What is Chronic Inflammation?

Do you ever feel your pants have gotten too tight… just after you get up from eating? Holidays come and go, but weight gain sticks around a while longer.  Why is that?  And how did we get so inflamed as a society? Does this describe you around the holidays? “I tried so hard to be good, but that piece of apple pie (insert favorite) had my name on it!”  This past Thanksgiving, as hard as I tried to be good, I just had to taste the Pecan Pie.  What’s your favorite dessert during the holidays? My homemade pie was loaded with sugar (even though I used mostly brown rice syrup), the crust had wheat (gluten), and don’t forget the whipped cream on top (dairy)….the 3 top contributors to inflammation in our body. I tried to make gluten-free pie crusts, but they weren’t perfect, and didn’t look as pretty as the others.  It’s a work in progress. My daughter suggested Pamela’s bread mix for my next go-around. We all know inflammation on the outside of the body as redness and swelling.  It’s our body’s healing response to injury or infection.  But when inflammation happens on the inside… and becomes a chronic condition, not only can we not see it, but the increasing damage over time leads to illness and disease.  Inflammatory conditions caused by an imbalanced diet can be reversed. One theory around this bloating sensation is a food intolerance. Did you notice how gluten and dairy sensitivities are becoming more mainstream?  The offending items disturb the gut flora in our intestines leading to an imbalance, which either quickly or...

What is Gluten Anyway?

Is this you?  “I’ve been eating wheat all my life and don’t seem to have a problem!” The amount of gluten in the wheat of today has increased significantly from a century ago.  Is science is trying to make the perfect bagel?! You may not sense an obvious problem now, but that’s only because you’ve grown accustomed to your body and how it feels. Sometimes signals of discomfort are dulled, and the intensity of the pain from gluten-causing inflammation is reduced. You can test this by completely avoiding gluten for several weeks and then reintroduce it. You might be surprised by your body’s reaction! What’s in gluten anyway… glue? That’s certainly how it behaves in our body! It sticks to the inside of our gut, flattening out parts of our body that need to MOVE! Unfortunately, many years ago our country began to hybridize wheat to have more of this protein so that they would be “stickier” and hold our recipes together better.  Now that wheat grains have more “sticky stuff” (gluten) then why are so many more people having sensitivities to it? It was in our wheat all along… just in much lesser quantities! This “new” wheat flour, with its drastically increased amount of gluten, creates a mass of glued-together food in our stomachs and adheres to the intestinal lining as it passes through our digestive tract.  This in turn creates health issues for us. Foods that contain gluten also contain substances that inhibit nutrient absorption and damage our intestinal lining. Our overall health is determined by how healthy our gut is. The rise in wheat consumption and...