Discover How Gluten can cause Health Problems! 6 Positive Health Benefits of Going Gluten-free!

Eliminate Gluten From Your Diet and Feel the Difference
Does Gluten cause Health Problems? 6 Ways you will Benefit by Decreasing or Eliminating Gluten in your Diet

Discover How Gluten can cause Health Problems!

6 Positive Health Benefits of Going Gluten-free!

The word “Gluten” has become a topical word in the world of nutrition these days. However, the big question here is – Is Gluten bad for you? Does it cause health problems?  Is it necessary to avoid it? A Gluten-free diet is beneficial in reducing inflammation and associated health problems such as arthritis, digestive disorders, supportive in losing weight and has also been linked to a decrease in Thyroid issues.

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What is Gluten?

Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten contains no known nutritional value. Many people today are choosing to go gluten free as a way to improve their quality of life and their health. Initially elimination of gluten from the diet was implemented by people who were diagnosed with celiac disease. It has become quite common now for a variety of reasons that people have chosen to go gluten-free. For example: There is reference to what is called non-celiac sensitivity. People finding themselves with gluten-sensitivity a link to stomach bloating, and indigestion.

It has been found that the consumption of gluten-containing foods will adversely affect your body and your health. In times gone by most people who followed a gluten free diet, did so due to the diagnosis of celiac disease or as being gluten intolerant. With this sensitivity to gluten goes hand in hand with that of wheat as well.

How Common is Gluten-Intolerance

& Wheat Allergies?

It is unclear as to how common this allergy to wheat: gluten is; however, it is serious. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 200 people suffer from some form of food allergy. This seems to have increased over the years. It would seem to correlate with the increase consumption of packaged and processed foods. When you have a wheat allergy, your body reacts badly to one or more of the many proteins found in wheat and other similar grains such as barley and rye. This all seems to be associated with gluten.

Symptoms Associated with

Gluten Intolerance & Sensitivity

Symptoms can range from being mild to severe. Some of these symptoms may include skin rashes, sensitivities such as hives, stomach discomfort, irritable bowel, intestinal distress, stomach bloating and unexpected weight gain. Allergy symptoms such as Hay fever, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, asthma and anaphylaxis.

Quite often if these symptoms are spasmodic celiac disease can quite often go undetected for many years. However even without eventuating to full blown celiac having a diet that is composed of a majority of gluten and wheat products has been linked to other health problems affecting your thyroid gland.

Difference Between Celiac Disease 

Gluten Intolerance/Sensitivity!

Celiac disease is thought to be an autoimmune disorder whereby when the person eats gluten, this prompts an immune response. The immune system then appears to attack the lining of the small intestine.  This causing damage that makes it difficult to almost impossible for your body to absorb many of the major nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin D and folate.

The health problems that occur long term to the nutrient deficiency caused by this disease for example are anemia, osteoporosis and infertility. Other symptoms can include as mentioned stomach pain, diarrhea, weight loss, chronic fatigue and neurological problems. The best and only known remedy for treatment of celiac disease is to totally eliminate all forms of gluten from the diet, as even small amounts can cause intestinal damage.

Some food for thought here, remembering that any disease is a sign of the body’s systems not functioning in unity together. So did this autoimmune response happen because of an overconsumption of foods containing gluten. For example, a diet high in processed foods, a great deal of bread, cakes, biscuits and refined carbohydrates.

It has been mentioned that the precursor to Celiac or the warning signs, are that of Gluten intolerance or sensitivity. As Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease share many of the same symptoms. However, with gluten sensitivity, the symptoms presented are gas, bloating, cramps and diarrhea or constipation soon after eating gluten.

Other symptoms that can be experienced are in other areas of the body such as headaches, brain fog, (this can be associated with thyroid problems, thought to be caused by gluten), pain in your joints, muscles, sometimes associated with numbness and tingling in your legs, arms, hands or feet. With Gluten sensitivity there does not appear to be damage to the intestines as such.

Think of gluten as a glue-like substance that gives wheat and other products their chewy structure.

Although the science is much more complex than the definition, gluten can be defined, in lay terms, as the sticky protein substance in wheat. So when eating large quantities of products containing gluten, it then forms a clag type substance causing problems for digestion of the foods that you are eating, making it difficult for your body to also obtain the nutrients needed.

6 Benefits of Eliminating Gluten from your Diet!

Many people who find that they are gluten intolerant or sensitive may be able to tolerate small amounts of gluten without too much concern or damage. However, most people will find benefits by decreasing the amount of gluten they consume. Maintain a healthy weight will be easier, you will have more energy because your body will find it easier to obtain the nutrients from the foods you are eating. Cholesterol levels may improve, and you will suffer fewer digestive issues such as bloating, irritable bowel and stomach aches.

  1. Improves Digestion
  2. Improved Energy Levels
  3. Improves Healthy Cholesterol
  4. Reduces Bloating & Indigestion
  5. Decreases Irritable Bowel Symptoms
  6. Reduces Stomach Cramps & Pain
  7. Decreases Thyroid problems

Further Health Benefits to Eliminating Gluten is to

Minimize & Where Possible Avoid Processed Foods

It is still best to avoid processed foods. So if you are eating a great deal of processed foods now that contain gluten, it is not necessarily good to replace these with the gluten free variety. By this I mean things like cakes, biscuits, packaged meals and processed meats.

Replace some of your gluten foods with fresh fruit for snacks, nuts such as almonds, walnuts: Replace say oats with Quinoa flakes and some of your ancient grains such as Amaranth, Buckwheat (makes great pancakes), Chia Seeds and millet. Increase your intake of vegetables to fill you especially sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli, parsnips, swede, turnips and other dark greens such as kale.

Also include healthy protein such as the seeds mentioned, organic chicken, lean meat, eggs and fish. Keeping the meal portion size of chicken and lean meat to that of the size of the palm of your hand.

Please Note: Oats are naturally a gluten-free food but what makes them off limits to some people is not only the way they are processed, but something called avenin, which those who need to be gluten free can actually be allergic to.  If you do not have this issue just make sure you buy gluten free certified.

If you want to obtain Optimal Health support you may also like to consider eliminating dairy, salt and sugar from your diet. With the exception of organic yogurt and cottage cheese if you aren’t lactose intolerant.

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