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Friday, June 8, 2012

A Gluten-Free Lifestyle III

Good Morning Readers:

Today I will wrap up our discussion on a Gluten-free Lifestyle but you need to keep in mind that at the end of the day your health is everything.

Did you know that wheat can cause leaky gut syndrome? It sure can and what is leaky gut syndrome? The answer is a condition whereby stuff is leaking from your gut into your bloodstream- stuff that shouldn't be there, like toxins(and large molecules like gluten). When people eat wheat, their bodies produce extra amounts of a protein called zonulin.

The lining of the small intestine is basically a wall of cells that most materials can't pass through on their own. When important vitamins and minerals are present, zonulin tells the passageways in the intestinal wall to open so those nutrients can pass into the bloodstream. The blood then carries the nutrients to other parts of the body, where they can be used to nourish the body.

But when people eat wheat- not just people with celiac disease, but all people- their zonulin levels rise too high, and the passageways open too much and let things into the bloodstream that shouldn't be there. This increased permeability of the lining of the small intestine, known as leaky gut syndrome, can cause a variety of problems health-wise.

Wheat is one of  the top-eight allergens
Millions of people are allergic to wheat- so many, in fact that it has made it into the top-eight allergen list. Keep in mind that an allergy to wheat is different from celiac disease or other forms of gluten sensitivity. Allergic reactions to wheat can include gastrointestinal distress (stomach upset), eczema, hay fever, hives, asthma, and even anaphylaxis (a severe, whole-body allergic reaction), which is life threatening. Other than the anaphylaxis, these symptoms sound a lot like gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, don't they? That's why sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. That's why sometimes people get allergy testing and find out they're not allergic to wheat- so they're told to go back to a normal diet of pizza, bread and bagels. Not necessarily good advise, because they could actually have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. So it's important to be properly tested.

Over all Wheat can mess up your blood sugar levels. Our bodies are designed to work with stable blood sugar levels. When they're up, then down, and all around, it causes a domino effect of not-so-healthy things to occur. Wheat can make you fat. I'm not talking about the kind of "make you fat" that you deserve if you sit around eating donuts all day. I'm talking about the kind that sneaks up on you when you think you're doing everything right, but those getting-tighter-every-day jeans say otherwise.

Many people have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease and don't know it:

People complain that they are allergic to dairy because the cheese on their pizza makes them bloat. The reason is most people have heard of lactose intolerance and not gluten intolerance. so of course dairy is the culprit...NOT!!

Truth is, most people have no idea that they have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, so they usually start pointing to all the wrong culprits: cheese (dairy), tomato sauce (acids), or soy. But they're blaming the wrong foods. These people have no idea that the typical American diet comprised of bagels, pasta, pizza, cakes, cookies, and pretzels could be wreaking havoc on nearly system in their bodies, so they continue to eat them and wonder why they don't feel good. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but estimates are that it may be as high as 50 percent, or even 70 percent, of the population. These are astronomical numbers and it is time to take a stand in your health. Start living the gluten-free lifestyle.

Time for our recipe of the day.

Spice-Roasted spring Chicken

1/3 cup oil (grape seed preferably)
2 lemons, juiced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic,crushed
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 2-pound spring chicken
salt to taste
1/2 tablespoon fresh crushed black pepper

Spice mix
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin (or 2/3 tablespoon powdered)
1 tablespoon coriander seeds (or 2/3 tablespoons powdered)
1 teaspoon red chili powder/ cayenne pepper (add more if you like it hot!)

Preparation:

Lightly toast cumin and coriander seeds in skillet. Using a coffee grinder, mill the toasted spices. Mix the ground spices with cayenne, and keep aside.

Whisk the oil, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and cilantro in a bowl. Add the prepared spice mix and blend well.

Score the chicken breast and thighs with a sharp knife. Rub the marinade all over the chicken, working well into the slits to ensure that the meat absorbs the flavors. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black peppercorns. Let the chicken rest for at least 45 minutes- 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken on a baking tray and roast for 40-45 minutes. Baste frequently with the remaining marinade. Add a squeeze of lemon and chopped cilantro before serving.

Enjoy and we'll see you tomorrow on life around the allergies

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