By now most of us have heard about gluten, but how many know what gluten is and how gluten affects our health. You may have also heard that gluten-free diet will help you lose weight
LET ME SHARE THE ANSWERS TO MOST ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GLUTEN-FREE DIET
WHAT IS GLUTEN?
Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. There are two factors in gluten: gliadin and glutenin. These are also the only ones tested. Gluten is found in foods such as bread, pasta, sauces, soups, salad dressing, cereal, desserts and through contamination even in spices
WHAT CAUSES GLUTEN INTOLERANCE?
There are many reasons why some people struggle with digesting gluten. Consuming food they cannot digest (like sugars and alcohol), antibiotics and low nutrient diets can all contribute to damaged gut flora, which can lead to gluten sensitivities. Far more people have gluten intolerance than you may think, without knowing.
WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
In Celiac disease, there is damage to the lining of the small intestine, which is called the villi. The villi absorb nutrients from food; when this is damaged, serious health issues may arise, such as osteoporosis, anemia, neurological issues, and more. If celiac disease is undiagnosed, it can cause major damage to every part of your body, increasing the risk of conditions such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, thyroid, depression the list keeps growing.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?
Most common testing is biopsy of a small intestine or testing for genetic markers may also be a way to determine if a person is likely to have Celiac disease, and you must be on a diet that includes gluten to be diagnosed
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE?
For now the only way to know if you are gluten-intolerant is to eliminate gluten from your diet and if you start feeling better, have more energy and sleep better you may be gluten-intolerant so listen to your body
CAN ANYONE BENEFIT FROM FOLLOWING A GLUTEN-FREE DIET?
Each person’s body is different with individual dietary needs, but we all benefit from a well-balanced diet that includes raw food, eating organic food whenever possible, fermented food, high-quality probiotics but also cutting back on processed food, alcohol, antibiotics, and sugar. However, if you are looking for weight loss diet consult with a nutritionist or dietician to help you choose a well-balanced diet for weight loss. There is no scientific evidence that gluten-free diet improves overall health or promotes weight loss. Many gluten-free products have added fats, sugars and starches to make them taste better and to improve the texture, so read your labels or make healthy gluten-free meals from scratch. If you are suffering from gluten-intolerance or Celiac disease you must follow a 100% gluten-free diet to feel well, even a small amount of gluten can set you back for months
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