Gluten is quickly becoming one of the biggest contributors to poor health. As many of you
know, gastrointestinal health is one of my favorite areas of specialization. I see a wide
variety of individuals with digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, chronic diarrhea or constipation, nausea, abdominal pain,
and reflux just to name a few. In many cases, one of the first steps we must take is to
detect and eliminate foods and external factors which may be adversely affecting your
digestive system.  Food allergy testing and careful tracking of what you are eating has
been incredibly effective at isolating foods which your body can not longer effectively
digest or which are causing allergic reactions.

One of the biggest allergens that I see on a daily basis is gluten. Gluten allergies and
sensitivities are everywhere and becoming a bigger and bigger issue. Think about it, five
years ago, you couldn't find gluten-free food anywhere other than a health food store. But
now, you can walk in the practically any grocery store and find gluten-free food. Even
restaurants now have gluten-free menus. Why is this? Sensitivities and allergies to gluten
are exponentially on the rise. More and more people every day are finding that their
bodies can no longer digest gluten and as a result are now experiencing a wide variety of
health disorders.

Why are gluten sensitivities and allergies increasing? Sensitivities and allergies to gluten
are exponentially increasing because gluten is everywhere. It is in so many different
products and foods. Our bodies are practically in the process of digesting gluten 24 hours
a day seven days a week. This sticky elastic protein is most often found in grains such as
barley, wheat, rye, semolina, and even oats has saturated our supermarkets and
restaurants. Gluten is in bread, buns, cakes, cookies, and sauces.  Gluten is practically
everywhere and our bodies are simply becoming incapable of digesting this already
difficult to digest protein.

Gluten can be the direct cause of a wide variety of health disorders such as gas, bloating,
constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, IBS, fibromyalgia, hives and skin disorders,
headaches, fatigue, weakened immune system, and pain and inflammation just to name a
few. Honestly, the list goes on and on.

Decreasing gluten from your diet is a great first step in protecting your health. Read food
labels and avoiding processed foods which contain hidden gluten. Decrease the bread
and bagels and baked goods were gluten is commonly found. Buy gluten-free food which
is now readily available at most stores. Substitute gluten for safer starches and flours
such as flax, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, and nut flours.  For more information,
check out
Gluten Free Works.

Want find out if you have gluten allergies? The Center: Natural Health Specialists offers
food allergy testing and methods of tracking your diet and symptoms which has been
incredibly effective at detecting foods which are adversely affecting you. Detecting the
foods which are beating you up is only half of the battle. My goal with clients is to also
heal your system so that you can overcome these food allergies and returned to a more
"normal" and less restricted diet. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other supplements
can be very effective at strengthening your system, eliminating these allergies, so we can
then safely reintroduce these foods back into your diet helping you can get back to living
your life without the pain and problems you were once having.

For more information give me a call.  Gluten intolerances and food allergies are a huge,
complex and very important topic that is becoming a national epidemic.  I have spent
years studying and refining my methods and protocols for helping individual with gluten
and food allergies.  I would be happy to discuss your specific concerns and questions and
more detail.
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Article by Quinn Akira Takei, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of
Oriental Medicine(NM) with The Center: Natural Health Specialists.