The basics on Gluten

 

ImageGluten Free is the new trendy catch phrase you see everywhere. Unfortunately manufactures are putting “Gluten Free” on everything including a can of tomatoes of all places! With so much misinformation out there, I will attempt to explain the basics of why gluten is harmful.

What is Gluten?

Gluten (from the Latin gluten, “glue”) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including rye, spelt and barley. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it raise and keeps it shape and often gives the final chewy texture

Gluten is often present is beer and soy sauce and can be used as a stabilizing agent is more unexpected food products such as ice cream and ketchup.

Why is it so harmful?

A review paper in the The England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten. These include:

 

Osteoporosis                                       Irritable Bowel disease

Inflammatory Bowel disease                Anemia

Cancer                                                 Fatigue

Canker Sores                                      Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lupus                                                  Multiple Sclerosis

Many other autoimmune disease

 

Gluten can also be linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines, epilepsy and neuropathy (nerve damage).

Gluten sensitivity is actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tracts and more.

Of course, that does not mean that ALL cases of depression or autoimmune disease or any of these other chronic issues are caused by gluten in everyone—however it is important to look for it if you have any chronic illness.                  

Gluten sensitivity is actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tracts and more.

By failing to identify gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, we create needless suffering for millions of Americans. Health problems caused by gluten sensitivity cannot be treated with medication. They can only be resolved by eliminating 100% of the gluten from your diet.

So now you see, that piece of bread may not be so wholesome after all! Consider giving up gluten to find out if gluten may be the hidden cause of your health problem.

Be well,

Kristin

 

 

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