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Posted on 12-27-2015
Why A Gluten Free Diet?
Author: Amanda Lloyd
You may find yourself asking the following questions…What is gluten? Why am I
seeing “gluten-free” plastered everywhere? I’m seeing it in my grocery stores,
online, etc. Well, allow me to give you some background. Gluten is a protein
found in wheat that gives elasticity to dough. Many people suffer from what’s
called Celiac disease, which is when your immune system responds to gluten by
damaging the small intestine. In fact, many people may have gluten intolerances
and may not even know it. What are some of the advantages of going gluten-
1. Humans don’t fully digest wheat. Undigested portions ferment and produce
gas (and I’m pretty sure no one wants that)!
2. Wheat is a pro-inflammatory agent. Once consumed, it is rapidly converted
to sugar, causing a spike in insulin levels, leading to a burst of inflammation
at the cellular level.
3. Refined wheat has little nutritional value and is also one of the top 8
Now before cutting gluten out of your diet completely, you may want to check
with your physician and make sure you are getting the proper nutrients. You also
should know that not every food item labeled “gluten-free” is good for you. There
are many junk foods out there that just happen to be made without gluten. They
may be filled with sugar and many other types of fillers. The best way of eating
would be a cleaner more natural diet made up of meats, fruits and vegetables,
and some nuts. If you decide to cut out gluten entirely, you may initially
experience wheat withdrawal (because this may be quite the shock to your
system)! Withdrawal can last any where from 1 week up to an entire month. Here
are some of the symptoms:
- Constant hunger
- Lack of energy
- Light headedness
- Mental fogginess
- Stomach cramps
- Strong cravings for wheat
Not to worry though, as not everyone experiences these feelings. Even if you do,
know that once you’ve made it past this phase, you’ll feel much healthier than
before! Staying on track will be easy to do, as long as you focus on eating natural
foods. Just remember, you’re being proactive by giving yourself a healthier body.
Not only will you be healthier on the inside, but it will begin to show on the
outside…and that’s just an added bonus.
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