For some, the gluten-less living of so many of us Los Angelenos may seem as vapid as our collective Snapchat presence. But behind the trending that happens when a star touts the benefits of their new way of life, there’s a whole population of folks who need to avoid gluten for serious health reasons. While gluten sensitivity may sound foreign (and maybe even feigned) to some, the epidemic of modern health woes rooted in inflammation caused by glutenous foods is all too real.
Actress Zoe Saldana recently opened up to Net-A-Porter’s The Edit about being diagnosed with the autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, is often found in relation to gluten sensitivity. “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” Zoe explained to The Edit. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”
We love that Saldana is bringing up the issue and giving those who are suffering but are undiagnosed a little food for thought. Hashimoto’s is a treatable condition – over twenty-million Americans are reported to have it – but subduing the symptoms often requires nixing gluten and dairy. For people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, gluten and dairy can cause inflammation (and a whole slew of problems because of it) and often leads to Hypothyroidism.
If you’ve ever wondered about these gluten-related conditions and how to manage them, first, consult with your physician. Get the proper medical consult you need, then check out some of our suggested resources to learn more…
A personal journey with Hashimoto’s Health counselor Jessi Heinz walks us through her healing journey with Hashimoto’s disease. Read here
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HYPOTHYROIDISM Eating Clean, Amie Valpone, spent a decade navigating her way from chronic illness to holistic wellness. Read here
WHAT TO DO ABOUT GLUTEN INTOLERANCE Amie valpone walks us through the first five steps to start going gluten-free. Read here
naturally gluten-free foods list Grains, pastas and condiments that are naturally free from gluten and ready to eat. Read here
Gluten-Free Recipes Galore Explore all our cake, pasta, muffin and waffles recipes that are totally gluten-free and completely amazing. Read here
What do you think of the gluten-free movement? Have you had any success in managing your gluten sensitivity? And what do you think of celebrities talking about their diets?
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