Why You Should Avoid Gluten
If you’re looking at a gluten-free lifestyle and still just aren’t sure, now’s the time to do a little more research. Does gluten make you feel crappy? The best way to find out is to go gluten-free for 30 days – then eat gluten again and see how you feel. You might not realize that it really does make you feel bad (sluggish, among other things), and then you might be ready to make the switch!
Did you know?
- Gluten causes inflammation in the gut of nearly 80% of the population? The effects of gluten can be mild to severe, but one thing that stood out to me while I was reading about it was that gluten can cause a leaky gut. A leaky gut means that food will not digest properly, which means the nutrients also won’t be fully absorbed.
- Some studies claim that gluten is cancer causing. It’s especially damaging to those with autoimmune diseases. Folks with IBS can also have adverse reactions to gluten.
- Several disorders respond well to a gluten-free diet. These include, but are not limited to: ADHD, Autism, and Epilepsy.
- Many people believe wheat is addictive.
Signs that Your Body Doesn’t Like Gluten:
There’s a self-test you can give yourself to see if you’re sensitive to gluten. Also, look out for these symptoms:
- mood issues like anxiety and depression
- migraines and headaches
- chronic fatique or overall feeling sluggish, especially after eating
- dizziness, or feeling off-balance
- gas, bloating, and/or constipation after eating gluten
Tips to avoid gluten:
Even cutting back on your gluten consumption may make you feel better! Gluten makes many of us feel tired – exhausted even – so reducing your intake by 50% or more might make a big enough difference.
If you decide that eliminating gluten is something you want to do, be sure to focus on healthy alternatives. Going from junk food with gluten to junk food without gluten isn’t a very big step. Your body will thank you for eating healthy, whole, non-processed foods that you cook at home!
Here are a few books that have help me on this research:
- The Gluten-Free Bible
- Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap
- Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, Pocket Edition
- The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes.
Have you had issues with gluten? Did going gluten-free improve your energy or other issues?