Back to School Special

Have you ever wondered if your child’s behavior, lack of focus or anxiety could be linked to a nutritional deficiency or food allergy? What if you could support your child’s immune system so they weren’t sick all winter?  We live in a society of fast foods and convenience and as a result our children are much more nutritionally deprived than we were.

Nutritional deficiencies and food allergies may be at the root of:

  • Focus and attention issues
  • Poor performance academically and athletically
  • Chronic cold and infections
  • Digestive issues
  • Fatigue, malaise, and chronic pain
  • Anxiety, depression and sleep issues

What if you could test your child’s nutritional status and create a customized nutritional plan so they could reach their optimal academic and athletic potential?At PureBalance we have a simple blood and urine test available that does just that.

The single best test that we have found to assess the health status of children and teens is a Triad profile.  This 3-part test analyzes both the urine and the blood for both nutritional deficiencies and potential allergens.

The TRIAD® Profile allows simultaneous assessment of:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Essential amino acid deficiencies
  • Oxidative stress and antioxidant status
  • Detoxification capacity
  • Functional status of B-vitamins
  • Brain chemistry imbalances
  • Cellular energy status
  • Specific markers of bacterial and yeast overgrowth in the intestines
  • Food sensitivities
  • Intestinal inflammation/malabsorption

Get this school year off to a great start by scheduling your child’s Triad profile today!  Call PureBalance at 224-521-1212.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Do Your Feet Hurt?

Do Your Feet Hurt?

What if your legs burned and hurt constantly?  What if you felt electrical shocks in your feet when you walked?  What if the pain, and numbness in your feet was so constant that it was driving you mad?
The symptoms described here are the result of a condition called neuropathy.  A progressive degenerative nerve disorder associated with diabetes, chemotherapy, autoimmune disorders, infections, trauma, and chronic vitamin deficiencies.

I know first hand how difficult this condition can be on family members because my father has struggled with the symptoms of neuropathy for a few years now.  My own frustrations with his situation led me to research the condition and I discovered a new non-invasive drug free treatment that is already producing remarkable results. The treatment combines an Electronic Signaling Technology with deep tissue vibration and nutritional therapy to restore normal function to the damaged nerves.

My father has received 8 treatments and his results have been unbelievable.  The pain in his feet has decreased remarkably.  He is able to walk without electrical shocks in his feet, and he can walk for much longer periods of time.  His balance has also improved.  He is not symptom free, but from what we have seen to this point, we are very encouraged to see how he does over the next few weeks.

Interestingly, we also discovered that this new technology works wonders on plantar fasciitis.  One recent patient, who has suffered with plantar fasciitis for over a year now, reported 80% improvement in pain after the first treatment!

If you or a loved one suffers from:

  • Burning Pain in the feet or hands
  • Leg Cramping
  • Sharp Electrical-Like Pain in your legs
  • Pain When You Walk
  • Difficulty Sleeping from Leg and Foot Discomfort
  • Prickling or Tingling of the Feet or Hands

Or if tennis season has been cut short already because of plantar fasciitis pain You may benefit from this therapy…

Don’t suffer needlessly for another day!  Call us today to find out if you qualify for this therapy! 224-521-1212.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

40% of the world is deficient in Vitamin D…are you?

Your body can make its own Vitamin D from sunlight and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat. When your Vitamin D levels are low, sun exposure is not enough to increase that number especially if you live in the Chicago land area.

Some of the benefits of Vitamin D include:

  • Boosts your immune system’s ability to fight infection
  • Improved muscle function
  • Improved cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Improved respiratory health, for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Cancer fighting effects

A lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and type-I diabetes.

What is the ideal level?

The ideal level to aim for is between 60-80 ng/ml.  Most doctors are happy if your numbers are over thirty, but new research shows a large reduction in the incidence of chronic disease in patients whose levels were consistently over 60.

We recommend that adults take 5,000 IU/day of Vitamin D supplement in order to reach and stay at this level.

Interested in finding out your Vitamin D level? 

At PureBalance you can find out what your Vitamin D levels are through a simple blood test. Call now to take advantage of the $45.00 summer special.  224 521-1212.

What to take when your numbers are low?

We suggest PureBalance Vitamin D to quickly restore your Vitamin D levels into the healthy range.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid

 

 


What’s the Skinny on Canola oil?

Canola oil is made of rapeseeds, a member of the mustard family. Most rapeseed is cultivated in China, Canada and India.

Canola oil is typically extracted and refined using high heat, pressure, and petroleum solvents such as hexane. Most canola oil undergoes a process of caustic refining, degumming, bleaching, and deodorization, all using high heat and questionable chemicals.  The end result of all of this refining and processing are oils that are highly inflammatory and potentially contribute to heart disease, weight gain, and other degenerative diseases. Additionally, all of this high heat, high pressure processing with solvents actually forces some of the omega-3 content of canola oil to be transformed into trans fats.

As you can see from the details above on how canola oil is processed, it is barely any healthier for you than other junk oils like soybean oil or corn oil.  The bottom line is that it is inflammatory oil in your body and should be avoided as much as possible.
The reason that extra virgin olive oil is good for you is that it is cold pressed without the use of heat and solvents to aid extraction. EVOO also contains important antioxidants that help protect the stability of the oil.

The only canola oil that might be reasonable is if it is  "cold pressed" and organic. Most canola oil is NOT cold pressed or organic, so you might as well choose oils that you know are healthier.

In the Bayne household we’ll stick to extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and ghee for our cooking needs - perhaps you should too!

Cheers to a healthier you!
dr. ingrid


No soy...No corn...Just Pure Protein!

SlimTrim

A delicious, all natural blend of the highest quality whey protein.

  • High protein content of 26 grams per serving.
  • Superior in amino acid content.
  • Glutamine and Taurine added to support lean muscle mass.
  • Contains GI friendly Fibersol-2 and Aminogen to aid digestion.
  • Low in glycemic index so suitable for many people on restricted diets.
  • Contains no wheat, gluten, soy, corn protein, yeast, artificial colors, sweeteners  or preservatives.
  • Perfect snack or meal on the go.
  • Can be used as a replacement meal to shed some weight or as a post-workout shake.

Now available in Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate!

“It tastes great! I can’t believe it is good for you“ Dave S.

“Easy breakfast when I am in a hurry “ Ann B.


What is Gluten?

Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun of gluten-free diets last week by asking “people on the street” the question: “What is gluten?” Click here to watch it.  http://abc.go.com/shows/jimmy-kimmel-live/video/featured/VDKA0_2wexwoh9

As you can see, the answers were pretty comical! Since May is Celiac Awareness Month, I thought this would be a great time to discuss gluten, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and how it impacts the body.

Let’s start with the definition from the Oxford Dictionary:

glu·ten

ˈglo͞otn/ noun

A substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it is known to cause illness in people with celiac disease.

The New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra071600 reports that Celiac disease is one of the most common, lifelong disorders in both Europe and the United States, and it impacts millions of people. Celiac is an autoimmune, digestive disease, caused by gluten. Gluten damages the villi (small hair-like projections) in the small intestine. This damage means that the small intestine is unable to absorb nutrients from food. Each time a person eats a gluten-containing food, his or her body essentially attacks itself. This attack creates inflammation.

The breakdown of these villi doesn’t occur over night. Evidence suggests that intestinal damage from ongoing exposure to gluten develops gradually. Some people suffer as long as eight to 10 years before being diagnosed. In the interim, the body breaks down.

The primary culprit behind this inflammatory response is gluten-intolerance and gluten-sensitivity. The intestines of a person who is gluten-intolerant are on fire like a roaring flame, while the intestines of someone who is gluten sensitive are more like a smoldering fire. Either way THEY ARE ON FIRE!

At the same time, gluten sensitivity is not exclusively a gut problem. There are more than 300 different symptoms associated with it, ranging from diarrhea and abdominal pain, to weight gain and joint pain. The affected organs include the brain, kidneys, stomach, intestines, liver, and gallbladder. The brain is particularly vulnerable, and associated symptoms include brain fog, migraines, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. Also, gluten sensitivity is associated with asthma, allergies and skin rashes.

The most prescribed therapy for celiac disease and non-celiac/gluten-sensitivity is a gluten-free diet. However, unless the underlying inflammation is addressed, the body’s response to dietary changes will be limited. Specific nutrients also are needed In order to get the inflammation under control.

Because my son has to be 100 percent gluten-free, I decided to pursue additional education and I became a Certified Gluten Practitioner. I am very familiar with the daily challenges associated with a family member who has to be on a gluten-free diet. I will not lie to you—it can be a daily struggle if you are not organized.

As a Certified Gluten Practitioner, I can work with you to develop a carefully selected nutritional protocol and eating program needed to heal and rebuild your body’s intestinal walls and decrease inflammation in the gut. Make an appointment today to begin the first step to a healthy gut!


Toxicity Assessment

TOXICITY ASSESSMENT

The Toxicity Assessment is designed to aid the practitioner in assessing the patient’s need for a Detoxification Program.

SECTION I: SYMPTOMS

Rate each of the following based upon your health profile for the last 90 days.
Use this guide to circle the number of your answer to the following questions:
0 = Never
1 = Rarely
2 = Not severe (Occasionally experience)
3 = Is severe (Often experience)
4 =Very severe (Frequently experience)
HEAD:
A. Headaches 0  1  2  3  4
B. Faintness 0  1  2  3  4
C. Dizziness 0  1  2  3  4
D. Pressure 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
MIND:
A. Poor memory 0  1  2  3  4
B. Confusion 0  1  2  3  4
C. Poor concentration 0  1  2  3  4
D. Difficulty making decisions 0  1  2  3  4
E. Stuttering, stammering 0  1  2  3  4
F. Slurred speech 0  1  2  3  4
G. Learning disability 0  1  2  3  4
H. Poor coordination 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
EYES:
A. Watery, itchy eyes 0  1  2  3  4
B. Swollen, reddened 0  1  2  3  4
C. Dark circles under eyes 0  1  2  3  4
D. Blurred tunnel vision 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                 
EARS:
A. Itchy Ears 0  1  2  3  4
B. Ear Aches / Ear Infections 0  1  2  3  4
C. Drainage from Ear 0  1  2  3  4
D. Ringing in Ears / Hearing Loss 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                 
NOSE:
A. Stuffy nose 0  1  2  3  4
B. Sinus problems 0  1  2  3  4
C. Hay fever 0  1  2  3  4
D. Sneezing attacks 0  1  2  3  4
E. Excessive mucous 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =
MOUTH / THROAT:
A. Chronic coughing 0  1  2  3  4
B. Gagging, need to clear throat 0  1  2  3  4
C. Swollen or discolored tongue, gums or lips 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
DIGESTIVE
:
A. Nausea and/or vomiting 0  1  2  3  4
B. Diarrhea 0  1  2  3  4
C. Constipation 0  1  2  3  4
D. Bloated Feeling 0  1  2  3  4
E. Belching and/or passing gas 0  1  2  3  4
F. Heartburn 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
LUNGS:
A. Chest congestion 0  1  2  3  4
B. Asthma, bronchitis 0  1  2  3  4
C. Shortness of breath 0  1  2  3  4
D. Difficulty breathing 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
HEART:
A. Skipped heartbeats 0  1  2  3  4
B. Rapid heartbeats 0  1  2  3  4
C. Chest pains 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =               
BOWELS / OTHER:
A. Frequent or urgent urination 0  1  2  3  4
B. Leaky bladder 0  1  2  3  4
C. Frequent illness 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
SKIN:
A. Acne 0  1  2  3  4
B. Hives, rashes or dry skin 0  1  2  3  4
C. Hair loss 0  1  2  3  4
D. Flushing 0  1  2  3  4
E. Excessive sweating 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                 
JOINTS / MUSCLE:
A. Pain or aches in joints 0  1  2  3  4
B. Rheumatoid arthritis 0  1  2  3  4
C. Osteoarthritis 0  1  2  3  4
D. Stiffness / limited movement 0  1  2  3  4
E. Pain / aches in muscle 0  1  2  3  4
F. Frequent back pain 0  1  2  3  4
G. Feeling of weakness or tiredness 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
WEIGHT:
A. Binge eating / drinking 0  1  2  3  4
B. Craving certain foods 0  1  2  3  4
C. Excessive Weight 0  1  2  3  4
D. Compulsive eating 0  1  2  3  4
E. Water retention 0  1  2  3  4
F. Under weight 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =               
EMOTIONS:
A. Mood swings 0  1  2  3  4
B. Anxiety / Fear / Nervousness 0  1  2  3  4
C. Anger / Irritability 0  1  2  3  4
D. Depression 0  1  2  3  4
E. Sense of despair 0  1  2  3  4
F. Lethargy 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
ENERGY:
A. Fatigue / Sluggishness 0  1  2  3  4
B. Hyperactivity 0  1  2  3  4
C. Restlessness 0  1  2  3  4
D. Insomnia 0  1  2  3  4
E. Startled awake at night 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =                
SECTION I TOTALS   ______________

SECTION II: RISK OF EXPOSURE

Rate each of the following based upon your health profile for the last 120 days.
Circle the corresponding number for the following:
0=Never    1=Rarely      2=Monthly     3=Weekly     4=Daily
A. How often are strong chemicals used in your home?
    (Disinfectants, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, furniture polish, floor wax, window cleaners) 0  1  2  3  4
B. How often are pesticides used in your home? 0  1  2  3  4
C. How often do you have your home treated for insects? 0  1  2  3  4
D. How often are you exposed to dust, overstuffed furniture, tobacco smoke, mothballs,
     incense, or varnish in your home or office? 0  1  2  3  4
E. How often are you exposed to nail polish, perfume, hairspray and other cosmetics? 0  1  2  3  4
F. How often are you exposed to diesel fumes, exhaust fumes,or gasoline fumes? 0  1  2  3  4
TOTAL =
Answer Yes or No and circle the corresponding number for the following questions:
A. Do you have a water purification system in your home?
Y=0, N=2
B. Are pesticides used frequently in your home?
Y=2, N=0
C. Do you have an air purification system in your home? Y=0, N=2
D. Are you a dentist, painter, farm worker or construction worker? Y=2, N=0
SECTION II TOTALS   ______________
SECTION I TOTAL =    _______
SECTION II TOTAL =    _______GRAND TOTAL = _______
Add up the numbers to arrive at a total for each section and then add the totals of BOTH sections together to arrive at GRAND TOTAL. If any section is 6 or more, or GRAND TOTAL is 40 or more, you may benefit from a Detox Program. We are here to guide you through your options. Give us a call at 224-521-1212.

Self Mastery Technology

Most people who want to make changes in their lives have the best intentions in the world, but the reality is, we get what we rehearse in life, not necessarily what we intend. Through Self-Mastery Technology you rehearse the new behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs you want and create in your mind a timeline for success.

During your Self-Mastery Technology sessions, you visualize new responses to old behavioral triggers. Then, when you encounter the old triggers, you'll simply "forget to remember by remembering to forget." As your new responses take hold, you'll be convinced that you can be tobacco-free, or lose weight, or change any negative behavior. It's that easy!

How Does Self-Mastery Technology Produce Such Amazing Results?

The Self-Mastery Technology system is designed to program behaviors so they become natural, unconscious, and automatic. You know how to drink water. You know which foods are more natural for your body. You know what exercise is. You already have these abilities. Our focus is not to give you these abilities but rather to give you a response to those abilities, creating responsibility. This is the purpose of Self-Mastery Technology; it gives you the skills for responding to your own abilities. Self-Mastery Technology provides the motivation, the determination, and the drive to succeed. It's a common experience that what the mind thinks about the mind brings about. The MindFit helps you to get into that powerful state where you can impress upon your mind the results you want in life.

Creative visualization and stimulation of brainwave activity are among the most studied areas of psychiatry and psychology. The following results have been demonstrated through documented studies and in clinical settings with hundreds of thousands of clients:

  • The right and left hemispheres of the brain become more balanced.
  • Blood flow to the brain increases, resulting in clearer thinking, better concentration, improved memory, and enhanced creativity.
  • Serotonin levels increase by up to 21%, which calms the mind and body and creates an overall sense of wellbeing.

Endorphin levels increase by up to 25%. These are the hormones that flow through the body when we feel happy. Endorphins provide the brain with alertness, are a natural anti-depressant, provide relief from pain, and create pleasurable and loving feelings.

The majority of SMT users report significant stress relief through deep relaxation, better and sounder sleep, improved memory, improved learning skills such as concentration and recall of information, emotional stability, a sense of calm, increased focus, lucid dreaming, and increased physical energy.

Please be aware that while MindFit and Self-Mastery Technology are designed to help you reach your full potential, we cannot guarantee which results you will experience as results vary from person to person.

Is it safe?

Absolutely. The only known side effects are improved memory, better sleep, clearer focus, enhanced concentration, faster healing and reduced stress.

Who Can Benefit from MindFit and Self-Mastery Technology?

Anyone who is not sensitive to flashing light can benefit from MindFit technology. The MindFit, used in combination with Self-Mastery Technology, creates a potent tool for creating laser-like focus and enhanced performance.

The light intensity on the MindFit is adjustable, so those who have minor light sensitivity can almost always find a setting that's right for them. Even those diagnosed with light sensitivity seizures can experience the profound benefits from the Self-Mastery Technology processes alone (no lights).

What Happens During a MindFit/Self-Mastery Technology Session?

With the MindFit glasses (that resemble sunglasses) over your closed eyes and headphones over your ears, you are immersed in a perfect mixture of light and sound frequencies. Your eyes will be treated to a beautiful light show while you listen to specially designed music and the Self-Mastery Technology process. This all combines to enhance your experience and invite a higher degree of alpha/theta brainwave activity.

Some people may experience colorful geometric patterns while others may lose track of the lights completely. The light and sound pulse rate shifts from wide-awake beta to a dreamy drowsy state of theta as the session progresses. Using the science of frequency following response (FFR), your brainwave activity will follow the pulse rate of the NSA system. At the same time, your conscious mind rehearses the changes or improvements you desire for your life. Most people notice the biggest difference after the sessions end. Many report feeling "calm and focused," or say that they feel "alert, yet relaxed."

What is Frequency Following Response?

Frequency following response (FFR) is the effect created through synchronized light and sound. It's how the brain "syncs" to the lights and tones. While your brain follows the frequencies, you experience less inner chatter and improved concentration. After a few days or weeks of regular use, most people gain a sense of balance and inner calm. Users report feeling serene, focused, and alert even when faced with high-pressure situations.


Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies

Are you experiencing congested sinuses? Headaches? Watery eyes?  Uncontrollable sneezing? Allergy season is upon us, and millions of American’s are going to turn to Benadryl, Claritin and other harmful drugs in search of temporary relief.

Natural solutions for Seasonal allergies:

1. Neti Pot: Using a Neti Pot cleanses, refreshes, and protects the nasal passages to help  alleviate sinus and allergy problems. We recommend adding 2 drops of Oregano oil and/or special Neti pot salt to your Neti Pot.

2. Liver Cleanse: Congestion of the Liver is often associated with allergies...so why not cleanse your liver?  PureBalance has an easy to follow Liver cleanse program available to you...get started now!

3. Probiotics: Upwards of 80% of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract! We highly recommend MegasporeBiotic to meet your probiotic needs. Research shows that the specific strains present in MegasporeBiotic modulates the immune response and improves the symptoms associated with allergies. MegaSporeBiotic is available at the PureBalance apothecary.

4. Vitamin D:  Do you know your Vitamin D levels? Exposure to allergens and irritants can trigger the immune system to produce chemicals called cytokines, which cause inflammatory allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Research shows that healthy Vitamin D levels keep cytokines in control.  Low levels of vitamin D are not the cause of allergies, but controlling the symptoms of allergies is a lot easier when your D levels are in the healthy range.

We recommend Micellized Vitamin D3.  It is a highly absorbable form of Vitamin D that has been shown to be 4x more absorbable than standard Vitamin D supplements.  Micellized Vitamin D is available at the PureBalance apothecary.


Are Grains Really Good For You?

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”- Hippocrates

We are led to believe that grains are an essential element in a healthy diet. We are told that eating high-fiber whole grains may help reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent or treat diabetes, and reduce cholesterol. Grains occupy the entire base and largest space on the food pyramid.  Should we question whether they are healthy for us?

Interestingly, scientific and historical research shows that humans have not always consumed grains, and in fact some would argue the body was not designed to function on grains at all! Based on this research we have asked our patients to reduce their intake of grains and in some cases we are suggesting to go grain free. Grains include processed and whole grain products such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, teff, rice, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, and corn. These grains are used to make products like cereal, crackers, cookies, breads, and pasta. Grains contain anti-nutrients and cause big fluctuations in insulin levels, which promotes inflammation in the body.  Let’s discuss each of these issues in detail.

Reason #1:

Grains contain anti-nutrients.

Anti-nutrients are elements within a food that either prevent or disrupt the proper digestion and absorption of nutrients contained in that food. The more grains you eat the more anti-nutrients you have in your diet. If you eat cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a bowl of pasta for dinner you are being exposed to a huge amount of anti-nutrients.  Phytates are anti-nutrients. Phytates make minerals bio-unavailable as they bind to the minerals in our foods and prevent their absorption. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc are crucial for health and healing, but in the presence of phytates they are blocked from being absorbed by the body. This causes mineral deficiency which can result in a wide variety of symptoms that include, but are not limited to, suppressed immunity, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, constipation, hormonal imbalance, restless leg syndrome, muscle spasms, asthma, migraines, PMS and infertility.

Lectins are anti-nutrients that are sugar-binding proteins resistant to digestive enzymes and stomach acid. Lectins stick to the cells in the lining of the small intestines causing a weakness in digestive function. They are sticky like glue, and their stickiness is what clogs your digestive tract and blocks the absorption of nutrients. Overconsumption of lectin rich foods can build up over the years and cause sludge to form on your bowel walls keeping the intestines in a constant state of inflammation.

One way to address the problem of anti-nutrients in grains is to soak and/or sprout them. Some cultures prepare their grains by sprouting and soaking them before preparation and eating. This process dramatically reduces anti-nutrients and makes the actual nutrients present in grains available for absorption. If sprouting and soaking your own grains is not an option there are many health food stores and supermarkets that are already fully stocked with sprouted-grain products. Sprouted-grain breads are easy to find in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

Resources:

www.sproutpeople.org

www.foodforlife.com

www.organicsproutedflour.net

Reason #2:

Grains contain gluten.

Gluten is the protein component in wheat, rye, and barley.  It makes pizza dough stretchy, gives bread its spongy texture, and is used to thicken sauces and soups. The latest research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that around 1% of the population has Celiac’s disease, an autoimmune response to gluten that damages the small intestine. A Celiac patient reacts to trace amounts gluten in their diet. Although only a small percentage of people have Celiac’s, research shows a larger percentage of the population is sensitive to gluten and wheat. Some researches estimate that 30-40% of people of European decent are gluten intolerant. In addition to that Allopathic medicine has recently recognized a new group of diagnoses called non-celiac gluten sensitivity disorders. These conditions include digestive issues, cognitive and behavioral disorders, and neurological conditions that are caused by immune reactions to gluten in the diet.  Unfortunately for many, the long-term results of consuming gluten can cause permanent damage to their immune and nervous systems.

Gluten free grains such as millet, amaranth, rice, buckwheat, sorghum, corn and teff also contain anti nutrients, cause insulin fluctuations and promote inflammation in the body.  We recommend these grains in limited amounts. Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten, but most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with small amounts of wheat, barley and/or rye.

Reason # 3:

Grain consumption causes spikes in insulin production.

Insulin is very important for storing nutrients and processing glucose (sugar). Our bodies simply can’t handle the insulin requirements demanded when we over consume grains on a daily basis.

Ingesting grains causes blood sugar levels to spike, causing a shock to your system. Both simple and complex carbs get converted into glucose but at different rates once they enter the body. Your pancreas compensates for this excess glucose in the bloodstream by secreting excessive levels of insulin. Over stressing your insulin response system over the years can lead to metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

We could tell everybody to completely eliminate grains out of their diet, and those who do will thrive… It will lower their blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels, dramatically improve energy levels, burn off belly fat, reduce inflammation, promote weight loss, alleviate dermatitis, acne, and digestive disturbances etc. Those who chose to stay on the grain train should choose their grains wisely and infrequently. Soak and sprout your grains, buy sprouted grains, and seek non-grain, high protein alternatives like almond flour and coconut flour for your baked goods. By changing your diet and lifestyle you can take an active role in improving your digestive system, which in turn, will improve your immune system, and your ability to resist chronic diseases. As for the food pyramid, we should turn it upside down and get our daily fiber and essential nutrients from foods like vegetables, fruits, proteins and healthy fats which offer a much higher nutrient profile without the drawbacks seen with grains. This decrease in grain consumption will allow you to create a new relationship with grains and will help manage your blood sugar, control insulin levels and decrease systemic inflammation, which is essential to restoring health and slowing the aging process.