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Gluten & weight loss

I love helping clients lose weight. I get that it’s difficult, it can cost money to lose weight, but it can sure cost in health dollars to stay overweight. If I could get you to do one thing to start your weight loss journey – it would be cut out the gluten. Gluten intolerance and over-consumption of gluten is a common cause of weight issues.

 

I’m not saying everyone has Celiac Disease (CD), which is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with nutritional absorption, and it can result in unexplained weight gain. These people cannot tolerate gluten, period.

 

Gluten is a binding protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Most commonly, gluten is found in food products, but Gluten may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and cosmetic products. It’s best to avoid gluten altogether if you have sensitivity of any sort, but fortunately, there are digestive enzymes devoted to helping people digest gluten and therefore, suffer fewer consequences from ingestion. 

 

What I have seen in 28 years of practice is that many people are sensitive to Gluten. This sensitivity to gluten can vary from subclinical-mild in severity to overwhelming-devastating. In its’ severest form, it is known as Celiac Sprue, Celiac Disease (CD), non-tropical Sprue, and less commonly as Gee-Herter Disease, Gee-Thaysen Disease or Heubner-Herter Disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Misdiagnosed as ‘irritable bowel disease,’ CD is a life-long complaint.  Here’s what you might notice if gluten is a problem for you…diarrhea, cramping, bloating, precipitated by pizza, spaghetti, bread, or  difficulty losing weight. Some patients present with skin rash,  red shin, eczema-like symptoms.

 

Other Signs and Symptoms Include:  

unexplained iron-deficiency anemia

fatigue, depression, anhedonia, anxiety

arthritic bone or joint pain

bone loss, osteopenia, or osteoporosis

tingling numbness in the extremities

seizures, depression, bipolar disorder

dysmenorrhea

canker sores in the mouth

dermatitis Herpetiformis

 

The most common complaints are dyspepsia, bloating and abdominal uneasiness.

 

I like to see clients try to eliminate gluten fron there diet for at least a 3 week period.

 

 

 

To find out if you really have a gluten problem, you can get blood tested – serum anti-body tests for IgG, IgA, IgE and tTG IgA and tTG IgE are useful (but the derived information is sometimes confusing). The blood needs to be drawn early in the morning.

 Treatment

Avoid Gluten in the diet for 3 weeks.  This means avoidance of most processed foods, and nearly all grains.

Gluten is widely used as a binder in medicines, supplements and in many cosmetic products.

It takes a good bit of research to identify sources of Gluten in the ingestible environment, and it takes but a single slip to cause a patient to go into a gastrointestinal crisis.

1. CLA- Conjugated Linoleic Acid.  When taken 1,000 mg two or three times daily, CLA will act as a topical anti-inflammatory for the GI tract.  Taking a week or two, symptomatic relief can be dramatic

2. Ultra-InflamX 360 – This medical food shake is useful to settle an inflamed GI tract.  Take 2 scoops  in water, juice or almond or rice milk once or twice daily; the bloating symptoms often abate within a week.  It should be taken for several weeks, consistently, then periodically as symptoms dictate.

3. LactoFlamX –  One or two capsules taken daily helps support healthy intestinal mucosal barrier integrity and function. 

These supplements are an inexpensive way to control the difficult weight loss problem.

Other general supplementation should include:

Mineral chelate (organic mineral salts)

Essential Fatty Acids & Oils

Amino Acid/protein supplementation

Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E

Vitamin D-3 (dosage dictated by age and condition)

 

These supplements are sold on my website  by linking to Metagenics.

I know Metagenics costs a little more but it’s important to consider the quality of your supplements, as well as the foods you eat.  

 

 

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The Power of Alpha Lipoic Acid

Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from the damage done by rogue molecules called “free radicals.” When damage occurs to the cells, it can cause diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a natural antioxidant that protects against disease and promotes good health. It can protect your liver, boost your brain power, and help you balance your blood sugars.

Antioxidants work on a cellular level to reverse the damage. Some antioxidants are water soluble (such as vitamin C)… others are fat soluble (such as vitamin E).  ALA  is soluble in both water and fat and can go anywhere, including intracellular and extracellular environments alike. ALA helps vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 do there job even better.

ALA is essential for regions of the body that are highly susceptible to oxidative damage, including our brains. Studies show that when rats were fed an ALA supplemented diet they demonstrated anti-aging responses. The benefits were seen in just two weeks.

ALA is being used as a main ingredient in skin care formulas, because it can repair the oxidative damage of the sun.  ALA protects collagen in the skin from cross-linking. This prevents wrinkling and the effects of aging on the body.

I recommend  300 to 1200 mg daily.

XYMOGEN makes a controlled-release ALA called ALAmax CR. Order by calling 1-800-647-6100

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Insufficient ALA Could Be Linked to Obesity

A new study, published in the Journal of Lipid Research, describes an increase in fat mass of mice over several generations when fed an “unbalanced western diet.” The authors suggest a deficiency in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) coupled with a chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega-6) could lead to “inherited obesity.”

In addition to weight gain,  insulin resistance and the expression of the inflammatory genes may be involved.

“Collectively, our data show that continuous exposure to a high-fat diet combined with a high LA:LNA (omega-6:omega-3) ratio over generations triggers a discrete and steady increase in inflammatory stimuli, accompanied by enhancement of fat mass,” the researchers wrote.

How many times have you heard me say take your fish oils?  Low amounts of omega 3’s  may have serious long-term effects on health.

During the last 40 years we had seen an increase of over 250% in levels of omega-6 intake and a fall in levels of omega-3 of 40%. This change in diet has coincided with a steady rise in obesity levels through the generations.

We may be out of balance between the good omega 3’s to the not as good omega 6’s by as much as 40-to-1 in the United States.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot make and therefore must be consumed in the diet. Good sources of ALA include: flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts and olive oil. 

I recommend ALAMax CR by XYMOGEN  (order by calling 1-800-647-6100 use PIN # TUC500.) I also recommend OmegaPure 780 fish oils by XYMOGEN

An unbalanced diet can lead to changes in the expression of genes that control growth and immune factions.

Journal of Lipid Research 51(8):2352-2361, 2010

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