by Ann Hutyra
Being gluten free is pretty commonplace these days. We likely all know someone who is gluten free, or maybe you’re gluten free yourself. More and more people are making the choice to remove wheat and gluten from their diet, mainly because they find out they just feel better when they do.
So what’s the big deal with gluten anyway?
Let’s start with understanding what gluten actually is. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Over time, different farming practices combined with genetic modification of these grains has caused the gluten protein to grow in size. Many scientists and experts believe this is the reason that so many people are developing gluten sensitivities, intolerances, and even celiac disease. There’s also the glyphosate factor, and the excessive use of this pesticide is linked to wheat and other food sensitivities (but that’s a whole other conversation!)
The latest statistics say 7 in 10 people have a reaction to gluten, and most don’t know because they don’t have immediate symptoms they can correlate with gluten ingestion. Meaning, they eat it, and don’t get sick right away — so they think all is well with gluten. That is just not true for most people — 70% of people to be more precise.
Did you know there are more than 300 symptoms that can be associated with a gluten reaction? They include:
● Headaches and migraines
● Constipation or diarrhea or BOTH alternating
● Chronic fatigue
● Depression & anxiety
● Inability to lose (or gain) weight
● Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, etc.)
● Thyroid problems
● Hormone imbalance
● Joint pain & body pain
● Nutrient deficiencies
● And MANY, MANY more….
I tell my clients all the time — consider that GLUTEN is a major root cause of your symptoms and inability to heal. And I often get the same answers…
“I’ve already tried going gluten free for a few weeks and didn’t feel any better….” or
“I have been about 95% gluten free for years, and my symptoms haven’t changed…”
I really can’t tell you how many times I have heard variations of those responses. Very simply put, being 95% gluten free is NOT enough to calm an inflammatory response from gluten, and 2 weeks (even two months) is not nearly long enough in the majority of cases for that inflammatory response to calm down.
Did you know that it takes an amount as small as a few breadcrumbs of gluten to cause an inflammatory response in the body? A few breadcrumbs! That’s a tiny amount.
Did you also know that an inflammatory response from gluten can last up to 6 months? Meaning, if you have just a few breadcrumbs every 5 to 6 months, you are restarting that inflammatory cycle every time. The body never gets a chance to calm the immune response and shift to healing if you’re 95% gluten free. With a gluten free lifestyle — either you’re gluten free or not, there’s no gray area.
Going 100% gluten free, even checking to make sure there’s no gluten in your body care and makeup products, will always be what I recommend to my clients with any level of gluten sensitivity.
If you find yourself needing some help with adopting a fully gluten free lifestyle, we can help!
After a Celiac diagnosis of my own, It has become my passion to help other people have an easier transition into a gluten free lifestyle — in fact, I am so passionate about it — I have taken all the tips and tricks I have learned over the past 10 years and compiled that into an easy 8-week course for you!
I am so excited to announce the launch of “Gluten Freedom: An 8-Week Journey to Eliminating Gluten and Reclaiming Your Health.”
This 8-week program will take you through all you need to know to be successful at a gluten free lifestyle, including:
● What to eat and not eat
● What products are safe to eat
● Why some gluten free labeled products are NOT safe
● How to label read for gluten (you’ll never see the word gluten in an ingredient list!)
Why your body care needs to be gluten free
● What symptoms can be associated with gluten sensitivity
● What testing option is my favorite
● Why prebiotics are crucial, and how to get them through food
● Why pathogenic infection is so common with gluten sensitivity and how to address it
● How to ultimately heal your gut
● And so much more!
“Gluten Freedom: An 8-Week Journey to Eliminating Gluten and Reclaiming Your Health” is available for you to purchase starting today, for the special “Early Bird” price of only $77! This is a special introductory price and won’t be available for long. As part of the course, one module will be available each week for you to watch at your own pace, starting on June 24th. You can learn more here…
I am really excited for you to join me on this journey and learn how adopting a gluten free lifestyle can be life changing without having to be complicated. I’ll see you in class!
(For established clients)
Not sure WHO to book with? No Problem! Here at MHH we have an AMAZING team of coaches and EVERY ONE OF OUR COACHES can help you with ANY of your conditions, so just pick the one that has availability on the day and time that works best for you.
Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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