspired to follow in that doctor's footsteps. The doctor was a graduate of Bastyr University, the same university where Dr. Ellie Heintze eventually earned her Master's degree in Acupuncture and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Changing Diets "A lot of people with digestive issues get Acupuncture now. Others are curious about how to start changing diets to a gluten-free one. I call it the gluten-free switch," said Dr. Ellie Heintze. Dr. Ellie Heintze says that ideally, she encourages her patients to shift to whole foods as well as low-carb foods. Apparently, this is because she says the gluten-free food is still considered processed. Label Reading When you plan on changing diets, Dr. Ellie Heintze says that getting into the habit of reading labels is a good start. This way, you can scrutinize all the ingredients. However, it's not only in food. Apparently, even supplements need to be scrutinized because it is usually filled with fillers. Some supplements have food dyes and ingredients like titanium dioxide. "Reading labels can also apply to supplements. There is much information on labels," said Dr. Ellie Heintze. "Focus on the bottom where it indicates other ingredients. If it only has a few words, it's ok. Put it back if there are a lot of ingredients. Also be wary of ingredients that are not familiar." Eating Right Dr. Ellie Heintze however, clarifies that changing diets is not just about switching to whole foods. To create a balanced meal, she says it is best to incorporate more vegetables and good fats. Learning to substitute the right foods is also essential to a successful diet. "Try to take away bread and pasta gradually. Replace it with quinoa and brown rice. Likewise, increase protein," Dr. Ellie Heintze suggests. "Have small, frequent meals and add good fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil. You'll feel full longer, and your blood sugar won't crash." I agree with Dr. Ellie Heintze's recommendations. Based on my personal experiences with diets, I tend to feel grumpy and experience moods swings due to unregulated blood sugar. Essentially, when we set ourselves up for success in the morning starting with a good, healthy breakfast, we set up ourselves emotionally and mentally for the rest of the day. To know what are the right foods to eat, Dr. Ellie Heintze incidental.

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Learn True Health: The Gluten Free School, Why, When and How To Give Up The Gluten For Celiac, Autoimmune, Digestive Health, Weight Loss or To Just Feel Great with Functional Nutritionist Jennifer Fugo

Gluten- Free School Gluten-free is how more and more people are tweaking their diet nowadays. I remember seven years ago when my husband and I first went gluten-free, few people knew what it meant. My guest, Jennifer Fugo, apparently went through a similar path. And because being gluten-free made her so much healthier, she established the Gluten Free School to help people get their health back. Life Before Being Gluten-Free Jennifer Fugo’s journey was similar to most people who have gotten sick. Way back in 2006, she was so much into working out and being healthy. However, despite how Jennifer Fugo was restrictive with her diet, she was gaining weight, felt tired most of the time and very sickly. She initially thought she was exercising too much, but despite cutting down her workouts, she still didn’t feel right. Even doctors couldn’t diagnose appropriately because Jennifer Fugo’s lab tests all came out normal. Then one day in 2008, Jennifer Fugo’s friend recommended seeing a nutritionist. Upon seeing that Jennifer Fugo’s diet mainly consisted of bread, pasta, and pizza, the nutritionist advised her to go gluten-free for two weeks. It didn’t take long before Jennifer Fugo saw results. Within just three days of being gluten-free, she felt more clear headed. Apparently, brain fog was associated with gluten sensitivity, and it turned out that Jennifer Fugo was gluten sensitive to eggs, dairy, cashews, and pistachios. “Gluten sensitivity implies that there is an immune reaction that is happening as a result of a specific food like gluten coming into the body. If you are gluten sensitive, you do need to avoid things like oats that are not certified gluten-free,” said Jennifer Fugo. What Is Gluten? Many people have heard this term, but very few know what gluten is. Gluten is derived from the Latin word ‘gluten’ which means glue. And like glue, it binds things together. Final products that contain gluten usually have a chewy texture. “It is a spongy protein that is found in specific grains. Most notably, wheat, barley, and rye. It is also in other ancient forms of wheat,” Jennifer Fugo said. “Gluten binds together ingredients, and it may be hard for some people to digest.” Advocating A Gluten-Free Diet Even outside of Philadelphia where Jennifer Fugo lives, she attests that things have changed so much as far as diet is concerned. She says many people in her area are advocates of a gluten-free diet, so it wasn’t hard to find restaurants that offered a gluten-free menu. However, that was not always the case. When Jennifer Fugo first tried practicing a gluten-free diet, her father, who happened to be a medical doctor, was very skeptical. It was only when her health significantly improved that her father understood how a gluten-free diet plays a significant role in overall health. “People noticed a big change in me. Because it seemed like I lost weight when in fact, it’s not fat, but inflammation. I lost inflammation weight,” explained Jennifer Fugo. “When it comes to food sensitivity or autoimmune diseases, the symptoms are all over the place. That is why it is hard for doctors to pinpoint the correct diagnosis.” The Gluten Free School Her personal experience drove Jennifer Fugo to put up Gluten Free School in 2011. Her mission is to empower and inspire gluten sensitive women to get back to living a healthy, joy-filled life. A program at the Gluten Free School typically lasts six to eight weeks. The school helps women identify root causes, implement diet and lifestyle changes based on their unique health history, and resolve chronic health issues. “A lot of people don’t understand that you can’t do it halfway. You have to be gluten-free all the way,” said Jennifer Fugo.

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