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7 Steps for Taming Gluten Sensitivity

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Are you feeling lousy, achy and experience digestive problems after eating a gluten-filled meal?
Air Date: 5/21/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Janet Angel, PhD
 Janet Angel Janet Angel, PhD, is a nutritional biochemist and wellness expert with more than 20 years of professional experience in the natural health care industry.

A popular lecturer and frequently invited guest on radio and TV programs around the country, Dr. Janet currently serves as product formulator, executive Vice Present, and media spokesperson for dietary supplement maker Nature's Sources, LLC.
7 Steps for Taming Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten-free has been popular in the news, demanded in grocery stores and restaurants and heavily discussed by health care professionals.

What gives?

More common than celiac disease is something called gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity occurs when you have an adverse reaction to the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

These symptoms differ from celiac disease and include weight loss or gain, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, aching joints, depression, fatigue and headaches.

According to a study by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, roughly 20 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity.

Have you ever felt lousy, achy and suffer from digestive problems after eating a gluten filled meal? Maybe you should consider eating gluten-free to see if your body will bounce back to normal again.

Not sure how to get started?

The first step is to make a list of everything you eat and rank how your body reacts to each food item. Are you bloated, gassy, fatigued or have diarrhea? The next important thing to do is once you've listed these items, eliminate the gluten filled food items from your diet for 60-90 days.

What are some other steps that you should be taking to help take control of your gluten sensitivity?

Nutritional biochemist and wellness expert, Janet Angel, PhD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, what gluten sensitivity is and ways to tame your sensitivity.

7 Steps to Tame Gluten Sensitivity:
  • Remove wheat and grains from your diet for a period of time to allow your body to repair.
  • Make sure you drink adequate amounts of purified water daily.
  • Eat plenty of greens; they will soak up toxicities and balance your digestive pH levels.
  • Use a plant-based enzyme complex supplement with a strong protease blend to replenish your own missing digestive enzymes. The human body cannot produce all of the enzymes it needs, so it depends on the presence of natural enzymes in the food supply. When natural enzymes are destroyed through cooking or processing, enzyme supplements are needed.
  • Exercise to boost circulation, which will move nutrients to where they need to go.
  • Take probiotics to fortify your immune system.
  • Re-introduce small amounts of grains into your diet, being sure to rotate your foods and not eat the same dishes day after day.