Real world stories about Gluten!

Hello, I'm a mom of a diagnosed celiac disease daughter.

She is currently 8, but was diagnosed shortly before her 6th birthday. She cried everyday before diagnosis. She always had stomach pain and body aches.

Since her diagnosis we have seen so much improvement. Stomach aches are rare rather then daily.

I do everything I can to make sure she eats safely. Just this year I pulled her from school because her teacher last year didn't bother to take her CD seriously.

It's an expensive lifestyle, but we've adapted and it's our normal now. We don't eat out often and that's not a bad thing, but sometimes can be an inconvenient thing. Everything costs more when you're gluten free so I try to look at it as a glass half full situation and that we're saving money.

I worry a lot about when she gets older and wants to do normal kid stuff and won't be able to because of her cd and I can only hope she handles it well. The gluten free group on Facebook has been a huge help to me as I believe I have been a help to others.

When I'm in a store and wonder if what I want to get is safe (and it's not clearly stated on the item) I snap a pic and ask the gluten free group and almost always get a response quickly of someone who has tried and gives it the "ok!"

We are a family of 4 with only my daughter needing to be gf. We mostly eat gf, but we are not a100% gf household. It can be done. I plan to pass on my knowledge of being gf to my daughter (she knows a lot already) as well as having her join the gluten free Facebook group when she's old enough. I hope our story helps you somehow.

Sincerely, Julie B.

Tenille was diagnosed with Celiac over 10 years ago.

She found out in a very tragic way. Her father had died with cancer and they found out it had been caused by un-diagnosed Celiac disease.

Once she knew this, she was tested for Celiac and found out she was positive for the disease. Her siblings were told they needed to be tested as well and her sister and brother were both diagnosed with Celiac.

She has lived a Gluten Free life since then and it has changed her life in a very positive way.

If she accidentally encounters even a crumb of gluten she will be sick for days. She has helped others who have had to transition to a GF lifestyle and is a strong advocate for ensuring companies understand how important it is to include the information about gluten on their ingredient list.

She has been a member of our Gluten Free group for a number of years and has learned and shared important information and offered support to others.

Gluten Free and how it changed my life.

I was diagnoised with underactive thyroid over 30 years ago and was taking Syntroid in different doses as per my doctor's instructions.

Sometimes it helped but sometimes it did not.

About 10 years ago I started to research what could be done naturally to help thyroid function. I found a site online that belonged to a doctor in the USA who treated people for auto immune issues. He had a questionnaire on his site that allowed you to ask one question that you wanted an answer to.

I contacted him via email and asked him what was the number one thing I could do to help with my thyroid issues. He responded and told me to go on a Gluten Free diet.

I had just been introduced to the Gluten Free way of eating by a close friend who had been diagnosed with Celiac. With her help and lots of research online I decided to try it and I have been Gluten Free since then.

It has had a positive impact on my health in many ways. My thyroid functions have improved but I still take a low dose of Eltroxin. Living a Gluten-Free lifestyle has helped with other issues including bloat, brain fog, headaches, and joint pain.

It can be challenging especially in the beginning.

The Benefits of Flexibility Exercise and Training

Flexibility exercise and training allows the body the activity it needs in order to achieve a wider range of motion.

The joints as well as the muscles surrounding them can deteriorate or can only enjoy limited range of movement over time if seldom used. With exercise and regular training, the joints can become more flexible and the muscles build up to help support each movement. Besides increasing the joint's ability to move, flexibility exercises also help provide balance to various muscle groups during periods of exercise and physical activity. This can be effectively improved through regular flexibility training and stretching exercises. This can help provide various benefits:

Flexibility training helps improve physical performance. 

If done regularly, it can help improve a person's physical performance by improving the range of movement. By putting the joints into regular physical activity, they can be made to move better than before. It is common for unused muscle groups to become stuck up when not being used for long periods. This can further limit one's range of movement. Stretching and flexibility exercises can help the muscles perform a certain amount of activity to help them develop more flexibility. Flexibility exercises can help increase the range of motion.

Regular flexibility exercises can also help reduce muscle strain and soreness that muscles go through when they are suddenly being put into considerable physical activity.

Muscles can react better to strenuous physical activity and then can adapt to it if done on a regular basis. A good way of helping the muscles adapt to strenuous activity is through stretching. Stretching exercises helps the muscles go through a slow and controlled, but increasing range of motion. This process allows the muscles to gradually adapt to strenuous physical activity. It helps lessen the risk of developing strain and soreness in the muscles used.

Flexibility exercises can also help improve blood circulation. 

Regular stretching exercises not only help improve the body's muscle tone. They can also help increase the blood that is circulating through them. With an improved blood circulation in the muscles, there are several things that happen. First, the improved blood circulation helps the nutrients to be transported in the tissues more efficiently and nourish the muscles. Another thing that happens is that more oxygen gets into the muscles to fuel them through physical exertion.

Regular flexibility and stretching exercises and training can also help increase the production of synovial fluid in the joints.

This fluid that is found in the joints acts as the joints lubricating fluid that lessens the friction between the joint's moving parts. Aside from that, the synovial fluid also helps transport the nutrients into the joint tissues.

Flexibility exercise and training is one of the most overlooked forms of fitness program. Some people often neglect getting into stretching exercises as a form of their fitness regimen. The ultimate result is usually muscle strain and injury. Without stretching exercises, it can easy for muscles to become strained. That is why it is important for such exercises to be included into any fitness and wellness program.

7 Tips for Avoiding Peanut Allergy Reactions!

A peanut is a legume and not a tree nut, that is, peanut belongs to the family of soybeans, lentils, and peas. Peanuts are one of the most common allergens (allergy-causing foods) in the world today. They’re associated with some extremely serious and at times, fatal allergic reactions (such as anaphylaxis, a sudden and life-threatening condition) and schools are actively banning peanuts and peanut products from being used on school grounds. There are other ways a peanut can cause serious damage to your body. For example, if you inhale one and it blocks your airway and causes atelectasis; a condition which affects your lungs in a way that the alveoli (air sacs in lungs) stop filling up with air.

Symptoms of allergic reactions to peanuts include:

* nausea, vomiting, belly cramps, or diarrhea

* redness, swelling, itching, or tingly sensation in the skin or mouth, around the mouth, or in and around the throat

* itchy skin or hives in the shape of small spots or large welts

*runny or congested nose, watery and itchy eyes

* impaired breathing, or body going into shock, light-headed, passing out

If you feel like you have a peanut allergy please seek medical attention and advice immediately. If you are looking to avoid peanut allergy reactions, keep reading on to find listed seven ways to for avoiding peanut allergy reactions.

  1. Read the label before buying stuff:

Because of the number of people with nut allergies, most brands mention on their packaging if the product has any traces of nuts so if you are buying something off the shelf, read the label. Even if you have bought or consumed it before, check the label again in case the ingredients changed.

  1. Be vocal about it if you or your child has the allergy:

Tell teachers, friends, family, your servers at a restaurant, anyone who may handle the food you or your child eats. Chances are they’ll understand how terrible peanut allergies can be and be careful. Mention how severe it is and suggest alternatives or ask them to avoid all nutty foods.

  1. Cook your own food:

This way you can make sure no traces of unwanted allergens are in your food. Pack your own lunches and don’t buy stuff from marts when you’re going out to school, college, office, picnics, etc. Bring home-made food and snacks for you and your children to avoid any mishap and keep your epinephrine on you at all times.

  1. Prevent cross-contamination when handling allergens and non-allergens:

Be extra careful if you use both allergens and non-allergens at home so that you don’t contaminate one with other. For example, don’t use the same knife used to apply peanut butter on bread in a jam without washing it first. Keep nuts away from jars you use to store non-allergens for your allergic kid.

  1. Practice proper hygiene:

Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water, your utensils with dishwashing soap and water, and clean your countertops, etc. thoroughly to prevent cross-contact and to avoid contaminating your food supply.

  1. Don’t forget your guests and other people you cook for or serve to:

If you are worried someone in your family or friends circle or someone who is coming over as a guest has the allergy, do not use peanuts at all—because you better be safe than sorry. You might want to ask them about any allergies- not just peanut allergy- they might have so you can avoid using that ingredient and use alternatives instead.

  1. Consider using alternatives for peanut-based recipes or protein intake requirements:

Some alternatives to peanuts (especially in recipes) can be:

-Seeds: Pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds can easily work as a great replacement for peanuts in granola bars, bread, nut butter, etc. Have to give up on peanut butter? Now you can find sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butters, flax seed butter, and hemp seed butter.

-Beans: Roasted soybeans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), or peas, etc. are a nice replacement for nuts in salads. Roast them in the oven for a light and protein-filled snack!

-The super-food known by the name of Tiger nuts is your solution if you are allergic to all or most nuts as tiger nuts are not actually nuts but are small tubers which grow in the ground. They have all the nutritional benefits of nuts and none of the allergies.

Author Bio:
This guest post  for Tiger Nuts was written by Hassan Khan Yousafzai, he is passionate about Digital marketing. Along with educational background in Software Engineering he is bridging gap between marketing and development department. At Techvando, he has been consulting brands all over Pakistan to gain online traffic and profitable leads.


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