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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

More on Low carb diets and conditions they can treat and help aleviate symptoms

There are two huge factors that can inhibit weight loss among people besides insulin resistance and other metabolic issues, they are food sensitivities and overgrowth of Candida.
I will talk about one of the biggest food sensitivities that Dr. Schwarzbein discusses in her third book and suggests most people work with to determine if they have a problem, it is gluten allergies that can be mild, to full blown Celiacs disease. This affects about 1 in 30 American people, when they eat gluten it can make them very sick, and they can not loose weight, or feel better. You may have to stay off gluten the rest of your life! I you have English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Scandinavian, or Eastern European descent you are most likely to get it. (Boy do I fit those categories, scary thought!)

The symptoms of Celiac Disease can vary with each individual. They can range from no symptoms at all to severe gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If untreated, malnutrition can occur. If left untreated too long it can be life-threatening.

Symptoms do not always involve the digestive system. It can cause irritability, depression, muscle cramps, joint pain, fatigue, and menstrual irregularities, to name a few.

Reactions to ingestion of gluten can be immediate, or delayed for weeks or even months.

To treat it an individual must cut out all grains that include gluten, wheat, rye, barley, and oats. It can be found in condiments, starches, various flours. Some illnesses related to Celiac Disease are chronic active hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and IBD. Celiac is an intolerance to the protein gluten!

If you don't feel good eliminating gluten from your diet you may also have problem with casein, found in dairy products, you will need to eliminate both gluten and casein from your diet for at least 3 months, mostly 6 before you can start trying to add food in to see if you do have allergies or intolerances to the food.

Candida, is an over growth of yeast in the body, it is usually a normal flora, but in times of stress and illness it can grow unchecked. Dr. Atikins talks about it in his book, chapter 25. Here is a list of questions to ask if you think you may have trouble with Candida:

1. Do you suffer from gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea or abdominal cramps?

2. Do you suffer from sinus headaches or nasal congestion?

3. Do you often feel "spaced out" or "foggy"?

4. are you bothered by odors such as perfume or chemical fumes?

5. Do you feel worse on damp, humid days?

6. Are you often depressed, low or irritable?

7. Do your crave sweets and certain other foods?

8. Do you retain water or get puffy?

9. Is your energy low, even when you get enough sleep?

10 Do you get skin eruptions, hives, rashes and such?

11. Do you get rectal or vaginal itching?

12. Do you experience PMS, low sex drive, irregular menses or impotence?

13. Do you suffer from recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary symptoms?

14. Are you susceptible to a variety of infections?

What can provoke a Candida infection?

1. high sugar and high refined carbohydrate diet
2. Repeated courses of antibiotics(a total of more than 20 weeks in a lifetime, or more than 4 times a year- makes this more likely.
3. BCP, Fertility treatments, and other hormones
4. Prednisone and other steroids
5. Chronic and excessive emotional stress.
6. Any immune suppression condition.

What you eat can encourage candida overgrowth, sugar, fruit juice, milk, yeast and mold containing foods, including cheese except of mozzarella and cream cheese, vinegar, soy sauce, other fermented condiments, mushrooms, sauerkraut, sour cream, peanuts, cashews and pistachios(all nuts contain molds but these two are the worst offenders.), smoked or cured foods, vitamins that contain yeast, wine, beer and spirits.

That is some list isn't it? If you think candida is a problem you must research it and follow the dietary guidelines strictly, any variation can through you back to an overgrowth, and delay the cure.

something to think about, if you are having trouble loosing weight, or just don't feel well.


MomR said...

This all was very informative and interesting. Thanks for posting it.

Are you still feeling better? I hope so.

Téa said...

I have a friend whose son suffers from Celiac and she has sooo much trouble trying to keep him healthy. People just don't get it! One of her best head-shaking stories was when she talked to his primary teacher about what treats he could have and the teacher later gave him a cookie. When confronted by the mother, she said "But it doesn't have wheat in it--just flour!"

He has a special sacrament tray with gluten-free bread, he sits at a special table for lunch at school, he can't use most playdough, etc. It's been a real struggle and he's only 6 =/

He can eat Fritos, though, so I brought him those as a snack when they were moving.

Tigersue said...

wow, that is interesting. Our Bishop has a gluten intolerance, I'm not sure if it is celiac's or not, I don't think so, because I think he can eat oats. Yes he has a rice cracker he uses for the sacrament and they put it in a bag for him to take. It is sad, that many people don't understand. I didn't know the things that people with celiac's couldn't eat until a friend was diagnosed with it. IT is amazing the things that have gluten in it, or made from gluten products, she can't even use vinegar.