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Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help A Possible Non-Gluten Sensitive Individual?

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Studies are showing an increase of Celiac Disease diagnosis’s in the United States.  United Kingdom has also noticed a marked increase of cases. A great many of individuals who have not been diagnosed have opted to change their diet to Gluten-free.  Others that show no obvious symptoms or other diseases also opt to go Gluten-free.  Is this a good idea?

Changing to a Gluten-free diet can help with many autoimmune diseases.  The first and most obvious one is Arthritis.  A Gluten-free diet cuts down on the inflammation that is associated with Arthritis.  A Gluten-free diet may cut down on the inflammation and deformity associated with Arthritis.  Because this diet cuts down with the inflammation, it also cuts down with the pain. Diabetes is another disease has a connection with food.  Diabetics should consume  less carbohydrates.  A Gluten-free diet helps with this.  Cardiovascular disease is another disease that is helped with diet change.  As stated above, using a Gluten-free diet helps decrease the amount of inflammation in your body.  This helps limit the risk of Ischemic heart disease.  More studies are analyzing the relationship between a Gluten diet and heart disease.  Healing the wall of the intestinal mucosa is another benefit of a Gluten-free diet.  By consuming only a Gluten-free diet, the lining of the wall is not attacked and is allowed to heal.  This helps, not cures, IBS and other related intestinal diseases.

Many people who are avoiding Gluten are emerging into different groups.  The first group is women and senior citizens.  The other group is athletes including Olympians and other champions.  They are finding the health benefits in their lives with the Gluten-fee diet.  However, studies are not conclusive yet on all the benefits.

Men Need Dark Chocolate Too (Part 2)

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Blood Pressure: Dark Chocolate lowers Blood Pressure.  Dark Chocolate increased nitric oxide in the body.  The favanoids in dark chocolate stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce the nitric oxide.  The nitric oxide then helps the blood vessels to dilate.  This in turn improves blood flow and blood pressure.  The amount of improvement is not great, but every little bit helps.

Cardiovascular Disease: Dark Chocolate lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Because of dark chocolate’s ability to protect against high LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein) levels, this will help to lower the risk of cholesterol that thickens the artery walls and in turn lessen the risk of heart disease.  Several studies have shown vast improvement of the risk of heart disease in elderly men eating dark chocolate over a 15 year period.  Most of these studies resulted with a 50-57% reduction of the cardiovascular risk.

Mood medicine: Dark Chocolate is known as a natural mood medicine.  It has the ability to raise the level of calmness and well being in individuals. Cocoa, found in dark chocolate, boosts brain serotonin (a mood-altering chemical) and it also boosts levels of endorphins(a natural opiate).  Many antidepressant medications work to keep serotonin in the brain longer.  Thank you pharmaceutical companies, I rather  take chocolate instead.  Most women know that they need chocolate at certain times of the month.  What they don’t know is that they need a serotonin boost because the levels of serotonin will decrease during menstruation.  A few years ago I gave up chocolate for Lent.  My husband told me that it was the longest 40 days and 40 nights for him ever.  He also made me pledge to NEVER, NEVER give up chocolate for Lent again.

Sugar in My Peanut Butter (Part 2)

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Once you start walking on the outer edge of the Supermarket, the second step is reading the ingredients of the items you purchase.  If you are gluten intolerant or have any other allergies you probably are already reading the ingredients for food allergies.  Now you need to look at the sugar and salt content.  Some items will shock you with the amount of sugar and salt added.  Another tip: try using other forms of sugar in your cooking such as pure maple syrup, honey, and apple sauce.  Try using a blend that have spices but little or no salt for seasoning.  Example: my favorite for potatoes is Zhug.  It is a spice made from Tianijin Chili, garlic, coriander, cardamom, clove, cilantro, and a dash of salt (cannot always find the spices without a little salt).  Zhug can be found in most spice stores.  Most of all cook with fresh and pure foods.  This type of shopping and cooking will help to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

The Benefits and Rules for Eating Chocolate

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Recent studies are giving Chocolate a good reputation for health benefits.  New research has found that a particular group of flavonoids present in fruit and vegetables (which cocoa is a member of) promotes health and delays the onset of various diseases.  One benefit found was the ability to decrease blood pressure in healthy individuals.  Another benefit was chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity thereby helping to prevent diabetes.  Chocolate apparently can also prevent heart disease.  Research shows that dark chocolate restores the flexibility of arteries while preventing white blood cells from sticking to the artery walls.  Chocolate in another study helped individuals with liver cirrhosis.  Lastly, chocolate is considered a good source of antioxidants.  Before everyone gets excited and eats copious amounts of chocolate one needs to know the rules.

1. The chocolate in all the research is DARK CHOCOLATE.  White chocolate, milk chocolate and chocolate milk will not work.

2 Chocolate should not be consumed at night.  Chocolate will relax the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) above your stomach.  This can lead to Gastric Reflux.  It also may contain caffeine that will keep you awake at night.

3. Do not eat chocolate with dairy products and count that as your calcium intake.  Chocolate will prohibit the absorption of calcium.

Now how do you make these changes to get the benefits but not the problems with chocolate?  Here are a few ideas.  Breakfast- prepare turkey sausage, eggs, and a bowl of berries.  Drink any juice or coffee.  This is a good time to eat your chocolate.  Lunch- make this your dairy/calcium time.  Example: eat cheeses, yogurt, salmon, and nuts.  Eat an orange with your dairy.  Abscorbic acid from citrus  aids in the absorption of calcium.  If you still need a chocolate fix later, do it in the early afternoon.  Dinner- mostly lean meats, vegetables and fruits.  Heavy carbohydrates are bad at night.  If you need a dessert try a fruit based one, or perhaps sliced apple with cheese.  Apples (raw) are the BEST item to have at night, especially to prevent Gastric Reflex.  Just a few organizational changes in your diet can be very beneficial.