7 reasons to go Gluten Free

With all the hype surrounding gluten-free diets, it would be easy to dismiss this new found “miracle” diet as just another fad. I used to think that too until I really started to investigate why gluten is harmful to our health and why so many of my patients (myself included!) see dramatic changes in their health when they eliminate gluten.

7 reasons to go Gluten-Free:

1. It’s not your grandmother’s wheat

Wheat, the greatest source of gluten in most diets, has dramatically changed over the past 100 years. Wheat now has almost twice as many genes as the original species. And more of those genes code for gluten which means our bodies did not evolve eating this type of wheat!

2. It spikes blood sugar & insulin

Carbohydrates found in wheat (and other grains) contain a substance called “amylopectin A” which makes our blood sugar levels skyrocket. The body responds by dumping large amounts of insulin into our blood stream. This combination of high blood sugar + high insulin increases your risk for weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and maybe even cancer.

3. It can contribute to the development of food sensitivities

When we eat foods like wheat and gluten, they can cause significant damage and inflammation in our digestive systems and cause a condition called “leaky gut”. Having a “leaky gut” can cause you to develop food sensitivities, allergies, skin problems and more!

4. It increases your “bad” cholesterol

Gluten can raise fat molecules in the blood (triglycerides) and “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL). To make matters worse, gluten promotes the formation of “small LDL” molecules which are even more dangerous and increase your risk for heart attack and heart disease.

5. It makes your body more acidic

Every food you eat either increases or decreases the acidity in your body. Foods that are more “acidic” such as gluten can increase inflammation in the body which has been linked to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

6. It makes you hungry

Ever notice how eating carbs makes you crave more carbs? Gluten has effects on both your blood sugar and chemicals in your brain that give you a temporary euphoric feeling. Once that feeling is gone you’ll likely be looking to fix your next sugar craving.

7. It makes you age faster

Gluten and processed carbohydrates create AGEs (advanced glycation end products) which are essentially sugar molecules that bind to proteins in the body. These AGEs have been linked to cataracts, dementia, wrinkles, and premature aging.

Want to see if going gluten free is right for you?

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What are food sensitivities?

What are food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities are an immune reaction to a food in the diet. They are becoming increasingly common due to a variety of factors including:

  • The over-consumption of processed and genetically-modified foods
  • Chronic stress which strains the digestive system
  • Overuse of certain medications (such as heartburn medication and antibiotics) which can disrupt our healthy gut bacteria

Food Allergy vs Food Sensitivity

Food allergies (like peanuts allergies) cause an immediate reaction that often includes hives, rashes, digestive upset, and difficulty breathing.

Food sensitivities on the other hand can be more subtle. Symptoms can appear 24 to 72 hours after eating an offending food and the symptoms are different for everyone but may include diarrhea, constipation, headaches, fatigue, skin concerns, and joint pain. The delayed reaction can make it very difficult to identify the offending food!

What are the most common food sensitivities?

  • Milk and dairy products, eggs, wheat and gluten, peanuts, tree nuts (almond, walnuts), soy, corn, brewer’s yeast (found in beer, wine, vinegar, and soy sauce) and baker’s yeast (found in bread, pastries, muffins).

How do I know if I have food sensitivities?

There are 2 main ways to identify food sensitivities.

1. Elimination Diet

The elimination diet involves removing the most common foods that cause sensitivities (see list above) for a minimum of 3 weeks. After the elimination phase, foods are gradually reintroduced in a systematic order in order to determine if any reactions occur.

2. Food sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivity testing is done through a simple blood draw. It measures how your immune system reacts to 96 common foods. There are special tests available for vegetarians and those eating certain ethnic diets. The results of the test allow you to determine exactly which foods your body doesn’t tolerate well.

To learn more about food sensitivity testing options
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