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Gluten Intolerance Rising
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Xylitol Side Effect
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Calcium: Too Much of a Good Thing?
For years, we have warned clients as well as the public that, while calcium is quite beneficial, it can be create a host of health issues if not taken in a dose ideal for the individual.

Given the fact that many are taking higher doses of supplemental vitamin D (which greatly enhances the absorption of calcium), it is important to be vigilant when computing total calcium intake from food and supplements.

Calcium: Too Much of a Good Thing.

Gluten Intolerance Rising.
Is it our imagination or are gluten intolerance, and dietary disorders in general, increasingly in the news? Does this mean they're on the rise? The answers are yes and yes, according to experts.

"It is indeed well documented that all autoimmune (and allergic disorders) are on the rise worldwide, but limited to developed areas," said Stefano Guandalini, founder and medical director of University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, in an email interview. "In general it is safe to say that rates will double every 20 years or so."

Bonnie - and the rates will not stop rising as long as glutenous foods are a staple of our diet. The aforementioned quote recently appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I know Dr. Guandalini well. There are some very interesting tidbits here and I have added my comments where applicable.

Gluten Intolerance Rising.

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Xylitol Side Effect
A client asked this question and we thought it would be beneficial to share my response:

Q: Bonnie, what has your experience been with xylitol being a source of intolerance by some? How do the symptoms present themselves?

A: The most common symptoms are flatulence and loose stool. The alternative sweetener Xylitol has a laxative effect if consumed in excess. Moderation is key when consuming xylitol.

The other issue is that the source of most xylitol is corn. For corn intolerant individuals, this is not ideal. We only recommend Xylichew brand gum, for instance, because the source comes from birch bark, not corn.

In short, if xylitol presents these problems, lower the amount you consume or switch to stevia products.

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Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.