Going gluten free is a new trend that has taken the mainstream over the course of a few years. Now there are gluten free everything from cookies, to snacks and even condiments. Learning what gluten is and how it has a huge impact on your body can really change your mind about what you are consuming. Did you know that gluten gliadin, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Many of the bread products contain this.
I am going to share some of the things gluten has an impact on in your body and maybe this will help you understand what it is doing and maybe you will give it up for 30 days and see how your body feels !
-Wheat gluten is the cause of “Celiac disease,” which is commonly regarded as the intestine-specific manifestation of gluten sensitivity. There are many other manifestations of gluten sensitivity/intolerance.
-Wheat has been hybridized to contain far more gluten than it did 50 years ago. The bread we eat today is nowhere near the bread that our ancestors ate, so there is no comparison.
-Gluten increases the permeability of the intestinal barrier. This enables gluten to enter the bloodstream. “Leaky Gut,” which is tied to gluten intolerance and intestinal permeability, is foundational in the development of autoimmunity and conditions such as fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue, asthma, and diabetes, among others.
Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity is NOT the same thing as a wheat allergy.
-Gluten sensitivity can cause nutrient deficiency by impairing your body’s ability to absorb nutrients like calcium – causing the bone minerals to break down. This means osteopenia.
-Leptin, the hormone that tells us when we’re full, may be blocked by substances derived from cereal grains such as gluten.
-95% of the body’s serotonin is made in the bowel. When the bowel’s function is disrupted as with gluten consumption, neurological problems including epilepsy, ADHD, depression and even headaches may occur in addition to skin problems (eczema).
Sometimes the symptom itself is the only indicator of intolerance. How many headaches have you had in your lifetime?
All of the above mentioned might be fixed with a slight modification of your diet. Changing that one variable of taking out gluten laden products can help your body heal and repair from the inside out.
If you really need those carbs, try to go for the infinitely superior, nutrient-dense starchy vegetables: turnips, parsnips, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, and squash.
Remember, the effect is cumulative; like smoking a single cigarette may not give us lung cancer, eating gluten just once may not make us immediately sick, but there is a cascade that’s intensified over months, years, and a lifetime of exposure. It’s never, ever going to be worth the risk.
Healing your gut is important to fixing aliments that are a result of this allergy!