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Super-Sensitive Celiacs

Recent research has shown there’s a sizable group of people with celiac disease who have persistent intestinal damage despite following a gluten-free diet. Roughly 20 percent of kids and 30 to 40 percent of adults have ongoing intestinal damage, whether or not they report symptoms. Of these, just 1 percent have true refractory celiac disease, a serious condition marked by immune cells that are always turned on, regardless of gluten exposure. The rest are so-called non-responders. Many of these are probably unknowingly exposed to gluten cross-contamination on a regular basis. Others, like Perry, may be extremely sensitive to trace gluten.

Gluten and POTS

Recent research suggests that POTS is autoimmune in nature. And according to a study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology in December 2016, there’s a potential association with POTS and celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. In the study, UK researchers found that people with POTS had a higher rate of celiac disease and self-reported gluten sensitivity. Four percent of study participants with POTS had celiac disease, compared to 1 percent of the general population.

Research Roundup: June/July 2017

Gluten-removed beer may not be safe for people with celiac disease, according to a recent study conducted by the Gluten Intolerance Group at The University of Chicago’s Celiac Research Center. Researchers used blood samples from people with celiac disease to determine whether or not proteins in gluten-free beer and in gluten-removed beer would be recognized by antibodies present in their blood. No blood samples reacted to the gluten-free beer. However, a percentage of blood samples did react to the gluten-removed beer.

Moves for Sedentary People

Your three gluteal muscles (the powerful group that form the buttocks—gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus and gluteus medius) and your hip flexors attach to your pelvis and keep it in a neutral position. A tendency to be sedentary in the workplace prevents the gluteal muscles from working properly. When one or more of these muscles is weakened, there is greater difficulty maintaining an upright position.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Low-grade inflammation is linked to many chronic conditions, including autoimmune diseases and asthma. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help keep you in optimum health, says Andrew Weil, MD, a Harvard-trained holistic health expert and well-known integrative medicine physician.

Fit Fitness Into Your Day!

These exercises are manageable ways to fit fitness into your day. Don’t get hung up on the number of repetitions or sets completed. Just aim for consistency and perform some exercise every day.

Gluten-Free & Gassy

Here are the seven most common reasons for residual bloating and gas. Keep in mind that you can have more than one of these simultaneously.

A Good Night’s Sleep

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 35 percent of adults aren’t getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep is associated with the development of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.

Heart Health

Five years ago, Randy Humphries got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and quickly realized he couldn’t walk. His left side was weak and his face numb. His wife rushed him to the hospital where doctors began emergency treatment for stroke. Not long after the stroke, however, his doctors discovered he was anemic. Further tests revealed he had celiac disease and then, to Humphries’ surprise, his gastroenterologist hinted at a possible connection between celiac disease and stroke.

Got GERD?

Before she was diagnosed with celiac disease, Erica Dermer, managing editor of Gluten Free & More, suffered from frequent heartburn, gastric reflux and nausea. To tame the caustic heartburn and reflux, she was prescribed powerful proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) but her symptoms didn’t fully resolve. At 25, she was concerned about taking GERD medication long-term, particularly with so little improvement to show for it. Pushing for answers, she finally discovered she had celiac disease and gastroparesis (sluggish digestion).

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