Gluten-free Diets: Are they a fad or a real instrument for improved health?

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Gluten-free is a new fad that has emerged in recent years as the new way of staying lean and healthy. Is there truth behind this new fad? The truth is that the research to support a gluten-free lifestyle not so new. There are more and more studies showing how gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, can hinder proper digestion in the gastro-intestinal tract by allowing substances that ordinarily do not cross over into the bloodstream to cross over. This phenomenon can lead to common autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid) or Coeliac disease (an autoimmune disease of the intestine).

So, there most definitely may be some truth in sticking to a gluten-free diet. Even if you are not completely intolerant as one would be if they had Coeliac disease, you may still have an intolerance to gluten that you may not know about. Some symptoms of gluten intolerance are brain fog, fatigue, joint pain or discomfort, etc. The easiest way to find out if you may be intolerant to gluten is to try an elimination diet of wheat, barley, and rye products for at least two weeks. If the symptoms clear and re-appear again once these foods are re-introduced, you likely do have a problem with gluten.

In order to live gluten-free, follow a predominantly plant based diet with grass-fed meat and poultry. You can eat the following foods on a gluten-free diet:

Grass-fed chicken and meat

Free-range eggs

Fresh-water fish and seafood

Grass-fed and organic dairy products

Fruits

Vegetables

Flour substitutes like coconut flour or gluten-free oat flour

Nuts and seeds

Nut butters like almond butter

You can also bake breads or sweets that don’t use flour at all.

As you can see, life doesn’t have to end because you want to eat a gluten-free diet. For many, following a gluten-free lifestyle has helped them to decrease their bloating, increase their energy, and to lose weight. If you think that you may be intolerant to gluten, try to live without it for a few weeks to see if it helps. It may be the change you need to make in order to have the scale move in the right direction.

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