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Dr. Modesti at Serenity Chiropractic

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1180 Los Altos Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (650) 949-1089
Fax: (650) 949-0232

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Monday11-12:30 - 7
Wednesday11-12:30 - 7
Friday11-12:30 - 7
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What is Gluten?

 By Dr. April Modesti

By now, you’ve probably noticed a flurry of new labels on packaging in grocery stores. GLUTEN FREE! So, what is gluten and why would you want to exclude it from your diet?

Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, responsible for giving them their elastic, chewy texture. In addition to wheat, gluten is in rye, barley, and the less-well-known kamut and spelt.

Oats, having a different parent, do not contain gluten. But, because oats are frequently grown or processed with or near wheat products, it is easy for them to become contaminated. Thankfully, oats that are certified gluten-free can now be purchased online and at most health food stores.  

For gluten-sensitive individuals, eating gluten will cause an inflammation response in the intestines, and often in other parts of the body. Symptoms may vary from headaches to infertility, thyroid problems, skin irritations, and muscle and joint problems. Importantly, the brain and nerves can also be affected.

One in 100 people has Celiac disease, the classic form of gluten sensitivity which has severe gastrointestinal symptoms. For every gluten sensitive person with gut-related symptoms, there are eight with no gastrointestinal symptoms at all. And, another 10% of the population has the condition in a latent form.

Celiac disease is three times more common in women than in men. Those with relatives diagnosed with gluten sensitivity or an auto- immune disorders are more likely than others to have the condition. It’s important to note that many of the physical problems associated with gluten intolerance take years to develop, existing “under the radar.” 

Gluten free eating may be your ticket to better digestive health. Explore the many options that are now readily available in recipe books, grocery stores and bakeries throughout the SF Bay Area.  

 For more information visit: www.serenitychiro.com

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    I have used Dr. Modesti for healing and gentle chiropractic work for many years, and trust her gentle touch and knowledge of the body and nutrition to help me heal.

- Leslie P / Los Altos, CA

Meet the Chiropractor

Meet Dr. Modesti Dr. Modesti has been freeing people from pain since 1980 in her clinic in Los Altos, CA. As a Chiropractor with experience, our professionals are committed to promoting the health and well being of her patients. Read More


Mandala Salad. The Guide to Eating Well!

Because both what we eat and how are important, Mandala Salad offers simple steps to enhance the experience of eating along with delicious gluten-free recipes that all can enjoy. As an inspirational guide-cookbook-journal, you can use Mandala Salad to lead you beyond the kitchen into a journey of self-discovery.

Monday11-12:30 - 7
Wednesday11-12:30 - 7
Friday11-12:30 - 7

The Expo is the premier gluten and allergen free event in the US. Whether you are looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!


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