What is Gluten

So lets take a look what is Gluten and about Gluten diet and which foods contain and dont contain gluten

In the 7th century, the Buddhist monks discovered gluten, while kneading wheat flour with water to make a dough. Gluten is found naturally in grains and binds together two separate proteins found wfithin the grain. Gluten consists of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, and is commonly found in wheat, barley and rye. As it is insoluble in water, it can be obtained by washing away the associated starch and used as a leavening agent. An important source of protein, gluten is found in foods in their natural state and also as an additive in low protein foods.

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Gluten Allergy and Intolerance

Gluten allergy results from being gluten intolerant. Gluten intolerance is often mistaken to be a food allergy, but it is actually an inherited autoimmune disease. It causes gastrointestinal distress to the immune system, leading to damage of the small intestine. Gluten intolerance is also called as celiac disease and has no cure but can only be prevented and managed by following some dietary rules. There are several types of gluten intolerance, each varying in their symptoms and severity:

Silent celiac disease: This is difficult to detect, as there are no external symptoms, but it can cause a substantial amount of intestinal damage.

Refractory celiac disease: A rare intolerance, in which the symptoms show no improvement, despite one being on a gluten-free diet for months. Some medical practitioners consider this form of intolerance to be a cancer.

Collagenous celiac disease: This is a fatal type of intolerance that accumulates a large amount of scar tissue under the intestinal lining that is characterized by diarrhea, emaciation and anemia.

Latent celiac disease: This type of intolerance does not show any external symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain, though it can cause damage to the intestines.

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Gluten-Free Diet

Once diagnosed with gluten allergy, all it takes to ensure good health is precaution to take gluten-free diet. Though most foods are gluten-free in nature, they no longer stay free, when cooked with gluten. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all companies to list food allergens on their labels, but unfortunately these labels do not tell consumers everything. You can ensure a complete gluten-free diet, if you buy fresh food and cook it yourself. Following are a list of gluten-free foods:

Grains and Flour: Gluten-free bread, biscuits, cakes and flour, made from whole grains are easily found in the market.

Fruit: They are naturally free, however you must be careful while cooking or buying prepackaged fruit, as their preservatives could have gluten. Fruits are best eaten raw.

Vegetables: Like fruits, vegetables are also gluten-free in their natural state. It’s the cooking medium that can add gluten to the vegetables. It is best to steam, boil, saute and even stir fry them using a gluten-free medium.

Dairy: Most milk products are gluten-free, but one must check the ingredients while purchasing cheese, butter and yogurt.

Meat and poultry: They are also gluten-free but the commercially prepared meat and poultry products have gluten in them. While cooking at home, it’s best to use gluten-free flour to make gravy for your food.

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Foods Containing Gluten:

According to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), two million Americans suffer from gluten allergy. It is believed that genetics has a major role in gluten intolerance. As said earlier, only prevention can aid in managing this allergy. Following is a list of some foods, one must avoid:

Barley
Rye
Wheat
Oats
Bulgur
Durum wheat
Semolina
Emmer/Farro wheat
Matzo flour
Udon
Spelt

Untreated gluten intolerance increases the risk of other autoimmune diseases including cancer. It could also lead to malnutrition, diabetes, lupus etc. It may seem a daunting task to differentiate between gluten and gluten-free foods, but the list for the latter is longer and it just takes a little awareness and planning to lead a healthy life.

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Important Tips for your Health, Personality, Social Life and your Life

Health:

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1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Make time to practice prayer, meditation and yoga.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2008.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.

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Personality

11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

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Society

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

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Life

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

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Nature Pharmacy

It seems that natureĀ  pharmacy or natural pharmacy really is what it is all about just check out these facts!!!


A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye…and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.


A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.



Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.


A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.



Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

C elery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.


Eggplant, Avocados and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? …. It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).


Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.



Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries



Grapefruits, Oranges, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.


Onions look like body cells. Today’s research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes

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