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Gluten sensitivity and your DNA

Posted by Athletigen on Mon, Oct 22, 2018

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Your digestive system is a complex biological machine that breaks down the foods you eat, releasing energy and nutrients that ultimately provide fuel for your body.

We know how unique we are as individuals. Some people have an ‘iron stomach’ — you know, those who can eat everything under the sun without any type of digestive upset. Then there are those of us who have consistent, uncomfortable digestive issues — gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements (we’re all adults here, right?), etc. — that seem to come out of nowhere.

Here's the good news: small dietary changes are usually all that is needed to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these uncomfortable digestive symptoms. The bad news? In many cases, figuring out the trigger(s) of said symptoms requires more detective work than a Sherlock Holmes case.

Through DNA analysis, you can determine your risk for certain food sensitivities such as gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in cereal grains including wheat, rye, and barley. Baked goods rely on gluten to give elasticity of dough and to act as a glue to hold the food together. The HLA gene influences how your immune system identifies and responds to foreign proteins or microorganisms. Certain variants of this gene cause your body to misidentify gluten as a threat and activate tissue inflammation in your digestive system. This can damage the hair-like projections in your small intestine that absorb nutrients and cause digestive system discomfort.

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Do you want to know how your DNA impacts your food sensitivities? Athletigen has taken out some of the detective work for you and shown you your risk for certain food sensitivities. Time to take a giant step in identifying the causes of your digestive woes. Get Athletigen's Nutrition Report and find out what your nutritional needs are!

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