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Q: Should I go gluten-free?  ~Steve N.

A:  Gluten-free diets are on the rise and are the new “fad” diet among celebrities and the general public.   Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat.  If you have a gluten allergy your body will react to one or more of the proteins: albumin, globulin, gliadin, and gluten.  When you have a gluten allergy, your immune system is being attacked, thus causing unwanted gastrointestinal discomfort.  For those who suffer, eliminating gluten from your diet will cause a spike in energy and relief from these symptoms.   If you don’t have an allergy, going gluten-free won’t necessarily help you lose weight, nor will it enhance sports performance.  Packaged gluten-free foods are often high in fat, trans fat, and sugar.   It is very important for you to simply listen to your body and see how it reacts to gluten.  Shopping the perimeter of your grocery store leaves you more prone to buying fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, and eliminating the unnecessary packaged goods.

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About Julie Bryant

I am a Graduate from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor in Nutrition. With a passion in health & wellness I continued to pursue Personal Training with ISSA & AFAA. I work with adults & children to reach their health goals in areas such as weight loss, sports training, reducing food cravings, proper nutrition and maximizing energy. The key is to help the individual understand a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best and implement lasting changes to create a healthy lifestyle.

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