Why get off the gluten?
Gluten free is kind of a fad right now, but there is an underlying issue here that might be closed over by the pretty packaging promising to afford you the luxury of still eating a pizza while having a real gluten issue.
First off, a lifestyle without gluten is not helped any by these boxed and packaged products – please know that. These things are laden with sugar, fat and other chemicals that can suppress other systems in the body.
If you have any of the following…. depression, swollen joints, bloated belly, achey feeling, constipation, acne or auto immune disorder consider going off of gluten for at least 2 months and see how you feel.
You may have a sensitivity to gluten and be undiagnosed. Celiac is not the only disease that occurs. Celiac is the extreme point on the spectrum of gluten issues. Does that make sense? So, you can be free of celiac, but still be symptomatic and sensitive to gluten. You may have symptoms now that you are just tolerating or medicating that can be eradicated when you stop the ingestion of gluten.
If you have any of the symptoms listed at the top of this article, consider going off of gluten for at least 2 months to see if symptoms improve. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. Not only can you have physical symptoms, but there are other things that are associated with it such as moodiness, PMS, depression, and general fatigue. Just as in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity can affect all body systems and generate a wide variety of symptoms that you might not relate back to the sensitivity. Gastrointestinal symptoms can include diarrhea, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain and constipation. Behavioral symptoms can include “foggy mind,” depression and ADHD-like behavior. Other symptoms include anemia, joint pain, osteoporosis, and leg numbness.
One must be suspect of most commercially made foods as gluten can be in almost anything. Even soups have a high chance of having gluten as it is used as a thickener.
Consider this – not one of my clients has ever, ever come back to me and said that the felt “better” on gluten.
Sending brown rice, millet, quinoa, sweet potato hugs to all of you.