Do you remember when eating “Fat Free” was the go to weight loss solution, or when ABSOLUTELY no carbohydrates were allowed, and Adkins magically solved all our weight related problems? While these diet trends may have worked for some friends we have known throughout the years, that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, which is why they get categorized as “fad diets”. Fad diets come and go, and only contribute to short-term weight loss, not healthy eating lifestyles. Unfortunately, the gluten free diet is getting categorized into the “fad diet” category and it certainly doesn't belong there!
There are three different types of people who decide to go gluten free: 1. A person diagnosed with Celiac Disease- which is an autoimmune disease to the protein from gluten that causes an immune reaction to the small intestines and damages its inner surface so nutrients cannot be absorbed. 2. A person who has gluten intolerance, and feels a discomfort from it, but doesn’t have the autoimmune reaction as Celiac patients do. 3. And lastly, a person who chooses to keep gluten out of their diet for the health benefits
If you are unfamiliar with gluten and don’t understand why this gluten free way of life is more than just a “fad diet” then take a look at the quick facts I’ve gathered to sum up the meaning behind going gluten free. • Gluten is found in foods such as wheat, barley, rye, and spelt • 1 out of 20 Americans have gluten sensitivity • Gluten causes bloating and irritableness in the digestive track, due to the over-processing of grains now of days, which leads to harder digestion on our bodies • Gluten free diets help reduce dermatological issues- such as acne and skin irritations for people with eczema • Gluten in the body can cause inflammation even if you aren’t allergic or sensitive to it- which can irritate people dealing with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia • Gluten free diet helps with neurological issues and cognitive clarity- which is why studies show children with autism benefit from a gluten free diet
There are SO MANY more facts about going gluten free that I could go on and on, but if you are thinking about giving it a shot I suggest you try it out for at least 2 weeks- NO GLUTEN AT ALL. One week won’t be enough time for your body to detox and adjust to the changes, after 2 weeks I promise you will feel different, a good different!
I have a lot of back ground knowledge on Celiacs and living a gluten free lifestyle since I am celiac myself. I know the myths and facts behind this way of life and if anyone has questions or concerns please feel free to comment and I will be delighted to share my findings.
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