Gluten is the latin word for glue and thats exactly what it is. Gluten a protein composite found in grains that binds; it makes dough sticky and gives it elasticity. It’s also very hard to digest and blocks the absorption of some nutrients.
How do you know if you are gluten sensitive? Gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea and constipation are all signs of a possible gluten intolerance. It is no coincidence that reports of trouble with gluten and full blown celiac disease have increased by 400% since the 1950’s when scientists began cross breeding wheat. Combining this new hybrid wheat with GMO’s and the pesticide Round-Up, equals a recipe for health disaster.
You used to have to go to the “health food store” to find gluten-free products, now every grocery store stocks varieties of gluten-free options. This is good to see, especially for individuals with celiac disease or those with gluten sensitivity. In America, reports have shown that only about one percent have celiac disease, although we think the actual number is higher. This health condition, which is triggered by an immune reaction to gluten, destroys the lining of the small intestine. This severely restricts the absorption of nutrients needed by the body system. Increased intestinal permeability, otherwise known as leaky gut, maybe one of the biggest causes of all disease conditions.
For non celiac people, gluten sensitivity or intolerance can create a range of other serious health conditions, which incidentally drastically improve or vanish when the gluten is eliminated from the diet.
You may be gluten sensitive or intolerant and not know it. That’s why The Drs. Wolfson say: Go Paleo! Do it for 30 days and you will see a huge difference in your health. Just like “there’s no crying in baseball”…there’s no gluten in paleo.
Again, the growing prevalence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance is not a fad. GMO food companies recognize the business opportunity and have jumped on the bandwagon of gluten free options. The gluten free industry is expected to surpass the 15 billion dollar mark in 2016! This is good and bad. Make sure you read your labels and know who the parent company is before you support a business. You may be surprised to find out who owns some healthy looking brands…that’s a topic that we’ll cover in another post. Stay tuned.
Processed gluten-heavy foods have been known to be detrimental not only to individual health, but also to our nation at large… which sadly is getting larger all the time. Take the first step to health by going gluten free. You’ll be glad you did.
As a Paleo Cardiologist, I recommend you ditch the gluten and reduce the risk factor that triggers debilitating health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and some cancers. A mass variety of delicious vegetables are the cornerstone to gluten free paleo diet! Organic veggies and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which perform critical metabolic functions such as fighting or eliminating viruses, germs and free radicals that cause serious health conditions. Combine that with pastured ethically raised protein, wild seafood, healthy fats and you’re good to go. A diet that supports overall health and happiness. Not to mention, it supports sustainable resources and local economies.
Watch out for gluten-free products. Many of those foods contain dangerous preservatives and additives. In addition, the gluten-free items are rarely organic. I have warned my patients that these foods are “carbolicious.” The gluten is gone but the carbs remain. They spike blood sugar and lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
Gluten-free diets can help support weight loss, particularly if an individual eats a well-balanced meal that contains needed nutrients in organic produce with protein and healthy fats. Some people respond to cutting out the wheat alone. But if you want to gain wait or inhibit weight loss (which you don’t), eat carbs. Eat fat to lose fat.
Most common sources of dietary fiber are high in gluten. Whole grain “anything” and all the rest of the usual items you’ll see in HUGE quantity on the antiquated food pyramid are packed with fiber, but at what price? You can easily get all the fiber you need from vegetables without the substantial risk of diabetes that goes along with eating all the grains, sugar and processed junk.
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