Have you ever heard about the “microbiome?” It kind of sounds like a creature from another planet. Instead, it is a collection of “creatures” existing within each of us. Although I am no means an expert on this topic, in this short blog I’ll highlight some tidbits on this evolving research.
Within our body, and especially on our skin, in our nose, and in particular within our gut, we have around 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and viruses, collectively called our “microbiome.” We have 10 times more of these microbial cells living in our body than our own cells. And, believe
it or not, without these microbial cells, we wouldn’t survive. Estimates vary, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of both protective and pathogenic microorganisms within our body.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself when it encounters a perceived ‘threat’. In the case of celiac disease, this threat is gluten. Every time someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system becomes hyperactive. This results in damage to the small intestine (where gluten is digested) and inflammation. This inflammation can affect many parts of the body, not just the digestive tract.
So, what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat, rye, barley and their derivatives. Gluten is also commonly used as a filler in condiments, deli meats, and even cosmetics.
Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance
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I don’t know about you, but cold and flu season always stresses me out. I have never had the dreaded flu (knock on wood) and really do not want to see what it’s like! I do work in a hospital, surrounded by patient’s with the flu, so I got to thinking about ways to strengthen my immune system naturally. Eating a variety of nutritious foods with distinct vitamins and minerals is the key to staying energized with proper nutrition and, as an added bonus, will definitely benefit your immune system! Of course, no food will magically fend off the flu, but certain nutrients will lead us in the right direction of enhancing our immune system. Aiming to get our daily intake of immune-boosting nutrients from a variety of foods, especially those that are in season, is a great game plan to follow. Liste...