Functional and Integrative Registered Dietitian
Many individuals are now going or trying to go gluten free. What does this mean? Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, farro, triticale and oats (oats are cross contaminated with gluten).
Gluten contains a protein called gliadin, which makes it sticky or allows the “dough”. Research has found that even if individuals don’t have celiac disease, many individuals have some degree of intolerance to either gluten and/or wheat. Gluten has been found to cause damage to the gut and result in inflammation, leaky gut, food sensitivities and autoimmune conditions. Should you go gluten free? If you are experiencing symptoms listed here from the Celiac Disease Foundation, then it is a good idea to get tested for Celiac Disease. Once you go gluten free, it becomes more difficult to diagnose. Click here to take the Celiac Symptoms Assessment Tool. If you are unsure and rather “lighten the load” on your digestive tract, then go light on the breads, cereals, grains and opt for oats, rice and quinoa. If you are experiencing autoimmune conditions, digestive symptoms, aches and pains, you would benefit from the gold standard in food sensitivity testing, Mediated Release Testing. This allows the immune system to calm down, it is an individualized anti-inflammatory diet and results are as soon as 7-10 days of improved symptoms. Symptoms have been improved by 75-85% in 30 days. If you are interested in MRT, this is a service that I provide along with coaching and supporting you through the protocol. The protocol is called LEAP, which stands for Lifestyle for Eating and Performance. Send me a message to find out whether this is right for you.
Did you know that toxins from the environment, water and food supply cause more stress on the body, increase inflammation and affect overall health? Reducing the toxic load is an important way to support the body’s natural ability to work properly. By being mindful of your personal care products and exposure from your surroundings, you are taking steps in the right direction to a more vibrant and healthy lifestyle.
Most people don’t think about the chemicals that they put on their body. From toothpaste, deodorant, hair care, make-up, nail care, lotion and skin care. Many chemicals affect hormones, diabetes, cancer, fertility, obesity and weight gain. Some examples include phthalates and parabens.
Check your products at ewg.org for EWGverified, meaning it meets the criteria for safe products.
Every year the Environmental Working Group, EWG does a study on the produce that contains the highest amount of pesticide residue. This list is called the “Dirty Dozen.” It also provides a list of the lowest containing pesticides and provides a list called the “Clean Fifteen”. These can be found here https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
Water could be a big source of toxins. However, a good water filter can reduce contaminants. The EWG has a great consumer resource on water filters. Here is the Water Filter Guide from EWG.org:
Avoid cooking in copper and aluminum
Use stainless steel, cast iron or glass
Avoid heating food up in plastic, use glass or ceramic dishes
Opt for stainless steel water bottles and coffee mugs
Avoid canned foods, opt for glass jars or frozen
Avoid cooking frozen vegetables or any food in plastic bags
Do you still use teflon coated pots and pans?
If so, ditch it now! Teflon has been found to stay in the body and cause cancer as well as other health problems.