Episode 20: Should Everyone Eat Gluten Free? The Health Impacts, Symptoms & Solutions You Need To Know About – with Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LDN

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Continuing our last conversation from episode 16 with Brigid all about the imperative role our gut health plays in our overall health, mood, and well-being. This week – we’re focusing in on GLUTEN & why so many people are experiencing improved health once going “gluten free”, the right way.

As the saying goes – “you are what you eat”. But, now we know, it’s actually more about what you “absorb” that makes you who you are.

Is gluten affecting all of us negatively, or is it just a small percentage of the population?

Should we all be eating gluten free?

Could you potentially be intolerant and not even know it?

We answer all of your questions and more, in this episode.

Listen on iTunes, +  Spotify, or directly using the player below.

Oh, & lucky for you – i found a link to that book Brigid was talking about 🙂

Kama Pootra: 52 Mind-Blowing Ways to Poop

In this Episode:

Food truly can have power over the way that you’re feeling. In more ways than one. & We don’t seem to understand things on a deeper level until it becomes personal and we get motivated to pay attention to it for ourselves. So we’re hoping this conversation will impact you before that’s the case for you.

  • Americans are predisposed to having increased issues & developing a sensitivity to gluten due to the “Standard American” diet and lifestyle – otherwise known as “the perfect storm” .
  • Only 50% of people with celiac disease will actually experience GI symptoms
  • The second most common symptom will be neurological – seizures, fatigue, headaches, migraine, mood disorders, cognitive decline.
  • Other Issues include: Autoimmune conditions, skin rashes, itchiness, redness and generalized inflammation (joints and body aches).
  • Osteoporosis especially in younger people is a huge red flag for celiac disease (& it may just be the underlying cause no one is aware of.)

critical conversations podcast - episode 20 - you are what you eat - diving into all things gluten


  • gluten is made up of 2 proteins – gliadin and glutenin
  • it’s found in things such as wheat, rye, barley, faro, spelt & even oats unless they’re certified gluten-free
  • wheat is processed differently in America compared to places like Europe & some people seem to tolerate gluten just fine, over seas.
  • can be linked to an inflammatory response that can cause leaky gut, digestive issues, skin rashes, etc.
  • increased levels of zonulin in our blood is a measurable serum marker linked  to leaky gut

Should you get tested for celiac disease if you think you’re sensitive to gluten? – Is there benefit to putting yourself through the testing? … Or is strictly avoiding gluten enough?

  • in order to get tested, you’ll have to start reintroducing gluten into your diet and then undergo a biopsy after 6 weeks of exposure without medications to help minimize the symptoms you might be experiencing.
  • there’s also genetic testing (95% of people with celiac will have at lest one of these markers and it’s something you’ll pass on.)
    • HLA – DQ2
    • HLA – DQ8
  • The Only Known  Solution – avoiding gluten 100% of the time. no matter what.
  • Celiac Disease has been linked to an increased susceptibility to a multitude of autoimmune diseases and chronic diseases
  • Most functional medicine doctors don’t recommend undergoing testing if you know avoiding gluten works for you – but it’s something to consider if you’re looking for answers to additional symptoms or issues you may be having and it may benefit your long term health, especially if you plan on having children.

(NCGS) non-celiac gluten sensitivity/intolerance:

  • caused by antibodies that are produced in your body, creating an immune response when you consume gluten. Ranging from digestive issues to brain fog, migraines, fatigue, skin rashes, and a multitude of other symptoms.
  • affects a large percentage of the population
  • a gluten allergy = celiac disease
  • NCGS can have an improvement in their symptoms after abstaining from gluten for 6 months & will demonstrate changes in IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies (decreased immune response) as well as a reduction in markers of epithelial cell damage
  • There are actual physiological changes happening each time you consume gluten, even if you don’t have symptoms but are considered intolerant or sensitive to the proteins.

Other factors that affect the lining of our gut:

  • Frequent use of antibiotics/prescription medications
  • Sterile cleaners & Overuse of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers
  • Not getting outside enough or getting exposed to a diverse microbiome
  • Processed, Packaged, Sterile Food
  • Inflammatory ingredients found in fast food and restaurant meals (aka eating out too much – there’s a reason we feel better when meals are made at home.)
  • Stress
  • Artificial Sweeteners or too much added sugar in our diet
  • Imbalances in our microbiome (caused by all of the above).

– Brigid answers it all in this episode. We also discuss:

  • The “correct way” to go gluten free.
  • The “HEALTH HALO EFFECT” you should be aware of.
  • The power of shifting away from current food norms in order to establish a wider variety of nutrition in your daily routine.


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Read More from Brigid – All Disease Begins in the Gut: The 5 Key Roles of a Healthy Gut

& tune in to listen to her additional episodes:

Episode 16: Is It Willpower, Or Is It Your Microbiome? Discussing The Foods & Lifestyle Habits That Are Effecting Our Gut Health On A Daily Basis – with Brigid Titgemeier

Episode 14: The Power of Functional Medicine & Nutrition with Brigid Titgemeier M.S., R.D.N, L.D aka @beingbrigid

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.


We’re here for you.


your host, Briana Reesing @CriticalConversations

Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LDN @beingbrigid




Episode 18: Plastics, Hormones, Weight Gain & The 6 Simple Steps To Take Your Power Back, with Jennifer Klotz, MS, RDN, LDN

Do you or anyone you know struggle with thyroid disorders, autoimmune conditions, behavioral/mood disorders (ADHD), asthma, skin issues, brain fog, hormone imbalances, infertility, PCOS, heart disease, weight gain, or metabolic issues?

These are all statistically significant problems in our country. Good news is, there’s plenty we can do about it.

Listen to this episode on iTunes or Spotify, or play directly below.

What if we told you, that you could significantly reduce your chance of developing these above mentioned problems or even drastically reverse your issues – all by reducing your exposures to a group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors?

Jennifer Klotz, MS, RDN, LDN is back to give you the power to make informed choices about what chemicals you bring into your home, put on your body and spray in the air –  all while discovering how they effect your health.

She even dives into the top “obesogen” chemicals you need to be aware of that are probably at the root cause of most of your daily symptoms. Be sure to check out her most recent post, here.

Be empowered.

This information will allow YOU to feel better, especially in the long run as small changes and new choices add up overtime. This information will be especially powerful if you have struggled previously to control your health issues – even after addressing other areas, such as nutrition and exercise.

Within this episode, we shed light on the fact that our health is effected by so much more than just food. It’s not about calories any longer. That’s old (fake) news. The true problem lies within daily chemical exposures that are impacting our long term health, and it’s about time we do something about it.

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Episode 15: Sustainable, Healthy, Ethical choices simplified – with Heather Young & Jennifer Klotz @shechangeseverything

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 When you make small – Sustainable, Healthy, Ethical – changes that matter, over time, it truly can change everything.

Simply becoming aware of the changes you can make is all we ask. Making an impact with the information you discover along the way is up to you!

listen to this episode  on iTunes, Spotify, or directly – using the player below.

& a direct link to the events mentioned in this episode can be found HERE.

We only scratch the surface of the conversation in this episode – discussing plastics, Lyme disease, autoimmune conditions, the invisible chemicals making you fat, formaldehyde, and the clothing you didn’t know was labeled as “toxic waste” before it made it to your closet.

Sisters Heather Young & Jennifer Klotz are the faces behind the truly impactful website: shechangeseverything.com & hosts of the incredible events you may have already heard of, known as SHE DAY. The event will be hitting four major cities across the U.S. in 2019 – you can catch a glimpse of this incredible day, most recently hosted in PHOENIX by checking out this inspiring recap. & Listen closely, because there’s a discount code offered specifically for podcast listeners – in this episode!

They’re here to inspire you, encourage you, provide you with the information you need – to make simple changes that matter.

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Episode 14: The Power of Functional Medicine & Nutrition with Brigid Titgemeier M.S., R.D.N, L.D aka @beingbrigid

Introducing the NEXT co-host of the Critical Conversations Podcast. I’m so excited to get to finally introduce you to Brigid Titgemeier, M.S., R.D.N, L.D.  -otherwise known as a functional nutrition expert with a wealth of knowledge I can’t wait for you to discover.

Listen to Episode 14 on iTunes , Spotify , or play directly below.

She’s here to help expand the conversation around health and nutrition via her  experience in the field of functional nutrition. Brigid graduated with her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University & completed the (IFM) Institute for Functional Medicine’s Advanced Functional Medicine Training for Clinicians.

She has even trained under and worked along side Dr. Mark Hyman, one of the top functional medicine doctors in the industry – while working as the founding dietitian of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.

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Episode 11: Artificial Sweeteners, Zero Calories & The Pregnancy Warning You May Not Have Known About (Aspartame. Sucralose, Splenda, Saccharin, Stevia & More.)

to provide with the food, nutrients or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition

We’ve all heard sugar is bad for us.

But, have you ever stopped to think about the consequences of substituting sugar for ‘diet’ alternatives – such as those brightly colored, zero-calorie, artificial sweeteners instead?

Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin (Sweet & Low), Aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet), Stevia (Sweet Leaf), & Sugar Alcohols (like Xylitol) are hiding in too many standard American food items to count. They’ve all been made in a lab by chemists discovering how to make our food sweeter with less calories – at the expense of our long term health.

to provide with the food, nutrients or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition

Plus, we can’t deny the fact that they’ve been perfectly marketed to us as one of the most recognizable condiments available to us at almost every coffee shop and restaurant in America – for FREE.

If you don’t know them by name – we can confidently assume that you know them as the little “pink, yellow and blue packets” always crammed in next to the sugar.

What’s not to like about FREE stuff? Or better yet … SWEET stuff?

We hope to make you stop and think about this long and hard today.


Are they good for us?

Are they harmless?

… Is zero calories really better?

We dive into all of this and more during this episode while expanding on the bigger conversation from episode 10 where we discussed Added Sugar, the popular motto YOLO & It’s Hidden Effects on Your Long-Term Health


The 5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners

Diabetes Journal Article : Diet Soda Intake and Risk of Incident Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Pregnancy Warning: Exposure to non-nutritive sweeteners during pregnancy and lactation: Impact in programming of metabolic diseases in the progeny later in life.

Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview Of Biological Issues


Dr. Axe on Stevia: 5 Benefits of Stevia + How to Use the Different Types




We want to give you your Power back.

What you do with this information is up to you.

We’re two critical care nurses on a mission to inspire you, motivate you, and empower you.


– Briana Reesing & Laura Gluck –


More information about us & this show can be found on our website at www.criticalconversationspodcast.com (including full show notes and resources from each episode.)

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Episode 6: Stress, Inflammation & Microbiome Disruption – Briana Reesing of Beachlifeorganic – Dives into an Alternative Approach of Getting to The Root Cause of Her Symptoms.

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We’re all unique – with our own health history, symptoms and life events.

In this episode, Briana Reesing of www.beachlifeorganic.com shares her own personal story in hopes of motivating you to seek out answers for the symptoms you may be having before it’s too late.

It’s not always easy to get a clear diagnosis when the symptoms you’re having are vague or infrequent.

But, that doesn’t mean you should give up.

Be your own best advocate, listen to the signals and symptoms your body is showing you and begin to dial into those.



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