I love pizza and pasta. Who doesn’t? They are so delightful.
But when I did an elimination diet last month to see what was affecting my skin, I included gluten in the list of no-nos.
Yes, going gluten-free sounds like a fad, but it really isn’t.
The problem is that our genes have not evolved quickly enough to handle the way wheat is grown and produced in this country. The consequence is the creation of a product that has higher gluten content.1
Even with a slight intolerance which cannot be detected by a blood test (which is meant to detect an allergy), your body can undergo silent inflammation that manifests itself externally in other ways.
So what exactly is the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy?
A food allergy is an immune response – any food fragments that have not been digested get tagged by the antibody Immunoglobin-E (IgE), a friendly way to let your system know that there is some questionable things floating around. Your immune system then looks at these tagged proteins or whatnot, interprets them as harmful, and then sends out white blood cells to attack. The reaction is more immediate and may or may not be severe.
A food intolerance is a non-immune, delayed abnormal response that may not be life-threatening, and the antibody IgE is not present. So, these food particles are not absorbed or digested, and the result is a variety of physiological reactions.
By excluding gluten, you can help with the following:
1. Bloating/consistent belly weight.
2. Relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
3. Clearing up “brain fog”.
4. Regaining hormone balance.
5. Relief from joint and general muscle pain, also known as fibromyalgia.
7. Mood swings.
9. Clearing of skin conditions like acne and eczema.
10. Save money on groceries. Buying sweets and breads can eat up a lot of your shopping budget!
I’ve personally experienced how awesome I feel when I don’t eat gluten. I feel lighter, have been able to jog for longer distances (and notice when I cannot), and my stomach is not distended to an alarming degree. My acne has gone away, and my skin is in much better shape.
I hope you’ll consider giving this a try – you never know how much better you’ll feel until you give it a chance.
You’re probably wondering if those tasty “gluten-free” cookies and cakes are worth a go. My advice? Those are just as dangerous as the other regular ones.
If you’re considering leaving gluten out of your diet, go all the way and don’t include those carby items. More on this in another post, soon!
Leave a comment or question below if you have any of these physical symptoms in the list above and want to know more about going gluten-free.
To a bloat-free life,