New Study Has Discovered Gluten’s Evil Cousin

Gluten-free is a growing diet trend that has proven to relieve intestinal suffering as well as providing other physical benefits. Unfortunately, a new study has discovered that there’s another culprit besides gluten.

What’s in Wheat?

In recent times, those who suffer from Celiac disease, have been fortunate enough to be able to identify their challenge. A simple blood test ordered by your doctor can diagnose if you have the ailment. For years, some people experienced bloating, nausea, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and foggy brain, and had no idea why. Gluten’s impact on digestive health was the cause.

Small Numbers, Big Problems

The percentage of people with actual Celiac is tiny. Others, however, experience similar symptoms without having the disease.  The medical community now recognizes this condition, which has been named “non-celiac gluten sensitivity.”

A new study, however, has revealed a protein in wheat that causes all kinds of trouble. Although it makes up less than 4% of proteins in wheat, amylase-tripsin Inhibitors (ATIs), they can trigger inflammation in the gut and systemically.

The Problem Protein

Research from this latest study shows that ATIs can activate the inflammation of chronic health issues. This particular protein complicates asthma, MS, lupus, arthritis, IBS, and a host of other autoimmune diseases. ATIs trigger inflammation in the gut, lymph nodes, kidneys, and even the brain.

For those non-Celiac, ATIs increase the risk of developing gluten sensitivity. It’s a frightening find; ATIs create such powerful immune responses through digestion that reactions spread to other tissues and organs in the body.

Scientists Speculate

This study has researchers explaining that gluten may not be the cause for all the awful symptoms that non-celiac gluten sensitive people experience. It’s the ATIs that contaminate the gluten.

So, certainly, a gluten-free diet is necessary for someone with celiac disease. But perhaps an ATI-free diet would benefit everyone. Eliminating this protein would reduce risk of inheriting celiac-type symptoms as well as decrease inflammation throughout the body.

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If you feel you could benefit from removing ATIs from your diet, it is definitely doable. You’ll want to target foods that contain wheat and replace them with wheat-free selections. There are all types of different flours available that you could use to substitute when cooking and baking. Choosing fresh produce over many carbohydrates is a simple and nutritious way to make the change. Beans, legumes, and other grains are delicious choices to keep your diet gluten- and ATI-free.

Inflammation is a precursor and antagonist for chronic disease. Anyway to keep inflammation levels low is a plus.


New Treatment for Salmonella, Without Antibiotics

Salmonella is a common bacteria often called “food poisoning.” In some cases, antibiotics are needed to keep an infection from spreading. New research has developed a treatment that can be an alternative to antibiotic use.

Salmonella is not an Omega-Rich Fish

Salmonella is a bacteria that was named after an American scientist, Dr. Salmon, over a century ago. It is a food-borne illness that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. The symptoms usually begin somewhere between 12 and 72 hours after ingesting the contaminated food.

Over one million cases of Salmonella are reported each year in the US. Experts believe, realistically, there are over 20 million; they’re just not all reported. You cannot tell if food is contaminated by looking at it. Eggs, meats, produce, and nuts are all susceptible to becoming tainted.

A Word on Eggs…

It used to be, before the 1970’s, that eggs shells would become contaminated from chicken feces. Since then, eggs must be thoroughly cleaned and inspected, which diminished the eggshell-Salmonella-problem. Now, however, the bacteria can be inside grade “A” eggs. Hens’ ovaries contract Salmonella, so the egg actually contains the bacteria before the shell is even formed.

Research to the Rescue!

A team of scientists from UC Irvine and MIT have tested a treatment that allows the body to create new antibodies that fight Salmonella infection. The new antibodies attack the invading microbes. The scientists immunized lab mice with microbes that target salmonella and other bacterial molecules.

After two immunizations, the mice were injected with the bacteria. From the vaccine, antibodies were formed, which were found to decrease gut bacteria levels in the mice.

Antibiotics Vs. Alternate Treatments

Antibiotics can be lifesavers, but because of their overuse over the past decades, their ability to fight off some infections has weakened. Additionally, antibiotics kill off good antibodies as well as the sick ones. With this new treatment, the researchers are introducing an antibody strengthener without killing anything but the bad stuff. Scientists are hoping “this new approach may reduce the reliance on antibiotics.”

Avoiding Salmonella

Sometimes it will be impossible to avoid getting bit by the food poisoning bug. However, there are measures to lower your risk…

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold
  • Never leave food sitting outside in temperature over 90 degrees for more than one hour. Two hours tops for cooler temps.
  • Clean utensils, bowls, and cutting boards with antibacterial soap or bleach. Keep your hands very clean while cooking and serving too.
  • Cook foods thoroughly; 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for poultry.

If you should experience Salmonella-like symptoms, remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration is one of the biggest dangers when suffering from diarrhea and fever. You may also want to read about E.coli bacteria, another common source of food poisoning— click here. And more articles on healthy living, feel free to peruse GetThrive!





Do We Really Need Probiotics? The Good, Bad, and the Unbelievable

There are still skeptics, but the truth is that probiotics can help our immune system in unbelievable ways.

You May Know…Or Not Know…

Probiotics are live, good bacteria. They live in food and our gut biome, naturally. Antibiotics, stress, poor diet, environmental toxins, antacids, and even aspirin can damage our microbiome. It becomes imbalanced. Replenishing the good bacteria can repair damage and boost our overall immune system. Unbelievably, probiotics are being studied as a form of immunotherapy for cancer.

What’s Good

Probiotics are available online and over-the-counter. They are readily used to combat potential yeast infections derived from taking antibiotics. Harmful gut bacteria can be reduced with the introduction of probiotics via supplements or food. They aid digestion and assist with nutrient absorption into the intestines. Children and adults suffering from diarrhea have avoided malnourishment by ingesting probiotics. These organisms have also been shown to support immune system response.

Probiotics found in foods and drinks are: kombucha, keifer, Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and cultured vegetables. Make sure labels include “contains live active cultures.”

Probiotics found in supplements: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Basillus, Streptococcus, Saccharomyces, Enterococcus, Pediococcus, and Lactococcus

What’s Bad

Many probiotic supplements do not contain what their label touts. Labdoor, a research firm, tested 32 of the top probiotics on the market for purity, efficacy, label accuracy, and potential contaminants. 21 of the 32 boasted an average of over 50% of viable bacteria on their label than in the product. Chewable and gummy probiotics averaged 92% less beneficial bacteria than other whole tablet or capsule products.

Additionally, many beneficial organisms don’t make is past your stomach. Acids kill them off before they reach your intestines. It’s for these reasons there are nay-sayers and those who suggest we’re wasting our money. High-quality products, however, can be researched before you shop. There is enough evidence to show that supplemental probiotics are beneficial in this day and age if you are not 100% in gut-balance.

What’s Unbelievable

Is it possible we are getting closer to treating cancer in new, perhaps more effective ways? Researchers at the University of Chicago wrote that giving mice Bifidobacterium was effective as an immunotherapy in controlling the growth of skin cancer. Combining current methods with the use of probiotics practically eliminated tumor growth.

According to other cancer research, “Efforts are under way to turn bacteria into regulated pharmaceutical products to treat illnesses of the gut, where the microbes reside.” Daniel Chen, head of cancer immunotherapy at Roche’s Genetech division is also completely on board. He believes bacteria in our gut plays a tremendous role in our systematic immune response.

Probiotic side effects, if any, tend to be mild and digestive (such as gas or bloating). Don’t be afraid to take them—just don’t waste your money on ones that may prove to be ineffective. Pro-health = Probiotics.