Sunshine Best of Chicago uses her culinary school training to run her businesses and to keep herself and others healthy despite having celiac disease. She opened Your Safe Kitchen as a diet and culinary consulting service to help people create gluten-free recipes and clear out dangerous foods from their shelves. Her Web site, riseandshinedesserts.com, contains gluten-free foods that showcase her creative use of ingredients based on her Caribbean heritage.
Sheri Dunatchik of Brighton, Mich., started a company to provide gluten-free baking products following her husband and son's diagnosis with celiac disease. "I designed it from my heart to help families. They can truly enjoy it and not feel like they're settling for something," she said.
David Schardt, a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says there is little evidence of the immune-boosting or digestive health benefits of probiotics. He says that only a few bacteria have been proven to have any health benefits and only help those with specific conditions, such as some types of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
Most chronic constipation is caused by lifestyle issues, but sufferers should talk to their doctor to find the cause, Harvard Medical School experts say. They advise slowly increasing your dietary fiber intake, getting regular exercise, drinking plenty of fluids and establishing a daily routine for using the bathroom.
Fiber is the part of the plant you do not digest so it moves through the digestive tract, promoting regularity and aiding digestion, according to Christina Lewis, a registered dietitian. The best way to add fiber to the diet is through natural foods, especially fruits and vegetables, because the less processed the food, the higher the fiber content.