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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that can have a profound negative impact on your health. Gluten is the “glue” that makes bread and dough sticky. It is found in breads, cakes, cookies, pies, bagels, cereals, sauces and gravies, frozen dinners, pasta, boxed rice mixes, soy sauce, beer—the list goes on and on. Eating gluten and gluten containing products, in those of us who are sensitive or intolerant to it, causes inflammation in the intestines and atrophy of the villi lining the intestines that are responsible for absorbing nutrients. This causes your body to be unable to absorb essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats from the food you eat and the supplements you take. If your body can not absorb these critical nutrients, it will not function properly—regardless of how well you eat or how many supplements you ingest! If you are sensitive to gluten, this will cause your immune system to attack your body, whether it is your thyroid, your joints, your connective tissue, your intestines etc. Stated another way, gluten sensitivity leads to chronic gut inflammation, leaky gut and ultimately autoimmune disease.

Women's BestHealth is a functional medicine and nutritional health center specializing in women's health issues and wellness. Dr. Marianne Beck, founder and director, provides natural treatment for menopause, perimenopause, adrenal fatigue/stress, thyroid problems, Hashimoto's, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal problems and autoimmune disease. We offer our services locally in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

Serving: South Florida (South Fl), Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Sunrise, Oakland park, Pompano Beach, Deerfield, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Miramar, Coral Springs, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Coconut Creek, Weston, Hollywood, Plantation, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens. Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

Marianne Beck, D.C., Functional Medicine Practitioner and Director, Women's BestHealth