Why Go Gluten Free?

At Ze/Lin, one of the major aspects of the business is that they sell gluten free pastries and other baked goods. You may still be on the fence about gluten, or you may not care one way or the other, but here are a few reasons why the Ze/Lin crew promotes the gluten free lifestyle.
It is essential to avoid gluten if you have celiac disease. Now the vast majority of Americans do not have celiac disease, but if you are one of those unfortunate individuals who lives with it, you know that it is absolutely necessary to avoid gluten. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their immune system will attack the lining of the small intestine. This leads from side effects such as gas and bloating, to more severe damage like malnutrition and unwanted weight loss. Ze/Lin wants to offer delicious baked goods that those individuals with celiac disease can enjoy too.

Even if you don’t suffer from celiac disease, you too can benefit from eliminating gluten from your nutrition plan. If you have digestive problems, avoiding gluten may actually help to improve digestion, as this could be the result of a mild gluten intolerance.

Eliminating gluten may actually improve your mental health. In those with celiac disease, headaches and brain fog are often reported as side effects. When a sensitive person eats gluten, inflammatory molecules called cytokines are released, and they are detrimental to brain function. High amounts of these molecules are linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Autism.

If you are sensitive to gluten, you may not be absorbing your nutrients the way you’re supposed to be. This can lead to low energy levels and chronic fatigue. Instead of looking to stimulants to improve energy, eliminating gluten may be more beneficial.
If you don’t experience any of these symptoms, it probably isn’t necessary to avoid gluten. Ze/Lin offers the more cautious eater gluten-free goods so they can enjoy a variety of snacks without having to endure pain and discomfort.


What’s The Big Deal With Juicing?

I’m sure you already know that we here at and Ze/Lin are big fans of juicing

(Ze/Lin probably wouldn’t even be in business if we weren’t). On the other hand, you may be

saying, “Yeah, I know you guys are, but what’s the big deal with juicing?” If you’re one of

those people, this article is for you.

We all know that several servings of fruits and vegetables every day are necessary for a healthy life,

but there are plenty of people out there that simply do not eat enough of them. Juicing allows you

to combine together a rainbow of nutritious produce into one easy to drink juice. You don’t have to

worry about eating head after head of broccoli, trying to choke down unappetizing kale or gagging on

vegetables that taste like they were just pulled from the dirt.

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that people will not eat simply because of their taste. This is

fairly common, but this practice also keeps people from enjoying the nutritious benefits of those foods

they choose to skip out on. By adding a fruit or vegetable you normally wouldn’t eat to your juice blend,

you get the benefits of its nutrients without having to worry about the taste.

While juicing will probably never take over eating whole fruits and vegetables, very little of the actual

nutrients are wasted in the juicing process (depending on the type of juicer you use). This means

you get a delicious concoction of produce which retains most of its original vitamins, minerals and

phytonutrients, all in one blended drink which is easier to consume on a regular basis.

If you are thinking about juicing, there’s no time like the present. If you’re not in the habit of

eating fruits and vegetables, juicing is a great way to go to incorporate these foods into your

nutrition plan. Juicing is also a great way to try out new fruits and vegetables that you may

have been wary of in the past. If an apple a day can keep the doctor away, just imagine what

all that produce combined can do!

By: James Van Dyne

Why Eat Raw Foods?

Some people tend to think that food is food, and cooking it or eating it raw doesn’t really make a

difference. While it is obviously better to eat cooked healthy food rather than junk foods, there are even

more benefits to be had when you eat those same healthy foods raw.

When you cook foods, many of the vitamins and phytonutrients are destroyed or damaged, making

them less available for proper assimilation. When these nutrients are missing, your body will

immediately notice it. You will be undernourished, and this means you will not be full and satiated for

very long. When you increase your nutrient intake by eating raw foods, you will have more energy and

feel fuller longer.

Raw foods are packed with enzymes, which are essential to life. Without enzymes, life simply would not

go on. They are needed for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, help with fat loss, energy andFresh vegetables falling

every other function that goes on within the human body. Raw foods are rich in enzymes, but cooking

foods at above 118 degrees will destroy them. The human body spends a lot of energy digesting foods,

so when you incorporate more raw foods into your meal plan you are giving your digestive system a

break by supplying more naturally occurring enzymes. This can instantly help improve your energy.

Raw plants also provide protein, which is very easy for the human body to digest and assimilate.

Proteins are damaged during high temperature cooking, causing the amino acid chains to congeal.

Eating raw plants provides a great source of protein and fiber, without the cholesterol and fats which

can accompany meat proteins.

If you’re on the fence about raw foods, try incorporating a few fruits and vegetables here and there.

Their high nutritional content and delicious taste may just change your mind, and your health.

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