Clear the Mystery over Gluten Misery

Lingering, troubling health problems often stem from gluten. Gluten reactions can include digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea; peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling in the extremities); mental and emotional imbalances; or autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and psoriasis. But your misery doesn’t have to remain a mystery: If a gluten-free diet improves your health or a lab test is positive, you can declare gluten the source of your difficulties. Continue reading

Improved Digestion Means Improved Mood, Immunity and More

Your body’s many systems all work together to create a peaceful flow, so when one system goes off balance it can trigger a domino effect, creating a cascade of health problems that follow. One system particularly responsible for optimal well-being is your digestive system — a strong, yet delicate ecosystem that relies on the presence of good bacteria and specialized immune cells to control the presence of bad bacteria or other harmful invaders. In fact, your digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa, since 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your digestive system. Continue reading

How to Use the Glycemic Index to Your Advantage

Two health conditions that go hand-in-hand are type 2 diabetes and obesity. On both fronts, the glycemic index (GI) comes into play. Let’s look at how you can use GI ratings for foods to your benefit in these areas. Continue reading