By Allie White
Many of the foods you are eating could be killing you, and you probably don’t even know it! Gluten is something worth removing from your diet, even if you don’t have celiac disease. There are an enormous amount of people unaware of their gluten intolerance. Most of them do not know it is the cause of their ill health and is 100% curable.
What is gluten? Gluten is a mixture of gliadin and glutenin, proteins found in many grains including wheat, rye, barley, spelt, bulgur, couscous, kamut, oats, kasha, triticale, semolina, pumpernickel, and farro. It is hidden in white flour, all-purpose flour, wheat flour, durham flour, wheat germ, bran, bread, pasta, buns, pizza, wraps, cereals, bread crumbs, pastry, pretzel, baked goods, microwave dinner, most processed foods and even licorice. These proteins cause toxic reactions that trigger our immune system and cause serious issues for people that consume them.
Millions of people are suffering with gluten allergies and celiac disease. Celiac disease is the most serious gluten allergy - an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged and cannot process gluten. Instead of recognizing gluten as food, the body identifies it as a foreign invader. Gluten actually causes your body to attack itself, sometimes in multiple ways. In order to understand how gluten effects the body we must be aware that all disease begins in the gut.
Therefore, our overall health begins in the gut as well.
Consuming gluten can severely damage our intestinal lining which leads to inflammation and causes disease. So in order to prevent disease and undesirable symptoms we must eliminate gluten. The devastating effects of gluten are actually being disguised as many other diseases. It causes Inflammation and leads to a number of effects on all organ systems in the body including your brain, heart, joints, and digestive system. It also triggers weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune, psychiatric and neurological conditions such as:
- Cancer
Other symptoms include:
- digestive issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation) -fatigue after a meal - brain fog and dizziness - hormone imbalances (PMS and PCOS)
-chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
-inflammation/arthritis (joint pain and swelling)
-skin rashes
To correct any disease we need to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. By eliminating gluten from our diets we are able to treat the root of our disease and begin to heal our body. Going gluten free can benefit everyone because most of us have an intolerance that we don’t recognize until we remove it from our diet. The good news is there are lots of delicious alternatives and gluten free options popping up everywhere.
Chose alternatives like quinoa, buckwheat, soba noodles, amaranth, and millet. Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, yams, and squash also help fill the gluten-free gap. The next best choices are brown or basmati rice, brown rice pasta instead of regular pasta, beans, and lentils. For baked goods, great alternatives to regular flour are coconut and almond flour. Keep in mind, just because something is gluten free does not mean it is healthy. You are not missing any vital nutrients by not eating gluten.
Remember to be aware of the other components of your diet. Gluten free products can definitely be a part of a healthy diet. Choosing a diet filled with whole, natural and colorful foods will lead you on the path to more energy and radiant health. The effects of gluten may last for months, you may not feel immediate results so please be patient. By eliminating this allergen you’ll improve your overall health, eliminate sugar and carb cravings, heal your digestive system and lose excess weight.