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Today we offer an alternative to unhealthy breakfast & protein bars. Dr. Claudia Pillow, Hail Merry brand ambassador, discusses how autoimmune diseases are triggered by leaky gut syndrome and the harmful effects of gluten on the body. Find out more information on these topics and enjoy her quick & easy “leaky gut” fighting breakfast recipe below.

More and more people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, the most undiagnosed disorder in America. Celiac disease is a digestive autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten (the protein found in wheat, rye and barley) and is 400% more prevalent today than 40 years ago. In fact, most autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Autoimmune diseases are disorders in which the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and deformity of joints, is on the rise among women after decades of decline. The list goes on: type-1 diabetes, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and ulcerative colitis.

A growing body of evidence suggests that virtually the same trio of factors underpins most, and perhaps all, autoimmune diseases: an environmental substance that is presented to the body (in the case of celiac disease the trigger is gluten), a genetically based tendency of the immune system to overreact to the substance, and an unusually permeable gut due to chronic inflammation from the foods we eat.

Gluten is a major cause of inflammation in the gut because the protein is difficult to fully digest. Once diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, it is important to eat a gluten-free anti-inflammatory diet, so that your leaky gut can heal. A gluten-free diet isn’t always easy, especially for professional athletes on the go. It is important for breakfast to have both complex carbohydrates (for energy) and protein (to control hunger).

Here is my favorite 5 minute “Leaky Gut Healing” gluten-free breakfast on the go:

  • 1/3 cup Hail Merry Grawnola (130 calories & 2 grams fiber)
  • 1 small banana, 5″ long, sliced thin (75 calories & 3 grams fiber)
  • 6 ounces plain organic yogurt- milk, soy or coconut (100 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (60 calories & 4 grams fiber)
  • ground cinnamon to taste

This delicious breakfast weighs in at 365 calories, 17 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber and is a gut healing way to start any day. Not only do buckwheat groats lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, but they enhance our immune response to fight bacterial infection. Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium, plus they are full of soluble fiber and probiotics that help contribute to a healthy gut. Cranberries contain components called anthocyanins that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Flax contains anti-inflammatory healthy omega-3 fats and beneficial fiber. Cinnamon has been used for centuries to help stop the growth of bacteria, fungi and Candida, all sources of problems for leaky gut syndrome. Almonds provide fiber, heart healthy fats, and help balance acidity in the body. The yogurt provides 30% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and beneficial gut bacteria. In addition, this breakfast is low in carbohydrates so it is safe for diabetics.

Trade up to higher health and start your day with fresh gluten-free from Hail Merry-Trust & Purity in every bite.

This advice is courtesy of Hail Merry®, the Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free snack brand that features healthy organic raw plant based oils and delivers superior taste and purity. The company is a women-owned certified business (WBENC) guided by experienced leaders who value healing foods and are dedicated to ingredient integrity. At Hail Merry, we believe sharing a journey to higher health is the path to a better world. Hail Merry is sold nationally at Whole Foods Market, Central Market, Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage and other natural foods retailers. Hail Merry® is also available at airports, stadiums, convention centers, colleges/universities and national hotels, such as Omni Hotels & Resorts.