August 12, 2009

San Diego Celiacs

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Hey all you Anti-Glutites in San Diego!!!! I created a Facebook Group to hopefully be filled with discussions and such.

Check it out!

Happy eating, learning and living! Gluten Free...

August 11, 2009

Good Belly Probiotic WARNING!

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A few weeks back I found another Probiotic drink called Good Belly. They have several different flavors like, Strawberry Rosehips, Peach Mango, and Blueberry Acai. Although it was more expensive than Yakult it's Dairy-Free (the reason I was looking for a different probiotic). Good Belly is also Soy-Free, Wheat-Free and Vegan. Anyways, the taste was ok (Yakult was still way better tasting) and the Good Belly brand supposedly has 20 Billion Live and Active Cultures per serving. Great right?

 

WARNING!!!!! JUST BECAUSE A PACKAGE SAYS WHEAT-FREE DOESN'T MEAN ITS GLUTEN-FREE!!!!!

 

All I can say is AHHHHHHHHHHH! MAKE THE PAIN STOP PLEASE!!! OHHHH MY TUMMY! MAKE IT STOP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! AHHHHHHHH!

 

This particular "Good Belly" hurt my belly the same way my belly hurt when I was first diagnosed! I assumed (PLEASE DON'T EVER ASSUME TAKE THIS AS YOUR WARNING) that Wheat-Free wouldn't have gluten in it, so of course I didn't read the ingredients (ANOTHER WARNING READ THE INGREDIENTS EVEN IF IT SAYS WHEAT-FREE). I am still in pain from drinking the last one (of the 8 I drank in 8 consecutive days) 4 days ago. I honestly thought the pain was from eating potatoes or french fries, but that pain goes away at night!

 

If you have Celiac Disease I would strongly recommend that you stay FAR FAR away from these Good Belly Probiotics.

 

Happy eating, learning and living! Gluten-Free...

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disease of the small intestine. The small intestine is a 22 foot long tube that begins at the stomach and ends at the large intestine (colon). The first 1-1/2 feet of the small intestine (the part that is attached to the stomach) is called the duodenum, the middle part is called the jejunum, and the last part (the part that is attached to the colon) is called the ileum. Food empties from the stomach into the small intestine where it is digested and absorbed into the body. While food is being digested and absorbed, it is transported by the small intestine to the colon. What enters the colon is primarily undigested food. In celiac disease, there is an immunological (allergic) reaction within the inner lining of the small intestine to (gluten) that are present in wheat, rye, barley and, to a lesser extent, in oats. The immunological reaction causes inflammation that destroys the lining of the small intestine. This reduces the absorption of dietary nutrients and can lead to symptoms and signs of nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies.

I found this information at the link below.
http://www.medicinenet.com/celiac_disease/article.htm

BTW I dont claim to be an expert or doctor. This is information I have found or what has worked for me.