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Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity is not a mystical creature in the hills of Upper Michigan, it is a serious health issue. There’s more to treating a gluten sensitivity than may initially meet the eye. I will help you know how to identify what contains gluten, hidden sources of gluten especially in jarred or packaged items, and how to simply avoid gluten all together in whole foods that are a delicious part of functional nutrition.

While it is easy to dismiss a gluten allergy as a “new-age fad”, gluten sensitivity is very real and backed by significant science that demonstrates the detrimental effects it can have on one’s health and specifically gut health, long-term.

Gluten is a combination of two protein molecules found in wheat, barley, and rye which make up the bulk of most commercial breads, crackers, baking flour, and pastas. However most REAL foods apart from wheat, barley, and rye, like nuts, seeds, meats, eggs, fruit, and vegetables are %100 gluten-free if they’ve had no processing.

To be classified as “certified gluten-free,” a food must contain less than 30 parts per million of gluten. However, those who suffer from the auto-immune illness, Celiac disease, have been known to develop reactions caused by foods with gluten levels as low as 3 parts per million.

 A researcher by the name Alessio Fasano, top researcher in celiac, gluten and leaky gut found that gliadin, the protein found in gluten is associated with increased gut permeability in all humans. To what degree is a case by case determination.

More than 18 million Americans suffering from some form of gluten sensitivity, which can lead minor health issues such as a rash or even create more serious conditions such seizures, arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are many hidden sources of gluten, especially in packaged produces, so be sure to look for the “certified gluten free” seal.

I take gluten sensitivity seriously since it can be the cause of many chronic illnesses. I utilize advanced testing that goes further than more standardized tests which almost always misses gluten sensitivity. It is best to test than guess! Combining this information with other advanced treatment methods, we work together to help you develop and maintain a gluten-conscious diet (without turning your life upside-down) that will allow your body to heal, regain its energy and thrive in the long term. Modern Health KC offers wide range of resources around maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle. If you are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Modern Health KC today!