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Here's Why Eating Oatmeal Every Morning Is Beneficial For YourHealth VitaNet, LLC Staff 8/26/18
The top 11 foods you should stop eating to avoid inflammation Darrell Miller 5/27/18
To Get Rid Of Inflammation, Avoid These 5 Foods Like The Plague Darrell Miller 5/2/18
8 grains that prove wheat is overrated Darrell Miller 10/1/17
Why you should never go gluten-free unless you have an actual allergy or disease Darrell Miller 7/15/17
Is Gluten-Free Diet Necessary For People Wihtout Celiac Disease? Darrell Miller 5/18/17
Why You Shouldn't Go Gluten-Free Unless It's Absolutely Necessary Darrell Miller 5/5/17
On Health: Do carbs make you fat? Darrell Miller 3/13/17
Gluten-free diets: Where do we stand? Darrell Miller 3/4/17
A Downside of Gluten Free Darrell Miller 2/19/17
Dr. Rao of Diet Doc Warns That Going Gluten-Free Can Inadvertently Result in a Lack of Proper ... Darrell Miller 12/11/16
Why Should I Take Wheat Grass Liquid Concentrate? Darrell Miller 12/10/14
Do Solaray Products Contain Gluten Darrell Miller 1/9/13
New from Now foods Darrell Miller 9/28/09
Passing on the Peptides: The Rise of Gluten-Free Diet And Fiber Darrell Miller 1/2/08
Herbal Iron – Pleasant Tasting Iron and Herb Multivitamin Supplement Darrell Miller 11/7/05
Lose the Gluten - everyone who suffers from food allergies Darrell Miller 6/10/05
Clean Living Darrell Miller 6/10/05



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Here's Why Eating Oatmeal Every Morning Is Beneficial For YourHealth
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Date: August 26, 2018 09:53 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Here's Why Eating Oatmeal Every Morning Is Beneficial For YourHealth





Here's Why Eating Oatmeal Every Morning Is Beneficial For Your Health

Oatmeal can be very beneficial to one's health, so including it in every day meals is ideal. Oats are very nutritious containing lots of carbs and fivers. Oats help to lower blood sugar levels and may help some to lose weight. Because of its high fiber, it helps with constipation as well. Oats are full of magnesium, which is important for enzymes and the production of energy. It also relaxes blood vessels which decrease the chance of stroke or heart attack.

Key Takeaways:

  • Oats have the ability to assist eaters in the areas of weight loss, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and maintaining optimal cardiac health.
  • Oats are a versatile food, that can be consumed in a variety of ways, including as a breakfast cereal, as bars, muffins, cookies and other baked items.
  • Oats are a healthy source of magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and can also prevent heart attacks while elevating energy levels.

"We all know oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins."

Read more: https://doctor.ndtv.com/living-healthy/oatmeal-for-weight-loss-heres-why-eating-oatmeal-every-morning-is-good-for-health-1902053

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The top 11 foods you should stop eating to avoid inflammation
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Date: May 27, 2018 05:16 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The top 11 foods you should stop eating to avoid inflammation





The top 11 foods you should stop eating to avoid inflammation

There are a group of foods that are high in lectin, which means that it reduces the body's ability to naturally absorb the vitamins and nutrients that are in foods. This is an issue due to how the antioxidants and other nutrients having anti-inflammatory properties. Some foods that are considered high-lectin foods are corn, legumes, and nightshades. Foods like these are best to be avoided when trying to stick to a diet that reduces inflammation levels.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vegetable oils are typically made out of the high-lectin varieties, so it is best to avoid them if possible.
  • Wheat germ has over 300 mcg of lectin due to it being a raw form of wheat.
  • Those who eat gluten-free tend to like quinoa, but unfortunately this food is super high in lectin.

"In 2017, American cardiac surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry released his book The Plant Paradox, wherein he explained that some health-promoting foods such as quinoa and squash contain high amounts of gut-irritating, inflammatory lectins."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-05-20-the-top-11-foods-you-should-stop-eating-to-avoid-inflammation.html

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To Get Rid Of Inflammation, Avoid These 5 Foods Like The Plague
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Date: May 02, 2018 09:17 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: To Get Rid Of Inflammation, Avoid These 5 Foods Like The Plague





To Get Rid Of Inflammation, Avoid These 5 Foods Like The Plague

Inflammation in the joints can cause tremendous pain that you certainly do not want to experience. Shockingly, it could be the foods that you are eating that is causing you to experience inflamed joints. What foods are on that list of foods to avoid at all costs? There are several that you should not eat if inflammation is of concern, but the five hee are among the worst that you should ensure yu avoid at all costs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inflammation has been cited as a key component in a large array of medical conditions, besides being a causative factors in accelerated aging.
  • Consuming a diet high in sugar promotes chronic inflammation, as sugar releases PRI-inflammatory cytokines.
  • Grain products, fairy foods and vegetable and seed oils are responsible too for contributing to a state of chronic inflammation,

"You’ve no doubt heard about the growing gluten-free craze that’s sweeping the nation, and you probably have some idea that gluten is bad news for most people."

Read more: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/these-5-foods-direcly-cause-inflammation/

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8 grains that prove wheat is overrated
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Date: October 01, 2017 01:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 8 grains that prove wheat is overrated





Wheat is good for you but it is overrated, since so many other grains are great for you. When you get the grains that your body needs, it makes it easy to be at your best day in and day out and nothing is more important. There's eight grains in particular that are of special interest to anyone that wants to live their life to the fullest and be healthy. The list of grains is here for you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Food producers have been focused on white flour products because that is what the consumer has wanted.
  • Lately the Ancient Grains are making a comeback and people are willing to try using alternatives to white flour.
  • Many Ancient Grains contain gluten, although Buckwheat, Sorghum and Teff are gluten free and once again are in demand.

"Teff has been touted as the new supergrain... it’s gluten-free, easily digestible and has a low glycemic index."

Read more: http://gearsofbiz.com/8-grains-that-prove-wheat-is-overrated/83512

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Why you should never go gluten-free unless you have an actual allergy or disease
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Date: July 15, 2017 09:14 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why you should never go Gluten-Free unless you have an actual allergy or disease





People who go gluten-free may feel better because, to avoid the protein, they end up cutting out desserts and junk foods, thus losing weight. You can eat a healthy diet without gluten, but you have to be very knowledgeable. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity are very similar to those of celiac disease and wheat allergy, often including digestive issues, emotional concerns, and joint and muscle pain. people on a gluten-free diet are more likely to increase their intake of essential nutrients, especially if they replace breads and other flour products with whole foods.

Key Takeaways:

  • The complex carbohydrates provided by wheat and grain are an essential part of your diet that shouldn't be ignored.
  • The benefits from eating gluten can't be substituted in pill form. Problems will persist.
  • "Gluten free" has come to incorrectly be synonymous with "Healthy", which is not true.

"When you're on a gluten-free diet, your body is at high-risk for inflammation, which the doctor says can slow your metabolism down and actually make you gain weight."

Read more: http://www.thisisinsider.com/why-you-should-avoid-a-gluten-free-diet-2017-6

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Is Gluten-Free Diet Necessary For People Wihtout Celiac Disease?
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Date: May 18, 2017 10:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Is Gluten-Free Diet Necessary For People Wihtout Celiac Disease?





An estimated three million Americans suffer from Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. Many people with celiac disease have stopped consuming foods with gluten in them, however many people without the disorder have also taken up gluten-free diets. Cutting out gluten also means cutting out many nutritional whole grain foods. People with and without celiac disease who choose to cut gluten out of their diets need to be aware that they may be missing vital nutrients.

Read more: Is Gluten-Free Diet Necessary For People Wihtout Celiac Disease?

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Why You Shouldn't Go Gluten-Free Unless It's Absolutely Necessary
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Date: May 05, 2017 06:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why You Shouldn't Go Gluten-Free Unless It's Absolutely Necessary





There are people who have to eat a gluten free diet due to health problems. Some can't process gluten in their bodies so eating it makes them sick. They should definitely avoid gluten. Others do so but it's not for medical reasons, it's just something they feel will be better for them. They are wrong about it. Gluten free diets should not be adopted unless you have to. This explains this and why it is.

Read more: Why You Shouldn't Go Gluten-Free Unless It's Absolutely Necessary

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On Health: Do carbs make you fat?
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Date: March 13, 2017 01:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: On Health: Do carbs make you fat?





There is a lot of info out there about dieting and nutrition. People think they know about carbs because a lot of info has been put out there. Some of it is true but some isn't. This gives you the truth about carbs and whether or not you'll get fat if you consume them.

Key Takeaways:

  • With some people advocating for high carbohydrate diets and others swearing by Atkins, you may be confused about the mixed signals surrounding carbohydrates.
  • Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrates does not cause diabetes or obesity. Instead, sedentary lifestyles and genetic factors play roles in these conditions.
  • Read on to learn more about the real truth about carbohydrates.

"With some people advocating for high carb diets while others swear by the Atkins, Gluten-Free, or Paleo diets, you may have been receiving mixed signals about carbohydrates."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.mapleridgenews.com/lifestyles/415812794.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmE1ZjVlMDc0YzcwMWFjZWI6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEwa4TPQ7nhbnIHN-sW6qIAUEVVIw

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Gluten-free diets: Where do we stand?
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Date: March 04, 2017 12:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Gluten-Free diets: Where do we stand?





Gluten free diets have gained a lot of popularity over the years. People have eliminated gluten from their diets, even if their doctors have said not to do so. The gluten free craze is something that has gained a lot of momentum over the entire world. It is the most popular diet in Hollywood. There is little research in the area.

Key Takeaways:

  • r people with celiac disease, the Gluten-Free diet is like insulin for diabetics
  • There's nothing specifically bad about gluten or specifically good about a Gluten-Free diet, outside of for these specific -- not uncommon but relatively small -- populations of people with celiac disease, which is about 1% of people in the general population
  • celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, spurring the immune system to attack its own intestines when gluten enters the body

"Over the past few decades, millions of people around the world have distanced themselves from gluten, eliminating gluten sources from their diets."



Reference:

//www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/health/Gluten-Free-diet-history-explainer/index.html

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A Downside of Gluten Free
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Date: February 19, 2017 04:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: A Downside of Gluten Free





There is a downside to being gluten free. The downside is increased blood levels of arsenic and mercury. This was according to a preliminary report. Researchers analyzed a lot of people and found that the people who lived gluten free had twice as much urinary arsenic in their system. Rice is one possible culprit for this.

A Downside of Gluten Free

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Dr. Rao of Diet Doc Warns That Going Gluten-Free Can Inadvertently Result in a Lack of Proper ...
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Date: December 11, 2016 04:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Dr. Rao of Diet Doc Warns That Going Gluten-Free Can Inadvertently Result in a Lack of Proper ...





With the emergence of Celiac disease in recent years, there are many who have cut gluten from their diet even though they do not suffer from the condition. It has been viewed as a fad new diet, but specialists argue that it can negatively impact your diet. The concern is that the lack of fortified breads, pastas, and cereals in a diet will cause a deficiency in essential B vitamins, folate, and fiber that come from them. Doctors are advising those who do not have Celiac disease to not cut gluten from their diet.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new report by Harvard Medical School states that Gluten-Free dieting can easily result in a lack of proper nutrition, particularly for those without celiac disease.
  • The truth is that there are no published reports showing that a Gluten-Free diet produces weight loss in persons without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
  • Researchers are concerned that consumers who are eager to drop gluten from their diets may be lacking the essential B Vitamins, folate and fiber that comes from consuming fortified breads, cereals and pastas.

"This truth is that there are no published reports showing that a Gluten-Free diet produces weight loss in persons without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity"



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.marketwired.com/press-release/dr-rao-diet-doc-warns-that-going-Gluten-Free-can-inadvertently-result-lack-proper-nutrition-2180287.htm&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmZjNGVlYTM1NDU3YmZmOGU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGOODeko9G9f8TBQi9HahvO4AlLWg

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Why Should I Take Wheat Grass Liquid Concentrate?
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Date: December 10, 2014 11:03 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why Should I Take Wheat Grass Liquid Concentrate?

wheat grass

What is a wheat grass

Wheat grass has been the buzzword for health over the past few years, with health buffs and experts praising the benefits of consuming the organic wonder product. The cotyledons of the wheat plant “Triticum aestivum” are what make wheatgrass. It is being marketed and sold in juice or powder concentrate form, and is served to consume in fresh or freeze-dried form.

Wheat grass benefits

The health benefits of this wonderful plant food are numerous- it contains amino acids, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and dozens of enzymes that our body needs. Wheatgrass is advertised as a nutritional supplement to provide blood, metabolic and digestive balance. In this article we will focus on the benefits of drinking wheatgrass liquid concentrate everyday for the improvement of our health.

Wheat grass concentrate

The powerful wheat grass concentrate is a great source of protein in the form of polypeptides and has all the essential amino acids our body needs. With its high chlorophyll constituent, as it is the lifeblood of plants and a direct product of sunlight, wheat grass contains antibacterial and healing properties, which is exactly what our cells need to thrive, cleanse, and build the blood. This is why it is used for its therapeutic effects making the body recover faster from ailments and disease. It works by delivering oxygen to the blood which is beneficial because the brain and body tissues performs at their optimum level when in an environment that's highly-oxygenated, leading to overall good health. The chlorophyll's high magnesium content is also known to aid in fertility.

This liquid concentrate is packed with nutrients equivalent to five pounds of raw, green organic vegetables, all in just two ounces of juice. It is higher in vitamins A and C than what you would get in a serving of carrots or oranges, and has a full spectrum of B vitamins as well, and a balanced ratio of calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus altogether. Wheat grass contains enzymes that detoxify the body, especially the blood and liver, neutralizing harmful pollutants like heavy metals and toxins that enter the body, which could be stored in tissues and organs, therefore cleansing the body from head to toe. This juice is also a resource of life-force energy that gives one renewed spiritual effects on his inner being. It battles premature aging and it keeps the hair from graying out making you look younger. Not only does it boosts the immune system by giving strength, vitality and endurance, but has wonderful effects on the body. It can cure acne and may help remove scars left if drank regularly for a few months. It acts, as a natural deodorizer hence can be a body deodorant. It can prevent tooth decay and even soothe toothaches and sore throat. It aids in skin problems like psoriasis or eczema. It helps in achieving regular bowel movement. It is Gluten-Free. Taking wheat grass liquid concentrate has no reported side effects or toxic in any amount given to either humans or animals, mainly because it is at its finest and most natural form, making it the ideal supplement to take nowadays.

References

  1. //hippocratesinst.org/living-food/benefits-of-wheatgrass
  2. //thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

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Do Solaray Products Contain Gluten
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Date: January 09, 2013 12:25 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Do Solaray Products Contain Gluten

Solaray is a brand of natural supplements that has been in the market for decades. It is owned by the Nutraceutical Company which started in 1973. They produce supplements, herbal teas, tablets and capsules containing naturally derived remedies. Solaray supplements combine natural ingredients, nutraceuticals and herbs in special formulas. Often times, people have raised various questions concerning Solaray natural supplements. This is only because they want to know if the products are safe. One of the common questions that are often raised is if solaray products contain gluten.

Do Solaray products contain gluten?

If you visit their official website, you will find information on quality testing, allowed and disallowed ingredients for their products. So to answer the above question, let us find out what gluten is and why some persons want to avoid it. Gluten is a type of protein found in most cereals, grains, breads and other natural products. People who wish to avoid this ingredient are those with celiac disease. Gluten can also be found on its own as a protein supplement. This is prepared for those who do not have access to other protein source.

However, it is not good for people who are susceptible to gluten intolerance. The term gluten intolerance is commonly used to describe celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy. These are chronic illnesses that are difficult to diagnose. This is why people who suffer from any of these illnesses tend to avoid products that contain gluten.

The answer to the above question is: NO!

Solaray products are Gluten-Free, dairy-free and are good for vegetarians. Their products do not contain FD or C colors, preservatives, high corn syrup and artificial flavors. Therefore, all solaray products are safe and good for the body. You can visit their official website to learn more about their products.

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New from Now foods
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Date: September 28, 2009 02:28 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: New from Now foods

Fruit And Greens PhytoFoods Alkalizing Food Sources & Gluten Free

It is well understood that nutrients from wholesome, natural food sources are the most beneficial and healthy.

Sadly, most people simply do not have the time, energy, or even resources to consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. When you factor in professional responsibilities, social obligations, and travel, consuming the amount of fresh foods needed to thrive can become even more challenging. We at NOW understand the obstacles that face today’s health enthusiasts, and are constantly exploring new ways to provide superior health products at the best possible prices.

Fruit & Greens™ PhytoFoods is a celebration of everything that nature has blessed us with. From the berries and fruit bursting with cell-protecting antioxidants, to the vegetables and supergreen foods that provide vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and enzymes; nature remains our most popular and unblemished source of perfect nourishment. Now, more than ever, the need for wholesome, unadulterated nutrition is of the utmost importance. NOW® Fruit & Greens™ PhytoFoods Powder was meticulously formulated to do exactly that.

Fruit & Greens PhytoFoods™ is an advanced, Gluten-Free Superfood blend that makes it almost effortless to reap the benefits of nature’s most nutritious offerings. Using ingredients provided by Mother Nature herself, we incorporated the very best into this innovative, full-spectrum formula. We invite you to compare the ingredients and potencies in Fruit & Greens PhytoFoods to similar Supergreen and Berry-containing products. Side-by-side, it’s clear that NOW offers the best value and a superior nutrition profile.

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Passing on the Peptides: The Rise of Gluten-Free Diet And Fiber
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Date: January 02, 2008 03:22 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Passing on the Peptides: The Rise of Gluten-Free Diet And Fiber

When going down the isles of any health food store, you'll find more and more cereals, breads, crackers, desserts, and supplements that claim to be Gluten-Free. Gluten refers to the peptides in wheat, rye, and barley that are problematic for gluten-sensitive individuals and cause great amounts of damage to the small intestine of those with celiac disease. About two million people in the US have celiac disease, and possibly more that have yet to be diagnosed. Gluten-Free foods can help people with celiac disease, as well as many other conditions, feel better. There is currently no FDA regulation that defines the term "Gluten-Free" in labeling of foods, as long as the claim is not misleading.

Many companies currently provide an extensive selection of Gluten-Free supplements so that they can meet the needs of Gluten-Free living. For those consumers desiring a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement, there are large varieties available from many different manufacturers. Many manufacturers are trying to create a product that is able to support the digestion of gluten. They want the peptide to be broken down so that its individual amino acid will no longer damage the gut or create food sensitivities.

Supplemental digestive enzymes have been shown to give an increased advantaged to those who use a Gluten-Free diet along with enzymes. The Salba seed was recently introduced to those suffering from any level of gluten intolerance as a good source of fiber. It is the perfect solution because it is extremely high in fiber content for every serving and is a whole food source of fiber, which makes it better for you than a supplement that is manufactured solely to deliver fiber. Salba can be purchased as a seed and ground and pure cold-pressed oil. Because the vast majority of Gluten-Free foods that are available today are manufactured for great taste instead of nutrition, Salba is a great solution because it can be incorporated into Gluten-Free foods. Therefore, adding all the nutrition that is lacking in the products themselves, without adding any taste. Salba is also assimilated into the body easily because it is a whole food.

By not labeling the absence or presence of gluten on products, retailers and consumers are greatly challenged. Although wheat is one of the major gluten-containing grains, it’s important to remember that rye, barley, and other grains are also a source of gluten. Retailers are able to help consumers determine which supplements are Gluten-Free by being more knowledgeable about ingredients containing gluten that are included in dietary supplements. For example, grains are used in the processing of many ingredients, so it is often necessary to seek out the hidden gluten. Among those ingredients that should be avoided by consumers seeking Gluten-Free products are modified starch, vegetable gum, and caramel. Gluten-intolerant consumers often deal with the issue of managing their own health while being around those who do not have to handle gluten-intolerant issues. Due to Salba’s neutral taste and ease of use, it is the perfect solution of Gluten-Free and non Gluten-Free members who are found in the same household and eating the same foods. Salba can help the whole family to improve their health dramatically.

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Herbal Iron – Pleasant Tasting Iron and Herb Multivitamin Supplement
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Date: November 07, 2005 02:34 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Herbal Iron – Pleasant Tasting Iron and Herb Multivitamin Supplement

Herbal Iron – Pleasant Tasting Iron and Herb Multivitamin Supplement

Herbal Iron contains the most easily absorbed and tolerated form of iron known: Iron-II-lactate. Blended select herbal extracts and vitamin-rich fruit and vegetable concentrates further enhance assimilation. Each daily serving of this yeast-free and Gluten-Free formula provides 100% of the USRDA for iron. This pleasant tasting remedy makes your essential iron supplement program a delight.

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Lose the Gluten - everyone who suffers from food allergies
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Date: June 10, 2005 10:20 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Lose the Gluten - everyone who suffers from food allergies

Lose the Gluten by Phyllis D. Light, RH Energy Times, October 14, 2004

Are you a glutton for gluten, the sticky protein found in bagels and many other breads? Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy the taste of fresh-baked bread because it contains this natural substance that can cause allergic reaction or intolerance in susceptible folks.

And while not everyone who suffers from food allergies or intolerances has a problem with gluten, other foods that can cause distress include items like watermelon, fish or even the benign-seeming peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Still, with a little guidance, even if you have an allergy or two, you can enjoy meals and reduce food-related difficulties when you make food choices wisely.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than one in 50 adults and one in 12 children in the US suffer food allergies. But the problem may be even larger. Researchers believe even more of us have food allergies and don't know it: many food allergies and intolerances may be mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome or conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome.

Unhappy Digestion

The involvement of the immune system in an allergy represents the dividing line between intolerance and allergy. A food allergy strikes when the immune system attacks food ingredients as though they were threatening substances. Usually, proteins trigger these physiological alarms. The most common food allergens include wheat, soy, peanuts, shellfish, eggs, fish, tree nuts, milk and watermelon. Fortunately, many children who suffer allergies outgrow them as their bodies mature.

Signs of a food allergy may include a rash, hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the airways and a condition called anaphylactic shock, a serious occurrence that can cut off breathing and requires immediate medical help.

If you believe you have a food allergy, see your health practitioner. If you have reasons to suspect an allergy to a particular food, avoid it altogether.

Intolerance Versus Allergy

Food intolerances are more common than allergies. They happen when food irritates the digestive system or offers substances that the digestive tract cannot break down. A food intolerance, however, does not provoke the immune system into an attack. The most common foods that cause intolerance are wheat, rye and barley; they all contain gluten.

Figuring out an intolerance generally requires adding and eliminating foods to gauge your response. Signs can include nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, bloating, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, headaches and irritability or nervousness. If you suspect you have a food intolerance, keep a food diary-recording what you eat and how you feel afterwards.

In addition, an elimination diet, wherein you avoid certain foods and track your responses, can help determine food intolerances. After you have dropped certain foods from your diet, reintroduce them, one at a time, until you eat a food that causes a return of your problems. These foods should then be permanently avoided.

Inflamed Intestines

Celiac sprue is a particularly severe inflammatory response to wheat or other grains containing gluten. According to the National Science Foundation, one in every 200 Americans suffers from this often misdiagnosed condition. That's more than a million of us!

If left untreated, celiac sprue can cause anemia, contribute to osteoporosis by limiting calcium absorption and increase the risk for intestinal cancer. Signs include headaches, weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue and neurological symptoms. The only treatment is to avoid all grains that contain gluten.

According to researchers in England, celiac sprue is often mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome, type 1 diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome and can result in infertility (Med J Austral 2004 May 17; 180(10):524-6). Because sprue can confuse health practitioners, many people spend years trying to find an answer to their discomforts before finding that a Gluten-Free diet relieves their pain.

According to the Celiac Sprue Association, if you have gluten intolerance you should avoid durum wheat, semolina wheat, rye, kamut, spelt, barley, triticale and often oats. Some people find they can tolerate spelt, a distant cousin to wheat that's high in fiber and contains more protein (talk to your practitioner). Oats are generally well-tolerated by most people with gluten intolerance, but because oats are often processed on the same machinery as wheat, they may have traces of gluten. If you are gluten intolerant, you can still eat rice, corn, soy, potatoes, beans, sorghum, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, arrowroot and amaranth.

Problem Foods

Other food ingredients can trouble digestion. They include:

  • • Lactose: Up to 20% of Americans are lactose intolerant (Har Health Lett 2003 Dec; 29:6-7), reacting badly to milk products because they lack the enzyme necessary for digesting lactose (milk sugar). For these people, milk, ice cream and cheese cause gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • • MSG (monosodium glutamate): A flavor enhancer, MSG can cause allergic responses in susceptible individuals.
  • • Sulfites: Food preservatives-often found in baked goods, wines, snack foods and condiments-have been found to cause hives, nausea, shortness of breath, diarrhea and, in some cases, anaphylactic shock.
  • • Food colorings: These items may cause allergic-type responses in some people.

    Fermented Foods

    If you have what seem to be allergies and intolerances, fermented foods that contain beneficial bacteria (probiotics) can aid the functioning of your digestive tract. Yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and sauerkraut supply active bacterial cultures and are generally easy to tolerate because they are predigested. According to researchers at Tufts University, yogurt can improve your digestive health and soothe difficulties linked to allergies and intolerances (AJCN 2004 Aug; 80(2):245-56).

    In addition, yogurt and other probiotic foods have been found to reduce the recurrence of irritable bowel flare-ups and may help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Yogurt improves gut microflora, increases bowel transit time and enhances immune response. Probiotics are also available as supplements.

    Helpful Hints

    If you have problems with certain foods or additives, becoming an amateur food detective can make meals more pleasant. Before eating a packaged food, always read the label; if you are unsure of the ingredients, contact the food manufacturer. But, in any uncertain situation, if you are in doubt of a food's ingredients, do without. Better to avoid food problems than realize too late that you've eaten a food that has upset your digestion.

    Some people find their food intolerance comes and goes, often depending upon the amount eaten and how often a food is consumed. For example, some people with lactose intolerance find they can have a little milk in their coffee or on their breakfast cereal one day a week, but have problems if they drink milk on two consecutive days.

    While deciphering which foods in your diet cause you problems can be time consuming, the reward for eliminating these nutrients, better digestion, is great. Don't give up! Persevere and, eventually your digestion will thank you.



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    Date: June 10, 2005 04:14 PM
    Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
    Subject: Clean Living

    Clean Living by Phyllis D. Light, RH Energy Times, December 3, 2003

    Just as you wouldn't clean a closet by merely closing the closet door, you can't clean your body by closing your eyes to the toxins that assault our bodies every day. The modern world is filled with natural and manmade chemicals that can accumulate within and cause long-term health problems. So, in between bouts of housecleaning, an internal cleansing can keep your bodily systems feeling as clean as your sparkling household.

    While modern life would be impossible without the chemicals that go into the gadgets and machines on which society thrives, these materials have a dark side: Each day we are exposed to hundreds of substances that have infiltrated our food, water and air. They lurk in our cleaning products, fabrics, personal care products, automobiles and even the building materials in our homes and offices.

    "While our [bodies have] systems of detoxification to deal with and eliminate chemicals to which we are exposed, the sheer volume of these chemicals can overwhelm these detoxification mechanisms, causing these non-lifegiving substances to stay in our bodies where they can damage our health," says Steven Horne, AHG, herbalist and natural health consultant in St. George, Utah.

    Added to this chemical mix, indulgences in alcoholic drinks, cigarette smoke, caffeine and over-the-counter drugs can further challenge your body's cleansing systems.

    Water, Water Everywhere and How Your Health Can Shrink

    Substances in the beverages you consume every day may contribute to the collection of toxins in your body.

    A growing water problem, for instance, flows from the medications excreted into sewer systems and groundwater.

    These drugs have already affected the environment: Estrogen from contraceptives have contaminated lakes and rivers, and caused deformities in fish while impairing the fertility of water animals and the birds who feed upon them. A study released by scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the fertility rate of adult male fish exposed to synthetic estrogen from contraceptive pills dropped by 50% (Envir Tox & Chem 6/03). Scientists believe these defective animals are like the proverbial canaries in coal mines, reflecting health problems that may also be harming human health in ways we don't yet understand.

    And clean machines can cause unclean bodies: When scientists from Queen's University (Drug Metab Dispos 2003; 31:306) examined the seminal fluid of infertile men, they found extra amounts of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreasing agent used in the automotive and metal industries. TCE is also found in adhesives, lubricants, paints, varnishes, paint strippers, pesticides, spot removers and rug cleaning fluids, and it has entered the drinking water in many places.

    Detox for Metabolic Balance

    "Detoxification is the missing link in Western nutrition and an important but unexplored medical therapy," says Elson M. Haas, MD, author of The Detox Diet (Celestial Arts). Dr. Haas believes that when the body accumulates wastes that are not properly eliminated, disease often results: "The key to maintaining metabolic balance is to maximize nutrition and eliminate toxins." Dr. Haas has seen improvement in cholesterol levels, blood pressure readings and pain levels after his patients have detoxed.

    When your body accumulates toxins, cells can stagnate and suffocate. To offset these problems, the body uses its built-in system of detoxification to remove toxins and cellular waste products.

    In protecting itself against toxins, the body can quickly eliminate water-soluble compounds before they cause harm, excreting them in the stool, sweat and urine. Fat-soluble compounds, which make up most of the chemical toxins we are exposed to every day, are not so easily dealt with. The body uses enzymes in the intestines and liver to chemically break down these toxins and convert them into a form that can be pushed out of the body.

    Your body inherits its ability to cope with toxins. But you can help the body in its detox tasks by providing nutrients that aid cleansing.

    Colorful Eating Boosts Detox

    Many experts believe that alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) help the body detoxify, while meats and acidic processed foods slow the process.

    "The right balance of acid and alkaline foods for each of us is, of course, the key," notes Dr. Haas. Animal products, sugar, white flour, and alcoholic beverages are thought to leave acid residues in the body.

    "Brightly colored foods contain powerful antioxidants that help the liver with the detoxification process," says Brenda Watson, CT, in her book Renew Your Life (Renew Life Press). "...[raw] fruits and vegetables...contain enzymes... [that are] destroyed by cooking."

    These enzymes can help the body detoxify and eliminate undesirable substances. However, Watson cautions, "If the digestive system is weak...too much raw food [can] cause upset, so raw foods should be added to the diet at a pace the body can tolerate. Taking digestive plant enzymes with meals can also aid digestion."

    While those foods in a normal diet can help control toxins, if you have moved toward "toxic overload," or if you want to eliminate candida-a yeast that can cause health problems-Watson recommends a detox diet:

  • *Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners.

  • *Eat fewer grains.

  • *Avoid fruits and fruit juices; Granny Smith apples are OK, as is lemon juice in herb tea.

  • *Drink fresh vegetable juice.

  • *Avoid yeasty foods such as bread, beer, wine, sauerkraut and commercial salad dressings (olive is oil is acceptable).

  • *No mushrooms or cheese.

  • *No peanuts or peanut butter.

  • *No dairy except a little butter and plain yogurt.

  • *No coffee, tea, pepper, spices or tobacco. (A little herb tea is OK.)

  • *No pickled, smoked or dried meat, fish or poultry.

    Foods that are allowed include:

  • *Gluten-Free bread

  • * Raw almond butter
  • *Eggs

  • *Vegetables low in starch

  • *Lentils

  • *Lean meats

  • *Pasta made from rice or quinoa

  • * Nuts and seeds that have been soaked overnight in distilled water

    When preparing dishes in this diet, use plenty of garlic and green foods. "Other anti-candida agents which may be used liberally include ginger, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary."

    According to Watson, following this diet is a first step toward detoxing. If you experience serious difficulties linked to environmental toxins, consult a health practitioner.

    In a world filled with chemicals whose effects are unknown, attention must be paid to the toxins around us. As our machines grow more complex and widespread, our health difficulties linked to these mechanisms may also grow.



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