Gluten for Punishment

By Jeff Quinn

Gluten for Punishment

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye in addition to foods processed with these grains. Although eating these products, especially whole wheat, does offer some health benefits, the gluten can actually be harmful and have an adverse effect. Individuals with gluten sensitivity experience bloating, abdominal pain, discomfort or diarrhea. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but some estimates rate as high as 50 percent of the population.

A gluten-free diet isn’t just for those with celiac disease or a wheat allergy - in fact, interest has been steadily growing among health conscious individuals as a way to boost health and energy, lose weight, or cope better with ADHD, autism, headaches, and other conditions.

Here are some reasons you may want to go gluten-free.

  • Humans don’t fully digest wheat. The undigested portions of wheat ferment in our gut and produce gas - or worse, it can lead to leaky gut syndrome whereby intestinal toxins leak into your bloodstream
  • Wheat is a pro-inflammatory substance which is rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body’s insulin levels
  • Refined wheat has little nutritional value
  • Millions of people are allergic to wheat — so many, in fact, that wheat is considered one of the world's top allergens

If you are considering going gluten-free, be aware that it can cause deficiencies in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium, fiber, and other nutrients that you would normally get from fortified breads, cereals, and grains (many gluten-free products are not fortified). Make sure that you choose gluten-free grains such as quinoa, rice, oats and millet, and that you supplement your diet

“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”~ Mike Adams

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