Oatmeal for Breakfast may NOT be Good For You
— By Elena Michaels PhD, CCH, LMFT
Often people think they are “eating healthy” when they are actually contributing to pain, inflammation, digestive symptoms, blood sugar issues and even mood and cognitive dysfunction!
“Oatmeal for breakfast” is a common misconception about eating healthy. If a person is gluten-sensitive, having oatmeal for breakfast (a gluten grain) is not a good idea. Advertisements promote it as being beneficial but doing our own research is better than believing what we see on TV or read in magazines and books.
Some symptoms of gluten sensitivity are listed in the first paragraph of this article but there are many others. Eliminating gluten completely and seeing how you feel after one month is an easy and inexpensive way to see how gluten affects you. However, you may not feel much different as some experts say that one gluten exposure will cause the body to be in “inflammatory mode” from that one exposure, for the next 6-9 months! Gluten sensitivity is often present with thyroid issues, depression and anxiety, weight gain, blood sugar issues (either low or high blood sugar) and other symptoms.
This is perfect example of WHY it is important to remember that we are each individuals and different foods, nutrients, herbs and supplements can affect us all differently. Finding out exactly WHAT our body needs to function at it’s best is the more effective way to enhance our immunity, our vitality, our hormone balance and our brain function.
In my office, this is what we do. The suggestions are very specific, the tests are very accurate and people feel better…sometimes within a day or two! Again, everyone is different and unique but it is wonderful to hear from someone that after months of insomnia they are sleeping…within a couple of days of making adjustments! Hearing that a menopausal woman feels clear and balanced after months of feeling foggy and depressed, inspires me even more to help others feel better!
Sometimes people take supplements or eat foods (like oatmeal) that they think is “good for them”. But without knowing whether or not the item can be processed by THEIR body, they could be continuing the cascade of inflammation which is slowing them down, creating other symptoms!
If you or someone you know wants to feel better, function more effectively, be happier and find out what works for their body, getting specific information from a well-trained clinician can make all the difference!
Dr. Elena Michaels is a Doctor of Natural Health, Solution-Focused Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been helping others create health, balance and joy for more than 3 decades. She can be reached at 661.250.4395, www.DrElena.com or Elena@DrElena.com or www.facebook.com/DrElenaMichaels