There are lots of people who are sick to death of hearing about gluten free. Many wonder, “How can a food we have been thriving on for centuries suddenly be so harmful?”
It’s easy to understand the skeptics. The hype of celebrities going on gluten-free diets to lose weight and giant food companies putting the gluten- free label every product they can, has turned a serious topic into a media circus.
Those who switch to gluten-free cookies, crackers, breads, bagels and pizzas to lose weight will soon be disappointed. Gluten-free baked goods are higher in calories and sugar than other baked goods and to be truthful, rarely taste as good.
Those are the people who are missing the big picture.
There is a very important story being told here and it is getting lost in the noise.
The work I do involves taking clients through an elimination diet that removes gluten and other common food intolerances. For 2 weeks our clients eat only carefully selected fresh, whole foods.
Most people sign on just hoping they will lose a few pounds.
Very few have any idea how much their diet is impacting their life.
They are astounded by the results of the detox. Most cannot believe how incredibly good they feel. They did not know that “normal” was supposed to feel like that. An even greater surprise was the long list of symptoms that simply disappeared.
The question is why?
Your immune system is in your intestines. Your intestines function in a way that is nothing short of miraculous. Our current diet and lifestyle puts a huge strain on this system. Your body will strive to overcome the damage caused by the overuse of aspirins and antibiotics (Aside from what your doctor prescribes, you are getting them in all commercially raised meats) and the chemicals, food dyes, trans fats, sugars and artificial sweeteners that are abundant in our food supply.
There comes a point of overwhelm.
The result is what is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
The villi of the small intestine become inflamed and irritated. This allows the toxins in the small intestines to flood into the blood stream. Your body sees this as an attack and responds by trying to remove the foreign invaders. The result is inflammation.
The best example of what happens is when you cut yourself. The site of the wound gets red and swells as part of the healing process. With Leaky Gut Syndrome this inflammation occurs in different parts of the body. Symptoms will vary from one person to the next, but the end result will be what we call autoimmune disease.
These are some of the common conditions you will suffer from: asthma, food allergies, belly bloat, chronic constipation, sinus problems, eczema, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, brain fog, body aches and pains including arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Leaky Gut Syndrome is reaching epidemic proportions.
When you have a leaky gut, one of the proteins that wreaks a lot of havoc is gluten. Gluten is the protein found in grains. The grains that are problematic are wheat, barley and rye.
For people with Leaky Gut Syndrome a gluten-free diet will be life changing.
But, if you want to go from feeling relief to feeling amazing, you need to do more than switch to highly processed gluten free substitutes.
Learn the real lesson of what is happening here.
Read the labels on what you are eating. If the ingredients didn’t at one time swim, run, fly or grow, put it back. I can promise if you take the time, you will find something very similar to what you are looking for that’s made with fresh ingredients. My bet is you will like it even better. It may cost you
a little more, but think of all you’ll be saving in medications and doctor visits.
It’s time we paid attention to the high price of cheap food.
You have a choice. You can pay the farmer or you can pay the pharmacy.
You can visit our web site www.backtobasicwellness.com if you would like to know more about doing an elimination diet to test for food intolerances.
Kathy is a Holistic Nutrition Coach and partner at Back to Basic Wellness. She and her business partner Ellen, a Natural Food Chef have created a powerful and innovative virtual program designed for today’s very busy woman. Using a unique team approach, they take you step by step through the process of eliminating the foods that are making you sick, tired and fat and replacing them with delicious foods your body will love. Kathy has always been fascinated by the healing power of food. She continually studies all the latest nutrition information and translates it into simple, practical advice. Her goal is to empower you to understand the language of your own body so you will always know the right foods to eat for a life of boundless energy and good health. Kathy is also a public speaker and is available for workshops and corporate wellness programs. You can read more at her web site: www.backtobasicwellness.com. You can contact her at [email protected]