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.
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]
I finally caved and bought an Instant Pot. I’ve been considering it since last Christmas, but I kept waffling. I have a crockpot and love to cook meals in it. I enjoy the long cook time that makes the house smell mouth-watering for 8-10 hours. So I kept telling myself I didn’t really need an instant pot.
Not necessarily. According to a recent study, 20% of children and 33% of adults don’t heal on a traditional gluten free diet.
The Nima gluten sensor is a portable gluten sensor that tests food for trace amounts of gluten. It’s the first technology of its kind. I’ve had my Nima gluten sensor for almost a year now, and honestly, I think it’s an amazing tool!
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!