What Really Happens To Your Body When You Go Gluten Free

for the average eater the words gluten-free are horribly confusing this protein made up with the peptides gliadin and glutenin is found in grains such as wheat semolina rye and barley it’s known for giving bread its airy and fluffy substance and dough its sticky texture but recently it’s become notorious for sending dieters restaurateurs and the medical community into a tailspin why because every time you eat a cronut or a turkey sandwich your body either decides to break the gluten down and absorb it or produce antibodies to attack it the latter is known as celiac disease and to a lesser extent non-celiac gluten sensitivity avoiding gluten completely is as of now the only known treatment to help heal these conditions but what about the rest of us who haven’t been diagnosed what really happens to the body when you give up gluten you could lose key nutrients while gluten itself does not contain unique nutritional benefits the whole grains that contain the protein often do wheat containing products like sandwich bread and cereals are fortified with C vitamins and iron but many gluten-free food options are not which means that for people who keep to a limited diet of eating just cereal sandwiches in pasta wheat is often the most nutritious thing they eat all day dietician Andrew James Pierce in-house nutritionist for the app sugar check warns that traditional gluten-free diets often rely heavily on highly processed and low nutrient-dense starches such as white rice potato and tapioca flours he told us it is certainly not impossible to meet the fiber and other nutrients on a gluten-free diet it just requires a higher level of diligence diligence could come in the form of B vitamin rich legumes calcium rich cottage cheese iron rich turkey and a whole bunch of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables you could have a calmer happier stomach whether you believe in gluten free diets are not it is scientifically proven that out of all the carbohydrates whole grains are the hardest to digest in a blog post for the healthy home economist certified nutritional consultant Monica Corrado talks about five ways that full grain can wreak havoc on your tummy the presence of sugars that are difficult to digest to the theory that grains were not meant to be ingested in the first place she believed that temporarily eliminating all grains can help heal the gut Margaret Romero an integrative nurse practitioner finds most of her patients stomach symptoms improve with a gluten-free diet even if they don’t have celiac disease he told the list if a patient has no signs or symptoms I don’t put them on a gluten-free diet but even minor symptoms such as a little gas or bloating or persistent diarrhea constipation is more likely to be improved on a gluten-free diet you may have a more upset stomach while Romero sees improvement for patients who ditch gluten it’s not the same for everyone an article in US News & World Report explains that physically gluten-free foods especially processed gluten-free foods do not contain as much fiber as grain-based foods and according to a study in the Journal of nutrition more than 90 percent of Americans are not meeting the recommended daily amount of fiber fiber keeps things running smoothly it’s the roughage that your body can’t digest that helps bulk up your poop that same US news article cites fiber as essential for maintaining regular bowel movements preventing colon cancer and supporting friendly gut bacteria thankfully fruits vegetables potato skins and legumes are all great alternative sources of fiber if you decide to go gluten-free make sure to stock up on those anti-inflammatory benefits medical news today defines inflammation as the body’s attempt to bring more nourishment and immune activity to a site of injury in the body in other words it’s a healing response the problem however is when inflammation persists without reason chronic inflammation is at the root of America’s most prevalent illnesses heart disease cancer Alzheimer’s and a whole host of autoimmune conditions according to Romero because gluten creates inflammation in the bodies of those who have allergies or sensitivities to it they’ll quickly notice a significant reduction in symptoms when they remove gluten from their diets these can include rashes GI issues such as IBS autoimmunity and pain flash fibromyalgia withdrawal one of the first things that members of food addicts Anonymous give up is gluten they recognize that eating wheat tends to spark compulsive eating a scientific review from the food addiction Institute showed that self assess food addicts and Overeaters Anonymous were successful in losing weight by dealing first with physical cravings and abstaining completely from their major binge foods like the ones that contain wheat some food addicts cannot stop binging until they eliminate all wheat from their diets believe it or not dr. Leslie corn go so far as to suggest that detoxing from gluten can be almost as difficult as getting off heroin in her book nutrition essential for mental health a complete guide to the food mood connection she talks about the Providence of people suffering from psychosis that are gluten sensitive she told us this is not good news given so many of these individuals are homeless and eating at shelters serving gluten rich foods fluctuating processed food intake with a gluten-free diet comes plenty of pre-packed sugar packed crunchy crispy gooey gooey gluten free treats so it’s quite easy to feel like your choices for processed foods are justified as soon as you see the gluten-free label as a result your processed food intake may rise higher than you expected Pierce puts it this way at the end of the day a gluten free cookie is still a cookie but not all people reach for the brightly colored boxes of gluten-free munchies some people find themselves spending more time in the kitchen roasting vegetables chopping salads and blending smoothies this evidence comes from the many food bloggers out there sharing their journey and cooking up a storm of unprocessed gluten free food protect yourself from leaky gut syndrome according to a study published in the Journal of nutrition the cells in your gut form tight junctions that determine what comes in and what stays out there the gatekeepers if you will they keep out pathogens antigens and toxins and welcome in nutrients and water it’s not treated properly those gatekeepers develop holes that keeps them from doing their jobs this allows microbes toxins proteins and partially digested food particles to get through and flow freely into your bloodstream this is what the scientific community has come to call vici gut syndrome and it’s as gross as it sounds according to another study published in PubMed gov continually eating gluten will keep your junctions open and your gut leaking your body may mistake your own tissues for gluten and remain in a chronic state of inflammation which could lead to a host of autoimmune conditions cutting out gluten reduces this risk you could clear your head there isn’t a whole lot of scientific evidence to support it but the anecdotal evidence is all over the Internet according to sources such as allergic living and entrepreneur many people report clearer thinking after they give up gluten the reason being while they were ingesting gluten they were experiencing brain fog although there is no official medical definition people describe it as feeling tired lethargic and fuzzy-headed and often they didn’t realize how bad they felt until they gave up gluten and started thinking much clearer one study found an increase in depression symptoms with a diet containing gluten another found that when they gave participants a pill containing gluten or placebo their symptoms were more severe when they swallowed the gluten containing capsules so gluten or not – gluten so what’s a gluten hearing girl to do in the current war-torn state of the food industry you’re not going to get a clear answer but if there’s one thing that you can always rely on its yourself blindly eating whatever’s within reach without paying attention to its nutrition label or how it’s making you feel is setting you up for heartache and heartburn does your Wednesday night’s spaghetti frequently end in tummy aches do you feel a lot better after eating a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal than a bowl of cinnamon swirl cereal then follow your stomach it’s trying to tell you what to do thanks for watching click the list icon to subscribe to our youtube channel let’s check out all this cool stuff we know you’ll love to [Music]

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