May is Celiac Awareness Month

Does Gluten Just Bother Those With Celiac? No Way!

Did you know that you can be intolerant or sensitive to gluten too? It’s not just a problem for those with celiac.

“I’m fine with gluten”. You think so? Let’s have a little Q&A session.

Q) First, do you know what gluten is?
A) Gluten is a protein found in wheat, wheatberries, durum, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat, einkorn, rye, and barley just to name a few.

Q) What does gluten do to food?
A) It’s like glue holding the dough together and giving it that elastic like feel and movement when you stretch the dough and it bounces back. Gluten holds bread and baked goods together.

Gluten is also found in pre-packed food and mixes, and even medications. You may not know it’s an ingredient unless you read labels.

Q) What does gluten do to the body? Great question!
A) Because humans can’t properly break down and digest gluten you may find yourself with a not so up to par immune system. Why? Because gluten causes an immune response to the body.

Q) What is an immune response and why should I care?
A) Well, an immune response happens when gluten enters the intestines and triggers an inflammatory response. The body thinks there is an invader but it’s actually itself the immune system begins to attack.

Q) Does this happen to everybody?
A) Pretty much! Why? Because 70% of your immune system resides in your gut.

Q) Is inflammation bad?
A) Inflammation is the body’s way of sending out a 911 for help. For example; you get a cut, you break a bone, your joints are inflamed because of arthritis. Do you feel well? No. Your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong and unless you help to heal the problem, you won’t ever feel well.

Q) What auto-immune disease can gluten cause to make a symptom worse?
A) According to Amy Meyers MD, If you have Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other autoimmune disease you should not be eating gluten. “The bottom line is that if you have an autoimmune disease, or any inflammatory condition, you shouldn’t be eating gluten, period..”

According to Dr Meyers: “When your immune system is continuously creating inflammation in response to the gluten you’re eating, your leaky gut, and the microbes and toxins flooding your bloodstream, you develop chronic inflammation. Your immune system is now stressed and is less able to attack pathogens and invaders with precision. Instead, it begins indiscriminately sending wave after wave of attack in a desperate attempt to fight off the invaders. Eventually, your body’s own tissues end up on the receiving end of the attack, and you end up with an autoimmune disease.

Q) What are some of the potential emotional and physical signs of gluten intolerance or sensitivity?
A) The list is long but here are the top 10:
Anxiety & Depression
Adrenal Fatigue
Autoimmune Disease
Brain Fog
Hormone Imbalances (worse during menopause)
Weight Loss or Weight Gain
Skin rashes
Aches & Pains in Joints & Muscles
Chronic Fatigue

Q) Are all gluten-free products created equal?
A) No way! There is a list of other ingredients that cause havoc on the intestines and immune system just as much as gluten. That’s why we vet all of our companies and ask questions about root ingredients. We want you to walk into our store to be able to shop with trust and confidence. You can buy C.R.A.P. (Commercially Reproduced Artificial Products) everywhere except here!

Q) What are some examples of ingredients to avoid when shopping for clean gluten free products?
A) We are so glad you asked! We have compiled a list to avoid because these ingredients have the potential to either aggravate symptoms or are genetically modified which come with an entire host of other potential unhealthy consequences.

The three most geneticaly engineered crops are corn, soy, and canola. Check your ingredient list, they are in eveything. Why? Farmers are paid by the government to grow these crops. Cheap ingredients make for HUGE profits!

Corn, soy and canola and their by-products are found in so many gluten free baked goods and other pre-packaged foods. Here are some of the ingredients to look for: xanthan gum (found in almost every gluten free baked product), sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, baking powder, sugar, powdered sugar, vitamin E, vitamin C, distilled white vinegar, American wine, whiskey, gin, beer & ale, corn meal, corn starch, dextrose, maltodextrin, vegetable oil, molasses, honey, and those not so innocent “natural flavors”. The list is huge!

Q) Where can you find clean gluten free products?
A) Act Natural Health & Wellness of course!

Q) What are some of the clean gluten free companies & products you can find at Act Natural Health & Wellness?
A) DeLand Bakery – bread, bagels, muffins and cake, Base Culture bread & brownies, Not Your Sugar Mama’s gluten free cookies, Aurura Foods gluten free & vegan granola, Beanfield’s bean chips, Simple Mills baking mixes, crackers & cookies, Jovial gluten free brown rice pasta, Mountain High Organics gluten free quiona/brown rice pasta, Tinkyada brown rice pasta, Teeccino herbal coffee replacer (yummy).

Q) Does Act Natural Health & Wellness offer any store made gluten free foods & treats?
A) Yes, we do! All of our smoothies, kombucha, coffees and herbal teas are gluten free. The flavor syrups we use are gluten free and vegan too. Our coconut cream fruit parfaits, lavender and hibiscus lemonade along with our signature salad dressing are all gluten, corn, soy, and canola free!

Q) That’s great for the tastebuds but how about the skin?
A) No problem! All of our bodycare is gluten free and you will find most is vegan too such as Ultra Aesthetics, Jason, and A La Maison.

Q) What about gluten free CBD products?
A) We’ve got em!

Q) Where is Act Natural Health & Wellness located?
A) Downtown Torrington, CT at 24 Water Street.

We won’t offer you something we won’t eat or put on our skin! If it’s not PPA (Pam Pinto Approved) we won’t carry it!

Act Natural Health & Wellness, LLC​ carries the cleanest gluten free food, bodycare, supplements, and vitamins we can find.

We vet all of the companies we bring into the store.

Go clean not “dirty” gluten free. Your body and the environment will be glad you did!

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