Carolyn Mein, D.C.
The 25 Body Type SystemTM
July 18, 2014
Issue No. 13
With the increasing concerns about Gluten sensitivity, this month I provide some education on what Gluten is and what its effects are. Does it affect all body types the same? Read more below.
This month I highlight the Lung body type, including one of the core emotional issues and how to resolve it.
Finally I present some supplements to help with Gluten digestion. With summer in full swing I also wish to remind readers about 3rd Rock Sunblock, a safe and toxin-free alternative for skin protection.
I hope and trust that all topics I present this month help you to enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Health and Happiness,
Dr. Carolyn Mein
In This Issue:
|Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for Me?|
Are you better off avoiding gluten, or is the gluten-free diet just the latest fad? As more and more restaurants offer gluten-free selections, and gluten-free diet books fill bookstore shelves, I decided to provide my readers with an objective analysis.
What is Gluten?
Gluten, named after the Latin word for glue, is formed from proteins found in wheat which gives dough its elasticity and ability to rise. It is also found in barley, rye and similar grains to a lesser degree.
Is Gluten natural?
Gluten is not naturally present in a wheat or other grain. It is produced when water is added to a flour made from these grains. The proteins glutenin and gliain, both present in the flour, combine with water and kneading to form gluten.
What foods contain Gluten?
Gluten is found in a wide variety of foods made with wheat, wheat flour, barley, or rye. Obviously it is found in most breads, cereals, and bread products such as pizza, pasta and crackers.
It is also used to make artificial meats due to its textural qualities. Gluten is often present in beer and soy sauce. However, it is also used as a stabilizing element in unexpected foods including ice cream and ketchup.
Who is affected by eating Gluten?
People with Celiac Disease are strongly affected by Gluten. Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder that affects roughly two million Americans. It is a genetically inherited autoimmune system disorder. The symptoms of Celiac Disease include bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea. It causes the immune system to react to Gluten in a way that damages the villi of the small intestine, which absorb nutrients from food. Without healthy villi, the body will eventually become malnourished. Malnutrition, over time, can lead to more serious health conditions.
Research is ongoing to determine whether long term damage to the small intestine can be caused by gluten. While there is no cure for Celiac Disease, it is manageable with a gluten-free diet.
There is also a “gluten sensitivity” which affects people without Celiac Disease. This is classified as an intolerance, not an allergy.
In addition, many are prone to wheat allergies. Wheat contains many potential allergens in addition to gluten.
What are the effects of eating Gluten?
Most people experience some degree of gut inflammation upon consuming Gluten. For others with certain conditions, the symptoms are much more severe.
Why does the body react to Gluten?
In most people, the body does not recognize Gluten as a known protein, but as a foreign body no different from a virus. The immune system automatically responds by producing antibodies to combat the Gluten and protect the body.
Does Gluten affect all body types?
While all body types can be intolerant of gluten and can develop Celiac Disease, there are two of the 25 body types that when healthy, can eat refined wheat bread 3 to 7 meals per week, and two that can handle whole wheat bread just as frequently. The two body types that can eat refined wheat bread more than twice a week are the Eye and Kidney body types. The one type that should not eat refined wheat bread more than once a month is Pituitary. We have been told that whole wheat bread is better for us than refined wheat, but of the 25 body types, there are only two, Stomach and Intestinal, that thrive on eating whole wheat bread for 3 to 7 meals per week. Nearly half - 12 out of 25 body types - should not eat whole wheat bread more than once a month, if at all.
Rye bread fared better with 5 body types able to eat it more than twice a week: Heart, Pancreas, Spleen, Thalamus and Thymus, with only one, Hypothalamus at once a month or less. The rest of the body types can eat rye bread 1 to 2 times per week.
Bread is an integral part of the western diet and eliminating it can be difficult. If you are not experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms, rotating the kinds of breads you are eating like: sourdough, French, rye, sprouted grain, oat, Italian, others listed on your profile, and eating each one 1 to 2 times per week will give your body the variety you need and minimize the development of a food sensitivity.
How do I know if a food product contains Gluten?
In the USA, the FDA classifies gluten as GRAS (“generally recognized as safe”) and does not require special labeling. They ruled in August 2013 that the term “gluten-free” may be voluntarily labeled on products with less than 20 ppm Gluten.
What can I do to limit the effects of Gluten on my body?
If you are wanting to lose weight or have digestive sensitivities, it is best to eliminate breads and focus on grains like rice, oats, amaranth or quinoa, and starchy vegetables for your carbohydrates.
In order for a food to be a food, it must contain fat, carbohydrate and protein. We place foods in one of these three categories based on which component has the highest percentage, so there is a great deal of overlapping. Salt is essential to digest protein, which is why we typically salt meat while we are cooking it. The salt I like the best is Pink Salt because of the abundance of naturally occurring minerals present along with the sodium. I have found that adding Pink Salt to foods that have been salted with other salt will reduce the stress to the body as demonstrated on this video.
If you do not digest fats, you will not digest protein or carbohydrates, which is why you will often crave something that contains fat and sugar at the end of a meal, like a pastry, pudding or ice cream. One of the best products I have found to digest fats is Bilemin. It was formulated specifically for people who have had their gallbladder removed, and works exceptionally well on those who could use increased gallbladder function for fat digestion.
When you are eating out, or can't get the quality of food you would like, it is helpful to add a teaspoon of Tocotriene Ultra to your food. It is a powder, so it mixes in with the rest of your meal. Being a rice bran base, it contains 100 natural anti-oxidants and helps to maintain blood lipid and blood glucose levels.
What do you do when you know you will be eating foods that are not the most supportive for you? There is a product, Velumina, which is a colostrum base, that raises the frequency of the food it comes in contact with. It is a powder that is mixed with water and drank before the meal. I found it very useful when traveling and eating where you don't know what is in the food.
|Essential Oil of the Month: Harmony|
Harmony Essential Oil promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing harmonic balance to the body’s energy centers.
Stubborn is one of the core emotional issues of the Lung body type, and this emotional pattern can be released using Harmony Essential Oil with the affirmation “I am flexible”. The other side of Stubborn is Flexible. For more on releasing emotional patterns, see the video below.
Harmony can be used aromatically by diffusing. It can also be applied to ears, forehead, bottoms of the feet, over the heart, at the base of the neck, or at the back of the head. It can also be applied to areas of poor circulation. Those with the most sensitive skin may experience slight skin sensitivity to this oil.
Harmony is a blend containing lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, frankincense, orange, angelica, geranium, hyssop, spruce, Spanish sage, rosewood, lemon, jasmine, Roman chamomile, bergamot, palmarosa, and rose.
Harmony is one of the 12 essential oils included in the Peaceful Warrior Kit.
For more information about this oil, visit the Young Living Website.
To view a video demonstration for using essential oils to release emotional patterns, click below: For more about working with essential oils, see Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils (2014 Edition), also available on Amazon.com in paperback, and available for Amazon Kindle.
For more about the Peppermint Essential Oil, vist the Young Living website.
|Are You a Lung Body Type?|
You might be a Lung Body Type if:
If this sounds like you, you may be a Lung Body Type!
Lung Body Type celebrities include Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford, John Denver, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Learn more about the Lung Body Type
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