There’s more to treating a gluten sensitivity than may initially meet the eye. At Central Coast Center for Integrative Health, we’ll help you identify which foods contain gluten, and how to avoid gluten altogether by eating naturally gluten-free whole foods that are a delicious part of an anti-inflammatory diet.
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 whole foods 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.
More than 18 million Americans are suffering from some form of gluten sensitivity, which can lead to minor health issues such as a rash or 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.
In addition to gluten sensitivities that some individuals have, conventionally raised glutenous grains can cause havoc on your digestive system since most of these crops (and most non-organic crops in general) are sprayed with a dangerous herbicide called Roundup – which contains a compound called glyphosate which is very harmful when ingested. High levels of glyphosate in your diet are linked to a number of disorders and illness including leaky gut and cancer.
Our team at Central Coast Center for Integrative Health takes gluten issues seriously since it can be a catalyst for many chronic illnesses – and we utilize special testing that goes further than more standardized tests (that frequently fail to detect gluten sensitivity).
Combining this information with other advanced treatment methods, we can 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 longterm. Central Coast Center for Integrative Health offers a wide range of resources around maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle.
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