Societies’ push to engage a more holistic lifestyle today is dominated by the current research indicating that chemical products utilised in our food are the driving factors associated with an increase in stress related illness. And it isn’t just directed at those who are gluten sensitive. How then do we use our diet to assist in managing this stress? The answers lie in the investigations of the “gluten free diet”. I cannot stress enough the importance of reading the information published on this topic, and guarantee it will change even the most sceptical opinions and beliefs.
So, what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Your average gluten intake will come from these foods but it will also come from spelt and oats. Oats, by nature, are supposed to be free from gluten but as they are transported in trucks that also carry wheat they become cross contaminated.
It may shock some to know that gluten isn’t only a contaminant to food. It can also be found in your cosmetics including lipsticks and hair products.
Why should you eliminate gluten from your diet?
Wheat was first introduced to Europe during the middle ages and over the years has changed through genetic modification. Through the creation of these different strains, the Australian and American wheat produce have much higher gluten content. This super-gluten was introduced into our agricultural food supply to create fluffy breads and soft bagels and has now infected all wheat strains world-wide.
Apart from the aesthetic benefits of eliminating gluten, including fat loss & skin rejuvenation, it has been associated with isolated links to over 55 named diseases. These include but are not limited to cancer, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, digestive distress, anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all other autoimmune diseases.
Five important reasons why you should eliminate all gluten from your diet
- Gut Health- The gastrointestinal tract is a central system in the body- tied to immunity, metabolic regulation, and a wide variety of physiological systems. Digestive health is paramount- even when symptoms don’t seem to be “digestive”.
- Gluten damages the brain- It deposits a type of plaque that covers and inflames the brain, interfering with proper communication between cells. This is due to the specific glutamate content overexciting the cells resulting in their damage or death, which also helps to explain the proteins association with seizures, dementia and migraines.
- Causes Malabsorption syndrome– Gluten destroys the villi on the lining of the small intestine, and with them the ability to absorb nutrients, leading to chronic nutritional deficiencies and uncomfortable intestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation, as well as other symptoms such as fatigue, depression, moodiness, and anxiety.
- Aggravates menopausal symptoms- A strong relationship has been established between gluten sensitivity and the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. As a female’s sex hormone drops, the resulting hormone imbalance is worsened by over consumption of gluten. The adrenal glands respond to the stress of unstable blood sugar (caused by gluten) by increasing cortisol levels. This causes increased body fat, fatigue and unstable moods. When the consumption of food containing gluten continues, nutrients fail to be absorbed, cortisol levels drop and adrenal exhaustion occurs.
- Accelerates aging-It has been proven that the inflammation that occurs from consuming wheat leads to faster wrinkling processes, with the avoidance of wheat leading to skin rejuvenation.
Avoiding Gluten just means that we have to transfer to a cleaner, healthier nutrition plan. That doesn’t seem like a big ask does it? Eating beautiful fresh food in exchange for a longer, disease free life!
Before ever popping something in your trolley I want you to say to yourself “The longer the shelf life, the shorter your life”.
Tips to help you successfully remove gluten from your life
- Avoid ALL wheat products: Wheat, rye, barley, yeast, farina, semolina, spelt, bulgur, couscous, and malt.
- Eliminate ALL processed foods.
- Eat high-quality protein from whole foods sources such as wild and grass-fed meats, as well as nuts, and seeds.
- Eat a wide variety of vegetables, especially leafy greens.
- Be very careful of sauces, condiments, and spices because even though items may not appear to contain gluten in their ingredients, gluten is often used as a stabilising agent.
- Be careful of being exposed to gluten in strange places such is in medications, postage-stamp glue, chewing gum, and cosmetics, such as lipstick.
Now, whether you are in 100% or still sceptical I am going to pose a challenge. Eliminate gluten in all forms from your life for four weeks. I guarantee that you will feel 110% better, full of energy, mood stability and lose that bloated, puffy look around your face, stomach, arms and thighs.
It is my ultimate goal to assist everyone to realise potential life changes that can be made when eliminating gluten from their diet, although everyone is not sensitive to Gluten, I would love to hear about the changes you have found after this four-week challenge and to help you keep yielding amazing results of a new life in check. Contact me on [email protected] should you have any feedback!
Yours in health,
Clean Health Coach | Exercise Physiologist
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