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Gastrointestinal problems are among the most common complaints heard by doctors today. Still, many people fail to look beyond the symptoms when seeking relief, and as a result problems can worsen over time. Knowing that roughly 80 percent of our natural immune defenses are found in the digestive tract, it is time to reconsider how we deal with digestive issues—and with that comes getting a better understanding of certain things that can affect a healthy gut.
If you have persistent gas and bloating, abdominal pain, or chronic constipation or diarrhea, here’s something you should know: More and more Americans are finding out that sensitivity to gluten may be at the root of their problems. But is it just gluten sensitivity or is it celiac disease? And what’s the difference? The following is a brief overview:
Gluten sensitivity is a broad term used to include many different types of sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat. People who are sensitive to gluten may experience a wide range of symptoms, from mild inflammation of the intestinal lining to abdominal discomfort and occasional irritable bowel, but not everyone with gluten sensitivity develops celiac disease (those who don’t are considered Non-celiac Gluten Sensitive, or NCGS).
However, people with gluten sensitivity may be experiencing the beginning stages of celiac disease. In essence, gluten sensitivity implies that the immune system cannot tolerate gluten in the diet. As a result, it forms protective antibodies to try to neutralize the gluten, in the same way it reacts to harmful bacteria or viruses. When these autoimmune reactions cause intestinal damage, a person is then considered to have celiac disease.
Celiac disease is genetic and in some cases may be triggered by a traumatic physical or emotional event. More than 2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which can include severe abdominal pain and bloating, chronic diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, fatigue, and in some cases even severe anxiety and depression, skin problems, as well as bone and joint pain.
The bottom line is this: If you have unexplained, persistent gastrointestinal issues and you and your doctor can’t seem to figure out why, gluten sensitivity may be the culprit. The best way to determine if you are truly gluten sensitive or if you have celiac disease is to have a simple stool test performed. Visit www.enterolab.com to find out more, and once you have the results you and your health care practitioner can take the next step toward better gastrointestinal health.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see digestive care expert Brenda Watson live and in person? Now is your chance! On Saturday, June 26th Brenda will be taping her newest PBS television special, The Road to Perfect Health with Brenda Watson, and we’d like you to come and be a part of the audience.
Bring your friends and family, and join Brenda as she helps you understand why a balanced digestive system is the key to achieving the vibrant, lasting health you deserve. She’ll explore how so many health problems–from depression, arthritis, heartburn and diabetes to parasites, allergies, skin problems and many more–can all be connected back to an unhealthy, out-of-balanced gut. So don’t miss this incredibly informative, eye-opening experience! But hurry—seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP soon.
What: Brenda Watson’s Gut Connections Taping
When: Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 1300 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607
RSVP: Call Jerry @ (727) 450-1061 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Attire: Business casual; no jeans or t-shirts please.
Refreshments: Food and beverages will be provided.