With Thanksgiving out of the way, now we can start to think about Christmas and then of course the New Year.
This time of the year things get kinda crazy with shopping for gifts, travel plans, and getting the house Christmas ready. I hope you take the time to start thinking about your achievements this past year and your goals for the coming year. It’s one of my favorite things to do. 🙂
Last week, we talked about gut balance and how important it is to optimize your gut lining as your first line of defense, and how it can have an impact on essentially every system in your body.
Remember, the small intestines (which is part of your gut) house over 70 % of your immune system and the implications of this on your health is huge.
I referenced an analogy of gardening last week. That for a successful harvest, you need to seed, weed, and feed.
So, as we approach the new year, I want to empower you to make informed health decisions about what to do and eat to stay healthy.
Today I want to talk about gluten. The hype about gluten free has stirred so much confusion and angst among my patients so I wanted to clarify and demystify gluten and its implications for you.
So the fears around gluten was in large part due to overall digestive issues we as a nation began to have. From Celiac Disease to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, many people suffer from digestive disorders.
While people with Celiac disease have a definitive intolerance to gluten, for others, it is sensitivity at best. In reality, people tend to feel better when they eliminate gluten. I feel this is in large part due to lack of good friendly bacteria in our gut.
Before I talk more about gluten, let’s understand the history of gluten.
It’s important to understand that gluten is a natural component of most whole grains, and we’ve been consuming it since we first started cultivating grains since 8800 BC.
The use of wheat has evolved and its use expanded from the medieval times to the industrial revolution making it much more demographically widespread.
Then in 1992, the original American Food Guide Pyramid, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, listed whole grains as one of the most important food groups, stating that one should eat at least 6-11 servings of whole grains per day.
At the same time, Let’s not forget that the “fat free”fad was on the rise with artificial sweeteners and trans fatty acids and high carbs in the form of processed grains were the common staple in our diets. Now, they are now scientifically proven to be highly toxic. Not only are they toxic, but its impact on our health was detrimental over time. I believe that this is when we as a nation began to get sick.
So as the Americans began consuming more refined and processed grains as the food guide pyramid suggested for good health, incidence of gluten intolerance and its associated diseases such as Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease was also on the rise.
Fast forward to today, Digestive, autoimmune, hormone dysfunctions are also on the rise.
We are finding that these so called chemical bombs that we consumed as “food” can cause gut permeability, creating unhealthy “ecology” in our gut further causing degradation in the integrity of our gut and as a result we become intolerant to many foods, such as whole grains and gluten.
So is it the gluten that’s causing us to be sick or is it the health of our gut that is compromised causing discomfort?
Indeed I do see real sensitivity in my patients as well as myself. And generally most of us feel better without gluten in our diet.
My premise is that its not that gluten is bad, rather, it’s that we’ve reached our threshold for toxins through foods and our gut barrier no longer is able to protect our body.
Symptoms of which are, weight gain, digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, and pain of all sorts.
And yes, gluten free is what I place my patients when “weeding”to detoxify. This allows for gut healing and rest for our gut to build resilience. However, it can be reintroduced without side effects for those who do not have sensitivity and/or true intolerance to gluten. So its a temporary elimination.
Coming back to the prior blog, everything is about balance. So key take away is not to be gluten free and be confused about what gluten free life is.
Rather, eliminate it for a while and heal your gut with good quality probiotics and allow your gut to build resiliency.
Then, you should be able to enjoy all foods in moderation. So how?
Eliminate all gluten, processed foods that contain additive, preservatives, and sugar. (anything artificial), carbonated beverages, dairy (cheese, milk and eggs),, fatty meats, alcohol, yeast, and caffeine.
Add probiotics to build good friendly bacteria for your gut.
Drink lots of water through the day,
Eat 40/30/30, vegetables, protein (meats, fish), and fats (avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds)
Do this for just 28 days and I promise you’ll feel much better, have more energy, you’ll lose weight, and have sharp mind.
You can download our elimination guide here.
At least now you know what gluten is and that it’s not all bad. Knowledge is power and with it you can make informed choices on what’s best for you. Be Careful listening to everyone giving nutrition or health advice. Many times, it’ll just confuse you.
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