Contaminated

How many times did we eat supposedly gluten free  products but still ended up with the symptoms of digestive problems and all the nice symptoms that comes with ingesting gluten contaminated products.

In the beginning, I have struggled with choosing the right brands of products ,eating out was a mission and having some drinks with coworkers on a Friday night was another mission 🙂 There are also some products on the market labeled GF by the company of produce and still contaminated with gluten because of poor handling of products within the company.

It took me some time to find everything that I need but now I am set on what to buy on the market ,where to eat and still stay clear of gluten. Let me tell you it took many nights of searching  the web,reading books,articles and of course some trial and error.I also found these pills during my search and they helped me during the times I was struggling. It is called Gluten Ease whenever I realized the food I had was contaminated with gluten even though it was supposed to be GF, these pills really helped me.  ENZ-26200-5

 

Inflammation

Today I want to write about gluten consumption and inflammation.

What is inflammation? Physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful.  Gluten can be the reason our immune system to  attack the muscle and joints leading to chronic pain and inflammation. If we don’t follow our gluten free diet inflammation is the outcome .With this in mind our body will produce Cortisol as an anti-inflammatory  hormone as a defense mechanism and this will cause our bellies to get fat.We all want to feel good ,move freely,be fit and inflammation will give us joint pain ,muscle aches and a nice big belly 🙂

I remember those days I had pains,aches and weight gain.I just wanted to be healthy move freely with no part of my body stopping me from being myself.I started to take Zyflamend from New Chapter and let me tell you ,this really helps to get rid of inflammation.

I just want to remind everybody to keep your diet clean and strictly GF,unfortunately there is no magic pill that can stop your symptoms.

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Vitamin D

Do we have enough vitamin D in our system? Well in my case I didn’t know I had vitamin d deficiency until a few years ago, when I was struggling with gluten allergy issues I went for a blood test and there it was.The underlying issue with gluten allergy and digestion is not only about  having problems digesting the food we eat but also getting the vitamins and nutrients from the food we consume.  If we don’t get good amount of sunlight, if you work in an office all day lets face it we don’t get enough.So what do we need to do, answer is simple more sunlight and of course supplements.

Some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are weakened immune system, tiredness, general aches and pains, weakness, weight gain,anxiety,you may also have frequent infections. If you think you may have vitamin D deficiency talk to your physician and have a blood test to check your vitamin D levels.My recommendation on which supplement to take is Solgar  or if you want you can just stop by any pharmacy and pick up the Sundown Naturals brand. I take 1000 IU  once a day in the morning.

 

 

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Vitamins

Vitamins do we really need them,yes we do. Why do we need them? Well, many of us living busy lives always on the run, racing against time to complete the tasks of the day.

Most of us don’t have the time to have a healthy snack or even a meal during our busy days.Especially if we are in the beginning stages of healing our bodies from the fight they went through when we were consuming the food products (gluten) without our knowledge that they were actually harmful to us. I have tried many different brands and as I stated in my previous post Garden of Life is one of the best brands on the market.My other favorite brand is Now Foods Products but I will write about their products another day.

I take two before I leave my house in the morning and I take another two pills before dinner at night.I don’t recommend once a day vitamins of any brand because we need vitamins in our system to work all day and our bodies cant even absorb the whole amount of ingredients of the pill at once, so separating the dosage during the day help us to use most of the good stuff 🙂  instead of taking one pill a day which is not going to give us what we really need. Garden of Life Vitamins are available online on many different websites and I usually purchase them at the Vitamin Shoppe online store they are really fast on shipping their products.

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Supplements

First supplement that was very helpful for me Probiotics. There are many different brands but from my trials ,I came to the conclusion that  Garden of Life is the best one.

I suggest starting a low dose and once a day .You can also get your probiotic needs met through consuming probiotic-rich foods like; Yogurt,Kefir,Sauerkraut,Kimchi,Kombucha are some good examples.

Probiotics are important  bacteria that line our digestive tract and support our body’s ability to fight infections,boosting our immune system,improve our digestive system and really big help to lose weight.

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Eating

Today I want to give some information about the food choices.Since I was really having a hard time to figure out which food I can consume or not.At first I started experimenting with different variety of vegetables  and all of them agreed with me,what a relief.

The next step was to start introducing different kinds of protein, we need protein right! At first I had a problem digesting red meat so I tried fish and chicken(lentils are also a great source of protein) they were fine easy to digest. What about carbohydrates,back then no gluten meant not many options,  now we have plenty 🙂 so I mainly had potatoes and rice I wanted to keep my diet simple and clean. The best part was the fruits, I ate lots of them yummy 🙂

It is always good to take your time to introduce different types of food and even better to write down your reactions to that specific food.

After feeling sick and not knowing why, gaining weight feeling emotionally drained now it is time to fix all this. Now we know we need to eat clean and keep it simple, but we also need extra help to feel better and heal faster, that’s when supplements come in.