When your labs are “normal”… but you don’t feel normal

When your labs are “normal”… but you don’t feel normal

Have you ever been to the doctor and gotten your labs run, just to be told everything is “normal”? Maybe it was on in your journey toward getting a diagnosis when doctors were testing for everything BUT celiac (ask me how I know!). Or maybe you’ve been gluten-free for awhile now but have lingering digestive…

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Wheatgrass and barley grass powders are showing up in many products, from drink mixes to protein powders to snack bars. They’re high in vitamins and minerals, can have blood sugar balancing effects, and may be immune-supportive based on the high chlorophyll content. But are they safe for those on a gluten-free diet? Wheat and barley…

What causes celiac disease?

What causes celiac disease?

Have you ever wondered what caused your celiac disease? After all, how can you have a happy and healthy relationship with gluten for years before it suddenly turns on you? Currently, there are 4 major elements that the medical literature suggests as necessary to ignite the autoimmune disease : Genetics, environmental triggers, intestinal permeability (known…

How do I know if I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance)?

How do I know if I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance)?

One of the most common questions I come across is, “how do I know if I have non-celiac gluten-sensitivity (NCGS)?” While celiac disease is estimated to account for about 1% of the population, NCGS is estimated to affect 6%. Celiac is a genetic autoimmune disease, while NCGS is a food sensitivity, meaning that each condition…

How Probiotics Work (and a tip to optimize probiotic use!)

How Probiotics Work (and a tip to optimize probiotic use!)

Did you know that in most cases probiotics don’t take up permanent residence in our gut? That’s right, they act more like house guests that come and go. That means the benefits of probiotics only last as long as we’re actually using them! If this isn’t how you pictured it working, hopefully the little visual…

Stress and Gut Health: How it Works and How to Check-In

Stress and Gut Health: How it Works and How to Check-In

This year has been a historically stressful one, to say the least. Many of us have felt it in our gut. Literally. That’s because stress has a significant impact on gut health. The medical literature continues to confirm that the gut-brain axis is very real. Chemical messengers are traveling back and forth all day long…