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  • Going Gluten Free? The Scoop.

    Posted on May 14, 2015 by Justin Vuono

    Gluten, once a term relatively few were aware of, is now fairly well known. Defined as an insoluble protein found in wheat, rye, and barley (1,2), it’s rise in the public’s conscious has provided a lot of benefit, helping many people get the diagnosis and help they need, although it is still estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten resulting in digestive disruptions, remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (3). Stated another way, according to a review  in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately 1.4 million out of 1.8 million people in the United States who have celiac disease don’t know it (4).
    Because there is as of yet no cure or help from medicine, the best way to cope and mend from the damage of celiac disease is by following a gluten free diet. Following such a diet can help reduce and reverse damage to the intestine and for some may even help lesson symptoms like diarrhea and weight loss within weeks (5). Calling the avoidance of gluten “necessary for mucosal recovery”, Dr. Joseph A. Murray, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN, also reminds us that recovery time and pace varies (5).
    But people suffering from Celiac Disease are not the only ones who feel that following a gluten free diet is helpful. There are many people who are believed to be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. Dr. Alessio Fasano, who runs the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland, believes that approximately 18 million Americans have some form of gluten sensitivity (6).
    And while people who are gluten intolerant or sensitive, may have symptoms which can manifest as rashes or bloating, may benefit from avoiding gluten, many other people who do not have Celiac disease and are not gluten intolerant have also decided to follow a gluten free diet believing that it is more healthful. Cynthia Kupper, executive director of the non-profit Gluten Intolerance Group of North America ( has asserted that even though only about 1% of customers have celiac disease, about 15% - 25% of customers want food that is free of gluten (7). And although some believe that these people may be feeling a difference just because they are eating more natural, less processed foods, it’s still estimated that by this year, sales of gluten free food will exceed 5 billion dollars (3).
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    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information

  • Vitamin D is a Hormone (Not a Vitamin) Best Taken at Night

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Heidi Strong

    A gluten sensitivity can impact the gut in many different ways; triggering inflammation, damaging the intestinal lining or triggering leaky gut. Gluten sensitivities not only impact the gut directly, these changes interfere with nutrient absorption. One common nutrient deficiency seen with gluten sensitivity is vitamin D deficiency.
    Often times the gut can be healed by pulling gluten, but vitamin D deficiency can be hard to recover.
    I often see a vitamin D supplement listed among the current supplements on my patient’s intake forms. After reviewing their past labs and assessing their dose, I don’t often see an appreciable increase reflected on their labs over time. They may have been taking 2000IU of vitamin D3 daily for the past two years and yet their labs only show a shift from 22ng/ml to 25ng/ml.
    What I find is that they are usually taking a vitamin D3 supplement in a soft capsule form, often called a ‘gem,’ and they are taking it in the morning and not in the evening.
    Many of my patients are surprised to learn that even though vitamin D is called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a hormone and not actually a vitamin. In fact, it is a fat soluble hormone.

    Since this is a hormone, it is best taken at night, because hormones are best absorbed at night.

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    If you have had your vitamin D levels tests, your doctor most likely tested your 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D levels. On your lab this will be listed as “Vitamin D (25 OH)” or “25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD),” or “25(OH)D,” but these are the same test. Even though the lab may report an adequate level of vitamin D as 25-30 ng/ml, the optimal vitamin D range is 45-65 ng/ml.
    In addition to talking a vitamin D3 liquid emulsion at night, taking the right dose to raise your Vitamin D (25 OH) levels up to your goal is also important. A few small studies have shown that 2000IU vitamin D3 taken over three months, will raise Vitamin D (25 OH) levels by 20ng/ml. This may be the reason that many doctors prescribe this dose. Clinically, this doesn’t play out. Some people will need a lot more vitamin D to raise their levels over time.
    If your Vitamin D (25 OH)...

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information

  • Product Spotlight: Lady Jane Fabulous Flap Jack mix

    Posted on November 4, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    When it comes to breakfast, there’s nothing better, or more classic, than pancakes. But sadly the words gluten free, pancakes and tasty don’t always go together.

    So you can imagine the trepidation of the Gluten-Free Saver team when Lady Jane’s Fabulous Flap Jack mix arrived for sampling. But we were happy to see that this product is aptly named. The pancakes were fabulous!

    The mix is griddle-ready in minutes — simply combine with dairy or non-dairy milk. The color of the batter is a little greener than classic flap jack mixes, but once the cakes start cooking they brown nicely. Once made, the pancakes have a nice, full texture and yummy grain taste.

    What I liked the most about these pancakes is that they aren’t full of empty calories or carbs. Because the mix is made with hemp, it’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Each serving has 18 amino acids, iron, magnesium and a full 13 grams of protein when prepared as directed.

    Plus, Lady Jane products are made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients. The mix is, of course, gluten free but also contains no nuts or soy.

    These flap jacks are the perfect way to enjoy a delicious breakfast and still get a nutritious start to the day. Now if only we could say the same for the syrup on top of the pancakes …

    Lady Jane’s Fabulous Flap Jack mix comes as a part of the exclusive Gluten-Free Saver variety pack of hemp products now available for just $33. Experience all that gluten-free hemp foods have to offer and instantly save more than 15%!

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information

  • Product Spotlight: Herbal Choice Mari

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    When it comes to skin care, it’s not just about how well the product works, but also how it’s made.

    After all, these are the products you put on the face you show the world.

    The Herbal Choice Mari skin care line created by Nature’s Brands is made with one philosophy in mind: what people put on the outside affects their insides. All of their products are made exclusively with earth- and plant-based ingredients.

    So when two items from the Herbal Choice Mari line arrived for the Gluten-Free Saver team to try, we knew we had two pure, natural products on our hands.

    Here’s what we tried:
    Herbal Choice Mari organic night cream
    Herbal Choice Mari organic skin rejuvenator for normal to oily skin

    Both products come in clean, durable glass packaging with all ingredients and skin care preparations listed on the bottle or jar.

    The organic skin rejuvenator has a light liquid texture, which makes it perfect for day use, but it can also be used at night. Its scent is flowery and sweet, but not overpowering. Just be sure to shake the bottle well before each use so that the oils are mixed evenly.

    The organic night cream seems heavy upon first glance but when it is rubbed into the skin, it has a light, milky texture that moisturizes quickly. The cream smells very earthy but that is not surprising for such a natural and healthy product.

    Overall, the Herbal Choice Mari skin care products are effective and well made. And most importantly, these are products you can trust.

    They are100% certified organic by the USDA and contain no chemicals, additives, fillers, sulfates, parabens, soy, corn or gluten. They are also vegan and certified cruelty free by the Leaping Bunny.

    And for a limited time only, you can try these products at a savings of 40% off the regular price. Receive both the organic skin rejuvenator and the organic night cream for just $34!

    Click here to take advantage of the exclusive offer on the Gluten-Free Saver.


    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information, Product Spotlight

  • Guest Blogger: Gluten Free Jenna

    Posted on June 23, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    Certified Personal Fitness Chef Jenna Drew has been active in the gluten free community since 2007.  She has written cookbooks, worked one-on-one with recently-diagnosed Celiacs and been recognized as a Celiac Awareness All-Star by the Celiac Support Association and National Foundation of Celiac Awareness.
    In October 2013, Jenna launched to provide weekly gluten free meal plans, grocery lists and recipes. After shopping and cooking gluten free for so many years, she has learned all the dos and don'ts of saving money and time at the grocery. Here are her quick tips on how to shop smarter.
    3 Ways to Save Time and Money When Shopping for Gluten Free Groceries
    Not only can going gluten free be confusing, but it’s also expensive!   A regular loaf of bread is about one dollar, but a loaf of gluten free bread can be as much as ten dollars! Plus, if you add up all of the time you spend reading ingredient labels, you can waste hours at the grocery every single week.
    Here are three easy ways to save time and money when shopping gluten free:
    Plan Meals Ahead
    Plan meals that will include leftovers that you can use for lunch or a snack later in the week.  This way you only have to cook once, and you have an extra meal ready to eat.  Planning ahead can help you save money on groceries, since you’ll be creatively using the ingredients and have less food go to waste.  If you hate being in the kitchen (or more likely the clean up after cooking), this is a great way to spend less time in the kitchen, too!
    Write a Shopping List
    The best way to save time and money at the grocery store is to write a shopping list.  If you stick to the list, then you can quickly make your way throughout the store, and it keeps you from buying those little extras that start adding up.
    Buy in Bulk
    One of the easiest ways to save money on gluten free foods is to buy staples in bulk.  While most of my diet is fresh meats, vegetables and fruits, there are some staples that can be bought in bulk like gluten free pasta, rice and quinoa.  Buying these ingredients can help you to save money.  Don’t think you’re going to go through an entire case of gluten free pasta this year? Find a friend at your local Celiac Support Association or post a flyer at...

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information, Product Spotlight, Menu Planning and was tagged with Gluten-Free Recipes, gluten free, Jenna Drew, grocery shopping, save money, meal plan, Celiac Awareness

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