by Lindsay Sheehan
Gluten – which means “glue” in Latin – is a family of proteins found in cereal grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It is created when two cereal proteins, glutenin, and gliadin, join together. This bond is what makes dough elastic, allows baked goods to rise, and gives bread its chewy texture.
Although gluten is one of the most widely consumed proteins around the world, and humans have been eating wheat (and gluten) for at least 10,000 years, the rate of gluten-related disorders has quadrupled since 1950. And, as of yet, no one can explain with certainty why we are seeing a sudden rise of sensitivities to gluten-based foods.
To say that gluten is a complex and controversial topic is a huge understatement. Depending on...
Allergies & the Environment
Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or year-round allergy symptoms, allergies can take a real toll on your body, and get in the way of everyday quality living. Allergies affect an estimated 50 million people in the United States. The rate has been increasing every year. In fact, allergies are the fifth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. for people of all ages. It is also the third most common chronic illness in children under 18 years old.
Is it a cold or allergies? If you’ve been sneezing and suffering from a runny nose, coughing, or congestion, your first thought might be that you have a cold. However, sometimes symptoms can persist for much longer than we realize. That’s when you...
What is a seasonal allergy?
The definition of a seasonal allergy is an immune system reaction to a natural substance in the environment that occurs during a particular time of the year. The allergen, which triggers the allergy, "is released at a time point that's associated with the growth of a plant.
The difference between a seasonal allergy and other allergies
The difference between a seasonal allergy and other allergies is that a seasonal allergy will stop at some point, depending on where you live and the substance to which you're allergic, Shearer explains. It may be harder to tell when a seasonal allergy begins and ends in the South because the seasons blend into one another, whereas in the...