There’s a celiac disease vaccine called Nexvax2 in the works. It’s meant to allow celiacs to eat gluten without getting sick and without any damage to your gut.
Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Education
Many celiacs are unable to tolerate corn because it causes a gluten-like reaction in their system. If you’ve been eating gluten free, but you’re still struggling with low energy levels, digestive distress, depression, etc., you may want to try going corn free for a few weeks and see what impact it has on your health.
OH NO, I’VE BEEN GLUTENED!
We’re heading into the holidays and that means lot of food! It probably also means you might be eating food other people have prepared. It also means an increased chance of being glutened. [insert scary music here]
Not necessarily. According to a recent study, 20% of children and 33% of adults don’t heal on a traditional gluten free diet.
Refractory celiac disease is continued damage to the small intestine after adhering to a gluten free diet for an extended period (about a year). To fully explain refractory celiac disease, we need to first examine regular celiac disease to clearly distinguish between the two.
WHAT ARE ENZYMES?
Enzymes are catalysts—they speed up chemical reactions. Almost all metabolic processes in your body’s cells need to be accelerated so the processes happen fast enough to sustain life. Without enzymes, we’d die—chemical reactions would take too long.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, have a severe gluten allergy or have a family member who has, the changeover can be daunting. Where do you start when going gluten free?
1. MAKE PEACE WITH GOING GLUTEN FREE
It sounds a little cheesy, but it’s important. I fought against my situation for quite a while before I accepted that my lifestyle was going to change drastically forever. Transition time is needed for all of us. I had breakdowns and temper tantrums on and off for about six months.
WHAT IS CANDIDA?
Candida is a genus of fungi that includes over 20 species of yeasts. It performs important functions such as recognizing and destroying harmful bacteria, aiding in nutrient absorption and digestion, and decomposing the body when it’s dead. Ideally it lives in harmony with a variety of other microorganisms in your body.
However, when not kept in balance, many species can cause infection, with Candida albicans being the most prevalent. Candida albicans is very opportunistic, meaning it will multiply and take over if given the chance, converting from its single cell yeast form to its fungal form. This is called candida overgrowth or candidiasis.
WHAT IS GLUTEN SENSITIVITY?
Gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), often causes symptoms similar to celiac disease but absent an autoimmune response (without any damage to the lining of the gut).
TRAVELING GLUTEN FREE IN THE US
Ah, the joys of traveling! I recently went to California and realized I have some tidbits of wisdom that might be helpful for gluten free travelers.
Rule #1 in Los Angeles: Never use your blinker on the highway—it’s a sign of weakness. Rule #2 : The line to In and Out Burger in LA is always at least 10 cars long. I’m not exaggerating. I went to In and Out Burger multiple times and was in the drive through line for about 20 minutes each time.