Monday, March 3, 2014

Gluten-Free Is Your Edge

Go Gluten-Free 100% Or Nothing

It's true that everybody these days is aware of at least one person that's trying a gluten-free lifestyle. However, it's unlikely that this someone has Celiac Disease, which is an auto-immune disease that birthed the gluten-free health movement. Instead, it's likely someone who either has undiagnosed gut and intestinal issues or is trying to stop eating so much bread, pasta and pastries, their guilty pleasure. 

More than 30% of humans 
have a non Celiac sensitivity to gluten 
where the auto-immune system is being compromised 
- Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM

It's sadly true that the growth of the gluten-free movement beyond Celiac Disease research is due to the lack of properly diagnosed health conditions of auto-immune related diseases, rising allergies, lack of profit seeking Rx opportunities to make profits and GMO overload in America without research on short and long-term health. 

It's completely true that lack of food education and poor food choices are the biggest enemy to our health and future existence.

The truth hurts when we admit that we eat food that tastes good knowing it's detrimental.

More truth shows those with Celiac Disease (myself) who go on a 100% gluten-free diet and remove all cross contamination risks at home, restaurants and packaged goods are treated by removal of gluten. Why you may ask? Well the first reason is if you're unhealthy everyday something is clearly wrong. Secondly, wheat a common gluten protein is so abrasive to the digestive track binding to molecules in your body, removing it will show benefits. Third, when removing gluten found in poor food choices with empty calories, sugars and carbs from bread, bagels, pastas, cookies, crackers and sauces that are processed packaged goods that saturate American grocery stores.

The truth about common cross contamination can change if all gluten-free consumers demanded 100% gluten-free experience including those on the band wagon taking it more seriously. Even a little tiny bit of gluten can effect a Celiac and someone with an undiagnosed intolerance. 

The final truth is substituting gluten-free foods that are nutrient dense and more envinronmentally responsible can both fulfill your cravings and keep your health up. 

Common Gluten Related Symptoms (Reference Gluten-Free Resource Directory)

  1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation after eating gluten
  2. Keratosis Pilaris, (skin on the arms) which is fatty acid and other vitamin deficiency
  3. Fatigue, brain food or feeling tired after meals that have gluten
  4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative, colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma or multiple sclerosis 
  5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling off balance
  6. Hormone imbalance such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility
  7. Migraine headaches, migraine headaches and migraine headaches
  8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia when diagnosis can't be pinpointed
  9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips
  10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD

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