Gluten Sensitivity, Wheat Allergy &
Celiac Disease

While it is easy to dismiss eating gluten-free as a “new-age fad” it is very real and backed by a significant amount of science that demonstrates the detrimental effects on one’s health.  Not so many years ago, eating gluten-free was reserved for an obscure cluster of people who were forced to settle for wannabe foods that resembled sawdust – lacking taste.  Julie knows because she was one of these people. She has been gluten-free since 2003 and today has lots of company. The gluten-free movement is sweeping the nation for lots of reasons. The one that stands out the most is when people give up consuming gluten they simply feel better!
“An estimated 99% of people who have a problem with eating gluten – don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else – not gluten sensitivity, which is 100% curable.”
Mark Hyman, MD

Why Gluten is Inflammatory and Difficult to Digest 

Gluten is a combination of protein molecules found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and triticale which make up the bulk of most commercial breads, crackers, baking flours, and pastas. Since gluten is such a large molecule it’s very difficult to digest, which makes it highly irritating and inflammatory for anyone to consume. American wheat, bred to dramatically boost its glueyness (gluten), is the most indigestible type and human bodies were not designed to handle the high quantity of gluten found in today’s foods.

It's More than a Digestive Problem

Gluten sensitivity, also called gluten intolerance, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is currently estimated to affect 80% of Americans. Despite what most people think, gluten intolerance and celiac disease is more than just a digestive problem. Research finds that gluten consumption can negatively affect almost every cell, tissue, and system in the body since the bacteria that populate the gut help control everything from nutrient absorption and hormone production to metabolic function and cognitive processes.
Food is supposed to give us energy and make us feel good. But, when we eat food our body can’t digest – it sometimes has a not-so-subtle way of telling us to knock it off by causing gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping or nausea – even things that don’t seem associated with our gut like hair loss, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, brain fog, joint and muscle pain, nosebleeds, mouth ulcers, insomnia, and respiratory distress. Those – and approximately 150 other conditions have been linked to gluten sensitivity. 

Areas Commonly Affected


Muscle pain and wasting, Joint pain, Osteoporosis, Myopathy…


Neuropathy, Depression, Anxiety, Ataxia, Bipolar, ADHD, Seizures,  Dementia...


Allopecia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Hepatitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac, Hashimoto’s, Addison’s, Diabetes, Scleroderma, Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Grave's Disease... 
Many of these conditions affect tissues outside of the GI tract and include:

Skin & Hair 

Acne, Hair Loss, Psoriasis, Eczema, , Seborrhea, Rosacea, Hives...


GERD, Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Leaky Gut, IBS, Candida, H Pylori, Acid Reflux, Food reactions…


Infertility, Miscarriages...

The idea that eliminating one thing from your diet – gluten – could improve so many different conditions is hard to believe!

It’s true – Julie knows from experience! The research makes sense when you realize what it’s doing to your body…

Did you know...

Besides being difficult to digest or process, gluten consumption frequently causes the immune system to react and cause an autoimmune response. The body is unable to distinguish gluten from normal body tissues causing inflammation and damage. The body attacks the micro-villi on the lining of the small intestine. Villi are very tiny fingers that increase the surface area of the small intestine so it can absorb and assimilate nutrients from food we eat. Antibodies (molecules that destroy bacteria, viruses or other harmful toxins) triggered by gluten cause villi to flatten. Once they flatten, the villi are no longer able to absorb nutrients. This goes on to impact the entire body, which is why gluten reactions vary wildly and symptoms often seem unrelated. This story has a happy ending! The villi are tenacious little things, and when you quit eating gluten, they begin to heal and start absorbing nutrients.

Look for the Gluten Certified Seal

To be classified as “Certified Gluten-Free,” the food or beverage must contain less than 30 parts per million of gluten. However, those who suffer from Celiac disease have been known to develop reactions caused by foods with gluten levels as low as 3 parts per million. There are many hidden sources of gluten, especially in packaged products. It’s important to look for the Certified Gluten-Free seal!

Fortitude Functional Nutrition takes gluten issues very seriously since it can be a catalyst for many chronic conditions, problems, and illnesses. They utilize advanced functional testing that goes further than mainstream tests which commonly miss gluten sensitivity, intolerance, or allergy as they did with Julie.

Working with a Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner Can Change Your Life

Fortitude Functional Nutrition offers a wide range of resources to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle. As a Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner (CGP) and gluten-free since 2003, Julie will guide, support and educate you for long-term success! Her tips and tricks of eating delicious and healthy gluten-free food at home, on the road and in restaurants, will allow your body to heal, regain energy and thrive for the long term. To answer your questions or any concerns about how gluten may be affecting you, schedule a FREE consultation below.

How we can help

Like other health conditions, there are so many protocols, nutritional and supplement plans online that all this information can be overwhelming and paralyzing. Our approach figures out which one is best for you. By incorporating our detailed intake questionnaire, nutrient assessment, personalized protocol, customized food plan and targeted supplement program, we’ll provide you with actionable steps you can take to support and rebalance your gut and immune system to get your body’s defense force back into action.


Functional labs to dig deeper to understand exactly what is contributing to your body's dysregulation linked to not being able to tolerate gluten.

5-R Program

Determine your imbalances and work together to strengthen your body’s recovery by completing each phase successfully.

Personalized Protocol

Connecting the dots between your symptoms, history and lab results is key to creating the best protocol tailored to your body, needs and goals.

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