Why Should You Eat Gluten Free?
6 Reasons Why Gluten May be Bad for You
Awareness of the negative health effects of gluten has increased in the past few years.
One 2013 survey shows that a third of Americans are actively trying to eliminate gluten from their diets.
But gluten-free is more than just the latest trend… there are multiple studies showing that gluten can cause harmful effects.
Here are 6 reasons to avoid gluten.
Celiac Disease is on The Rise and Most People Remain Undiagnosed
Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye and barley.
Gluten consists of two proteins… gliadin and glutenin. It is the gliadin part that people react negatively to.
When flour is mixed with water, gluten forms a sticky cross-linked network of proteins, giving elastic properties to dough and allowing bread to rise when baked.
Actually, the name gluten is derived from these glue-like properties.
You are probably not allergic to gluten like I am, I have a mild form of sensitivity to Gluten. Gluten is not healthy for anyone; Why would you want to eat glue-like properties and stress your digestive system? Why would you want to stress your immune system? Your body uses loads of energy to digest this glue/poison that enters your body. You could use your energy for much better activities, like running in the park or laughing with your friends 😉 When you eat gluten, it is a tough process for your body to digest – allergic or not.
When gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, they mistakenly believe that it is coming from some sort of foreign invader, like a bacteria.
In certain people who are sensitive to gluten, this causes the immune system to mount an attack against it.
In celiac disease (the most severe form of gluten sensitivity), the immune system attacks the gluten proteins, but it also attacks an enzyme in the cells of the digestive tract called tissue transglutaminase.
Therefore, gluten exposure in celiac causes the immune system to attack both the gluten as well as the intestinal wall itself, so your body attacks a part of your own body, that is very dangerous. For this reason, celiac disease is classified as an autoimmune disease.
The immune reaction can cause degeneration of the intestinal wall, which leads to nutrient deficiencies, various digestive issues, anemia, fatigue, failure to thrive as well as an increased risk of many serious diseases.
Celiac disease is believed to afflict about 1% of people, but it may be more common (over 2%) in the elderly. There are also studies showing that the rate of celiac disease is increasing rapidly in the population, so stop eating gluten NOW!!
Keep in mind that a large percentage of celiac don’t even have abdominal symptoms, making diagnosis on clinical grounds very difficult.
The symptoms might manifest themselves in different ways, like fatigue, anemia… or something much worse, like a doubled risk of death in several studies.
According to one study, over 80% of people with celiac disease don’t even know that they have it.
Take care of yourself; most importantly take care of your body! You only have this one body why fill it with poison!?
Thank you for listening.