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Candida and Gluten Intolerance

Candida and Gluten Intolerance

In forums, on my website and in passing I have met a number of women who have suffered from food allergies as well as candida, so I thought I would do some research into what the difference is and why so many people suffer from both. 
Candadiasis also known as Candida is a yeast infection, an overgrowth of candida. The nasty thing is that candida has the ability to change from a fungal form and spore all the way through the intestinal wall into other parts of the body. Most often people associate candida with a thrush or vaginal yeast infection in women… but candidasis can reek havoc on your entire body. 
What comes first, the candida or the gluten? 
The interesting thing about candida is that is can be caused by gluten or food allergies weakening your immune system and vice versa, candida can weaken your immune system and cause food allergies. So how do we know which came first? Or is it that we are doomed to eat foods without sugars, yeasts and gluten forever? 
What symptoms do the two have in common? 
 Chronic fatigue 
 Weakness 
 Dizziness 
 Headaches 
 Flu like symptoms 
 Muscle and Join Aches 
 Sore Throat or Glands 
 Numbness in hands or feet 
 Asthma 
 Chronic Sinusitis 
 Allergies 
 Irritability 
 Abdominal Pain 
 Constipation or Diarrhea 
 Gas 
 Depression 
 Grumpyness or Mood Swings 
 Fungal Infections 
 Yeast Rashes 
 Craving Sugar and Carbs 
 Reproductive Issues 
 And so the list goes on. 
What can help? 
Pro Biotic 
A pro biotic has been recognized for its ability to help build up the good bugs in your immune system and get rid of the bad ones. 
Yeast Free Diet 
The best idea may be to try a yeast free diet and see how that helps. Sometimes by eliminating the things that cause allergies we can get a better idea of what we can and can not tolerate. 

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Living with and getting relief from  Gluten Intolerance

Living with and getting relief from Gluten Intolerance

Many people who use alternative products that are Gluten Free, already have some understanding of how Gluten intolerance can affect their lives. I thought it might be good though to give a little real life reminder. 
I have this lovely client who came initially for another purpose altogether. When she came she was presenting with; Constipation, cramps, bloating, back pain, anxiety, foggy head, dizziness, energy fluctuations and eczema. 
As a Naturopath I could see that the causes of these symptoms were the wheat gluten and other underlying 
imbalances. She knew she had been gluten intolerant in the past but had let wheat gluten slip back into her diet. I highlighted this to my client along with addressing some of the other causative factors. Now to her credit she went away and totally eradicated wheat gluten from her diet. She used the alternatives suggested and followed my protocol. On the second visit (two weeks later) I was so glad to see that most of her symptoms had disappeared. 
If you have gluten intolerance to whatever degree you know you may always have this but the idea is to increase your bodies ability to cope with that. First avoiding it so your body can get back to its healthy balance is a great start. Naturopaths will use all sorts of methods to improve digestion and metabolism. Usually addressing your deficiencies. I have had great success using homoeopathic desensitization, which is a simple procedure. 
This must be combined with reducing wheat gluten sources in your diet and using the alternatives best does this.

Kim Samsa Naturopath 2009 

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Ten Tips when searching for Great Gluten Free Bread

Ten Tips when searching for Great Gluten Free Bread

If you’ve tested positive for gluten intolerance and have already begun your search for alternatives, chances are that you will be overwhelmed by the vast array of choices available.

In this section that follows, we’ve furnished a list of the ten top tips to guide you in your search and enable you to make the best possible choices when looking for gluten free bread.

1. Look for ingredients

Make sure the breads you choose do not have any of the undesirable ingredients. It is always better to read labels and look for ingredients such as wheat, sye and barley in particular to avoid any reactions.

2. Look for proper preparation methods

When looking for the best gluten free bread, make sure that it is has been manufactured using the right procedure. Everything from the temperature at which it is baked to the temperature at which the raw ingredients are stored makes a difference.

3. Take references

When choosing a particular type of gluten free bread, make sure you seek references from people who’ve already used the same. The best of gluten free bread brands will usually have users who’ve given their testimonials and opinions on the products.

4. Search the web

Look up the internet for suitable options. Nowadays, there are a vast number of providers selling good quality gluten free breads by the loaves both in retail and online.

5. Look for variety

If you’ve considered where I can buy gluten free bread, it is mostly better to go for brands that offer maximum variety. There are many companies that offer the likes of sweet breads, pancakes and waffles in the gluten-free category.

6. Search your area

When looking for options for eating out, look for restaurants that offer gluten-free breads and other similar options. In fact, it is better to use tools such as the Restaurant Finder on the web that helps you to locate appropriate restaurants and eateries offering gluten-free breads in your specific area.

7. Look for right ingredients

If you’ve already invested in a gluten free bread maker machine, it is important that you look for the right type of ingredients to make the breads on your own. Make sure you choose the best quality ingredients, store them in the right way and use them for cooking in the proper manner.

8. Join forums and support groups

Since experiences can vary, it is often helpful to join support groups and forums with other individuals who might be gluten intolerant. This way, you can get better tips on how to look for the best gluten free bread and also decide on which type of bread will suit you the most.

9. Take medical advice on your condition

When looking for gluten free bread, first take medical advice on your condition and know the exact problem you have. For instance, you could either have the Coeliac disease, the non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity or the wheat allergy symptoms.

10. Try different brands

With so many brands of gluten free breads available, it is often advisable to keep changing the brands you buy so that you know what suits your taste and health the most.

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Feeling Fantastic now I’m Gluten Free

Feeling Fantastic now I’m Gluten Free

About 7 years ago I was told by a homeopath that I should cut wheat out of my diet.

To be honest I thought she was being a bit over the top, and I was pretty slapdash in my approach to going gluten-free. But eventually I gave it a serious go, and discovered I was feeling better. “Clearer” if you will. I wasn’t feeling so sluggish, bloated, headachey anymore, and not so many upset stomachs either! There’s an ad out there for something which says “You’ll find there’s a better kind of normal” which I definitely found to be the case.

It was a bit difficult to do in the beginning – there wasn’t as varied a range of gluten-free products available as there is now, that’s for sure. With trial and error, I found things that worked, and I learnt to read the ingredients labels of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! Wheat is in so many things that you don’t expect it to be in! Eg cornflour – what? It’s not always made from corn ? How crazy is that? And some icecreams have it in them?

So many discoveries. I discovered that oats and rye don’t really work that well for me either, so I work more on a gluten-free diet rather then a wheat-free diet these days. It’s still sometimes a bit of a hindrance – if everyone wants to go out for pizza then it’s a bit difficult unless I can convince them to go to a restaurant that caters for me, or if we are invited over to someone’s place for breakfast, a meal that includes wheat most of the time – but for the most part its completely manageable nowadays. I love to bake, and have really enjoyed learning to cook variations that work for me and am compiling a fantastic collection of recipes!

I’m really happy I went gluten-free. Life’s so much better without it.

Submitted by Airdrie Makim on behalf of What Can I Eat

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