Even though eliminating gluten from your diet is crucial if you suffer from Celiac disease (a true gluten allergy) or an intolerance, everyone can benefit from avoiding it! Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s what gives the elastic quality to bread doughs and helps in the rising process. Basically, the name gluten is derived from its actual glue-like qualities. Think about how glue would feel in your stomach: probably not very good. Help your overall health and wellness by trying out a gluten-free lifestyle. You may discover it’s the one for you, even if you aren’t severely allergic.
Eating gluten can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, ab cramping, gas, bloating, and constipation. So when you eliminate it, you can start to avoid a lot of these issues. It’s actually been known to worsen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you are experiencing digestive issues, you may want to eliminate gluten to see if this helps your problems.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has actually correlated headaches, foggy thinking, and depression to eating gluten—even if you do not suffer from Celiac. So they recommend eliminating gluten from your diet and see if that improves your thinking, focus, and overall mood. What you put into your body really does affect your neurological activity.
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The study of gluten ingestion has determined a correlation between eating healthy foods alongside gluten and the subsequent inability to then ingest all the nutrients in those healthy foods. When you aren’t getting all the vitamins you need, your energy levels definitely start lacking. Eliminate gluten and watch your energy levels begin to soar again!
Eat Healthier Overall
The awesome thing about a gluten-free diet is that it really requires a lot of healthy, fresh, well-rounded ingredients. Plus, gluten can be found in a lot of heavily-processed foods which are a definite source of unhealthiness. Once you eliminate gluten, it’ll force you to reach for those more well-rounded foods that are so much better for your body.
Gluten contains an inflammatory molecule called cytokine, so eating gluten can increase the levels of this molecule in your body! Inflammation can cause pain, disease, and even cancer. Eliminating gluten is just another way of reducing your intake of inflammatory foods, and will have you reaching for more anti-inflammatory options (which also include foods with the vitamins and antioxidants your body craves).
Because gluten can be found in a lot of unhealthy, processed options, eliminating it will have you reaching for healthier foods in its place. And when you’re filling yourself up on these healthy foods, you get full faster! Avoiding gluten will help you also avoid a lot of artificial sugars and extra starches—a huge culprit for weight gain.
Expand Your Food and Diet Horizons
When you begin a gluten-free diet, you’ll discover gluten is in a lot of comfort foods. Bread and pasta can no longer be your quick, easy go-to meals! You’ll have to seek out alternative options for that starchy component you’ll still crave. Experiment with quinoa, rice, and ancient grains.