Gluten Or No Gluten…
Is It Time You Went Gluten Free?
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What is Gluten?
Almost everyone today is aware of gluten. In case you’re not, gluten is a name for the two proteins — gliadin and glutenin — found in certain grains such as wheat, rye and barley. (It is the gliadin protein that people react to negatively.)
Gluten is literally the “glue” that holds food together. It is found in many foods such as breads and other baked goods, soups, pasta, cereal, sauces and salad dressings. Gluten can even be found in your toothpaste and medications! My general rule of thumb: If it’s packaged, it probably contains gluten!
If you are one of the many people who have jumped on the gluten-free food trend, you may think you are eating healthier. And you probably are. In many ways going gluten-free is healthier, especially if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, which is more common than you might think, and can cause a spectrum of symptoms that make you feel unwell.
So, if you are wondering whether you have a gluten sensitivity, or you’re not sure if a gluten-free lifestyle is good for you, or if you have struggled with going gluten free and haven’t fully been able to give it up, here is some information that may help you make your decision and stay on track.
Is Going Gluten Free Right for You?
Certainly, if you are one of the 1%-2% of people who have Celiac disease, you should avoid gluten. If you think you may have Celiac disease but are unsure, you should be tested.
Not all people with Celiac disease have abdominal symptoms. In fact, many more have vague symptoms such as fatigue or anemia. Celiac disease is considered to be an autoimmune disease and celiac patients seem to be at increased risk for other autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Type 1 diabetes, Multiples Sclerosis and more.
Gluten sensitivity (or gluten intolerance) is much more common than Celiac disease and can also have serious consequences. One of the reasons so many people are now gluten intolerant has to do with the widespread use of GMO wheat which, despite what you’ve been told by the FDA, is neither safe nor healthy.
While there is no medical definition for gluten sensitivity, it basically means that you have some sort of adverse reaction to gluten and if you stop eating it, your symptoms improve.
Unfortunately, there is no clear way of diagnosing gluten sensitivity. You just need to stop eating it for a while and see how you feel on a gluten free diet.
I have found that the best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten (or any food) is to do an elimination diet. This means you take all gluten-containing foods out of your diet for 4 weeks. (The longer you can avoid gluten the better because gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system.) After you have eliminated gluten from your diet for a period of time, you can try to reintroduce it. If you notice that your symptoms come back, or that other symptoms arise, then you may have a READ MORE: http://www.drnorthrup.com/gluten-free-diet/#sthash.lgFPkTO0.dpuf