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 KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, lightly fermented, effervescent, tea-based drink. It is made by adding a SCOBY, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts, to tea and sugar.
The outcome is a drink that is naturally low in sugar (the sugar gets consumed during the fermentation process), and is packed with probiotics, organic acids, polyphenols (antioxidants), active enzymes, amino acids, and a spectrum of B-vitamins!
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.
GLUTEN FREE LABELING
Gluten free labeling with certification gives the you (the consumer) assurance from someone with no skin in the game (a third party certifier) that the food you’re eating is truly gluten free. Why does this matter?
Believe it or not, FDA regulation does not require manufacturers to test for the presence of gluten in their starting ingredients or finished foods that are labeled gluten-free.
WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating where you designate times and durations for eating and not eating. It’s not a diet, as it provides no guidance as to what foods you should or should not eat. It’s more along the lines of timing your meals.