Is the gluten-free movement a fad? Where did the barrage of people claiming gluten intolerance come from? When did sandwiches and pasta transform from everyday staples to the enemy?
3 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free (even if you don't suffer from sensitivity/intolerance):
- Gluten is hard to digest
- Gluten causes weight gain
- Gluten triggers inflammation
What even IS gluten?
Gluten is a protein composite that is found in many grains including wheat, rye, spelt, and more.
What’s the difference between Celiac’s disease and gluten sensitivity?
When a person has Celiac’s disease, gluten reaches the digestive tract and is recognized as a foreign invader. This results in an immune response in which both the gluten proteins AND an enzyme in the cells of the digestive tract are attacked. Aside from the painful and uncomfortable physical symptoms, this leads to the degeneration of the intestinal wall, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, and increases the risk of many other diseases.
Gluten sensitivity is less clearly defined than Celiac’s, but in a nutshell, any negative response to gluten aside from the autoimmune response characteristic of Celiacs is considered to be gluten sensitivity.
(PS: It’s estimated that 80% of Celiac’s sufferers are undiagnosed!)
There are as many as 300 unpleasant symptoms of gluten sensitivity/intolerance, although many people are asymptomatic. Some of the most prevalent are:
- Weight Gain
- Acne and other skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis
- Fatigue & brain fog
- Anxiety & depression
- Bloating & other digestive/gastrointestinal issues
- Musculoskeletal conditions including bone & joint pain
- Reproductive conditions
...but what about the rest of us? Why should we avoid gluten?
Even if you have an iron gut and have a passionate attachment to bread and its relatives, going gluten-free can only serve to benefit you.
Gluten = Inflammation = Weight Gain
Gluten contains a protein that is inflammatory to the gut and can cause damage to the intestinal wall over time, contributing to "leaky gut", bloating, weight gain, and fatigue.
Beyond the gut, gluten can trigger inflammation in any tissue of the body. Why is that bad? Chronic inflammation is the root of all evil. It's at the root of basically every physical malady you don't want- the inability to lose weight, digestive issues, skin conditions, arthritis, cancer...
Need a few more reason to give up gluten? There's evidence that gluten blocks nutrient absorption and diminishes thyroid health. It's also very acidifying to the body. When your internal body condition becomes overly acidic, the body tries to compensate by creating more fat cells to trap these acids... and you gain weight.
Long story short, GLUTEN IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH & WEIGHT!
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