Think cutting out gluten is just for those with Celiac disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Hold on! Dont butter up that tasty bagel just yet. As someone who suffers mildly from IBS, my experimentation and reading has taught me a few things about this insidious character.
Gluten is a protein composite that gives foods like wheat, barley, rye, etc. its elasticity. It also can be found in less obvious places such as toothpaste, chocolate, ketchup, deli meats and others. This is what makes switching to a gluten free diet so challenging for people like myself. Admittedly, I have not been able to make a COMPLETE switch over, but i’m getting there. Aside from trying to avoid making my plumbing a lil cranky there are other good reasons for EVERYONE to consider dropping gluten…..
1. Body fat loss
While dropping gluten mat not direcly lead to fat loss, building your diet around unprocessed, whole foods that are high in protein may be a great start. Also, having no gluten can improve blood sugar and insulin health which is very important for fending away fat.
2. Energy levels
Without the irritation and inflammation, it stands to reason that my new found increase in energy levels may be tied to my bowels being better able to process and utilize the nutrients passing through it. This is part of what is often referred to as ‘gut health.’
3. Not dying!
Ok, maybe a lil’ dramatic but if dropping gluten lessens my chances of diabetes, I’m in. Considering the epidemic rise of diabetes these days, it should be a serious consideration for many others as well. Also, gluten intake can also lead to the production of harmful compounds such as zonulin, that can cause brain inflammation.
So, given all this, I will continue my quest to eventually go completely gluten free one day and I wish you all luck in fine tuning and optimizing your diet as well.