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In Response to ABC’s Nightline Gluten-Free Segment

Recently ABC’s Nightline did a piece titled “Is Gluten Free Healthy?” We at Neurogistics found this interview highly unprofessional, in that they talked more about the “fad” of gluten-free instead of the well documented benefits for many people; not just those with  disease.  They did not touch on individuals who have sensitivities to Gluten and whose guts are not working well.  Many studies confirm that gluten increases constipation in ones gut, thus decreasing absorption of nutrients.  We see that replacing gluten with rice or other options has benefited so many children and adults in creating optimal health. Pam Machemehl Helmly our Chief Science Officer and Clinical Nutritionist says ” For many Gluten is toxic and has a huge role in children’s behavior and overall health.”

Although Dr. Green makes a point in regards to Gluten free diets may lack in fiber and B vitamins, that is only true if you are not eating a well-balanced diet. It is more unhealthy to be getting all of your fiber and B vitamins from white flour, which Dr. Green says is where the Gluten-Free diet lacks in health benefits.  It is recommended before placing yourself or your child on a specific diet to get nutritional counseling, or even allergy and gut testing to identify these sensitivities and get proper dietary recommendations.  However, we have seen many more than only Celiac clients benefit from eliminating gluten from their diets. For some Gluten has an opiate like effect on the brain, and in children or adults who eat it we see an almost “drug-like” reaction. Intense cravings, mood swings, and uncontrollable behaviors can steam from gluten.

In Dr. Green’s defense, you can tell this was an incredibly short segment, and if time alloted I am certain he would explain in depth the benefits of gluten-free diets.

The blog by Gluten Free Fitness does a great job of analyzing the segment.  The author says ”

Overall, I was incredibly disappointed.  There has been so many great news pieces done on celiac disease and gluten intolerance lately that this was like a kick in the teeth.  “This was a wonderful opportunity for education and discussion on the beauty of naturally gluten free food, on the importance of eating ‘real food,’ how you CAN get nutrition in your diet, how celiac disease is under diagnosed, and it wasn’t that at all.” Read more here

 To watch the segment click here and let us know your thoughts.

In Good Health,

Emily Roberts MA, LPC

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The Power of Protein

By: Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Its 3 PM. Your starving, so you reach for that 100 calorie pack of starch to curb your hunger…and your not satisfied?  Well who would be, there is no protein in it, its all carbs.  We all know protein is important for keeping us full and keeping us strong.  However, studies find that most children are not getting enough and many adults fall short on their daily intake as well.  The reason this is so important, is without the rotation of different proteins and the quantity, out bodies will not make the natural amino acids that keep  us focused, stable, and happy. 

The Facts: Amino acids are the building blocks for Neurotransmitters; amino acids are created by our genetic make-up, but also our diet.  Protein and supplementation are the main sources of changing and increasing amino acid availability in ones body. 

Are You Getting Enough?: To calculate how much protein you need on a daily basis take your body weight in pounds and divide it by 2.2, this will give you amount in grams that your body needs at a minimum (unless otherwise noted by your doctor or other health professional).  For example:  140 pound woman needs approximately 64 grams per day.

Where to Get it:Nuts, lean meats, dairy products, soy, legumes, whey protein powder, and seafood are all great sources.  For kids a serving size is approximately 2 oz, depending on their weight. For adults a serving size is 4 to 6 oz.

Protein for Kids:  even for the pickiest eaters daily protein intake can be achieved.  This especially important when school starts and focus is needed.  In the morning try almond or peanut butter and toast, instead of a pop-tart or sugar filled pastry.  For a mid morning snack, freeze a yogurt and put it in their lunch box, it will be cold by the time snack-time rolls around.  For lunch, turkey and cheese roll-ups, rather than pizza. For dinner, adding in tofu or chicken to your child’s meal will increase their amino acid availability and keep them satisfied longer.

***If your child refuses, whey protein powder is easily hidden in smoothies, milk, and oatmeal.

Why Rotate?: If we eat the same thing everyday our body is going to get used to the amino acids in that food, making it difficult to create new strains of amino acids, thus less neurotransmitter availability.  Therefore, making changes in protein increases your availability to create new strains.  Simple fixes are, chose fish instead of chicken on your salad.  Add protein powder to your morning oatmeal instead of just milk, or try adding in a mid morning snack of yogurt and nuts.

So next time your starving, think about this, will that snack fill me up?  Adding in protein keeps you fuller, longer, carbs alone will leave you feeling hungry and tired.  Instead of that bag of chips try a bag of trail mix, or cheese and crackers .  You will find yourself more focused, in a better mood, and best of all SATISFIED.

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