A recent study has just revealed yet another harmful effect of secondhand smoke. Should you be concerned? Possibly, as the link is tied to two serious conditions: glucose intolerance and diabetes. The University of Alabama (Birmingham) study, which was published on-line in the British Medical Journal, decided to take another look at cigarette smoking and its possible relationship to blood-sugar disorders. In the past, research has shown that smokers are at greater risk for these conditions than nonsmokers are. This time, however, the researchers wanted to see how “passive smokers” (nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke) fit into the puzzle. The long-term study looked at approximately 4,500 people, aged 18 to 30, over a period of 15 years. None of these people had glucose intolerance or diabetes at the study’s outset. The subjects were divided into four groups: 1) smokers; 2) ex-smokers; 3) nonsmokers with no exposure to secondhand smoke; … [Read more...] about Secondhand Smoke Could Trigger Glucose Intolerance
Gluten is very controversial. Many claim that gluten is safe for everyone except for those with gluten intolerance due to the chronic intestinal malabsorption disorder called celiac disease, which affects up to 1 percent of the population. A 2013 survey from The NPD Group found that about a third of American adults actively try to avoid eating gluten with a gluten-free diet. That is because many without celiac disease will still claim they suffer from gluten intolerance symptoms. What is gluten anyway? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, couscous, semolina, and triticale. Gluten is also found in baked goods, breads, crackers, pastas, seasonings, and spices. The two key proteins in gluten include gliadin and glutenin; however, gliadin is responsible for most of the negative health effects associated with gluten intolerance. When flour is combined with water, the gluten proteins will form a glue-like consistency with elastic … [Read more...] about Gluten Intolerance Symptoms and Natural Treatments
We’ve advanced a lot in the past 20 years but for some reason, scientists haven’t been able to figure out why so many of us can’t do one simple think: digest dairy. In fact, according to a USA Today report, about 60% of people in the world cannot digest lactose—the main sugar found in milk—after infancy. Lactose intolerance, the inability to digest lactose, is quite common—so common, that scientists say that actually being able to digest milk after childhood is rare, and not the other way around. The fact that we do, despite the fact that no other mammal drinks milk after infancy, is the reason why scientists have coined the term “lactose persistence,” to denote that less than half of the world’s population continue, oddly enough, drink milk after infancy. Why? A study from Cornell University postulated that humans that can digest dairy today actually come from areas where dairy herds were raised nearby; however, if you originally … [Read more...] about 5 Signs You’re Lactose Intolerant
Sometimes sitting for a peaceful meal can feel more like running an obstacle course if you have reactions to what you eat. But are you allergic, or is it something else? What is a food allergy? True food allergies trigger an immune system response. Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergies activate the adaptive immune system, which is typically on high alert to detect and fend off potentially dangerous parasites and pathogens. In the case of an allergic reaction, instead of fighting off invaders, IgE binds to benign substances such as food proteins. These immune system triggers are known as allergens. In terms of food allergies, contact usually occurs through eating, but skin exposure or inhalation of food residue may also activate a response. Symptoms Allergen binding causes the release of inflammatory substances that promote recognizable allergy symptoms: Skin reactions (hives, rash, swelling) are the most frequent symptoms associated with IgE-mediated food allergies, and … [Read more...] about Allergic or Intolerant
What Is Gluten? Gluten is a type of protein found in grains, including wheat, barley and rye. Gluten Intolerance? Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten causes an autoimmune response in the body which damages the small intestine. It’s been said that the vast majority of people who have a gluten intolerance will never be diagnosed and that as much as 15% of Americans have some type of gluten sensitivity or intolerance, if not celiac disease. 10 Signs of Gluten Intolerance That Most People Ignore Mouth Ulcers Fibromyalgia Weight Loss Infertility Inflammation Joint pain Chronic fatigue Low Immunity Keratosis Pilaris Hormone Imbalances Additional sources: livestrong.com, healthtipsportal.com, dailyhealthpost.com Also read: … [Read more...] about 10 Warning Signs of Gluten Intolerance That Most People Ignore
Chances are you haven’t heard of dermatomyositis. It’s an inflammatory muscle and skin disease that can cause skin rash, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, and a number of other symptoms. This disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own muscles and skin because it doesn’t understand the difference between them and an intruder. For years, I was baffled by dermatomyositis after having been diagnosed with it at age 16. Then, after being told by a doctor that I was going to be on chemo for the rest of my life at age 21, I found out I was simply gluten intolerant with the help of an herbalist. Could dermatomyositis and gluten intolerance be the same thing? Let’s take a look at what we know: Gluten Intolerance Is an Autoimmune Reaction When the body cannot process gluten (which is a protein in wheat, barley, and rye), it has an autoimmune response, meaning it begins to attack itself. The common symptoms of gluten intolerance involve … [Read more...] about Is Dermatomyositis Just Another Word for Gluten Intolerance?
We hear alot about gluten and gluten intolerance – that wheat, barley, rye and oats should be avoided and in a few weeks you should feel much better. But what exactly is gluten intolerance, how does it happen? Wheat contains very complex and difficult to digest proteins – they are called glutens. It’s a real challenge for a healthy persons digestive system to break down wheat proteins, as it requires optimum amounts of stomach acid to make pepsins – enzymes that break down proteins. To make stomach acid, you need salt – and because of the popularised idea that you should avoid salt, understandably many people are going to have problems making stomach acid, and thus, breaking down proteins. In addition, all sort of allergies can appear, because of undigested food particles that enter the blood stream, and are treated as invaders by the immune system. So without enough salt you can’t make enough stomach acid, and cannot break down proteins – … [Read more...] about Gluten Intolerance Fully Explained
Gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, is the bummer of all bummers. The gluten intolerance creates a chronic malabsorption syndrome that is the worst of the worst. If someone experiences lethargy, weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrhea, stools that are bulky, pale, floating or horrendously smelly, abdominal pain or distension, weakness, and or anemia, hello gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, can manifest itself very dramatically, causing malnutrition and wasting, or else it many act insidiously to downgrade general health and vitality over a number of years. Classic forms of this disorder begin early in life, just as soon as cereal grains containing gluten protein are introduced into the diet. In this case, the infant fails to thrive, muscular structures begin to waste, especially if the gluteal (butt) region, and the abdomen protrudes markedly due to intestinal fermentation. Fat absorption is reduced, fat-soluble vitamin deficiency is common, and other … [Read more...] about Say Bye-Bye to Gluten Intolerance
More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them? If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance: 1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. 2, Keratosis Pilaris (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut. 3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten. 4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple … [Read more...] about Are you gluten intolerant?
What is Gluten Intolerance? Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten causes an autoimmune response in the body which damages the small intestine. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. 11 Signs of Gluten Intolerance That Most People Ignore Hormone Imbalances Different hormonal issues may occur as a result of a gluten intolerance. Infertility and irregular menstrual cycles are sign of gluten intolerance. The inflammation from gluten consumption puts a significant amount of stress on the adrenal glands, which can begin to malfunction and upset the balance of the entire endocrine system. Autoimmune Diseases Autoimmune diseases frequently develop in people who are intolerant to gluten. These diseases … [Read more...] about 11 Signs of Gluten Intolerance That Most People Ignore