Gluten intolerance or allergy to wheat or celiac disease – what does it all mean? Gluten, the latin word for Glue………. Is this something new for doctors to sell more drugs or has it been around for years?
40 years ago I lived in Australia, at the time the country was not highly populated and focused on health and wellness. Life was full of fresh grown produce, farm-grown products and the emphasize on natural or organic products in all areas including shampoo, soaps, deodorants etc. Remember did I say 40 years ago.
After spending 10 years in Australia I went back to the UK and within a very short time I became very ill. Everything I ate or drank upset me and I went from a size 4 to a size 14, never in my life had I ever been anything but a size 4. My weight never fluctuated. I therefore, went to a holistic doctor and found out I was allergic to nearly every food source there was. The food I had been eating for the last 10 years was so pure and good I had not built up any resistance to the food I was eating now. This food was full of chemicals, pesticides and more.
This was when I found out I was gluten intolerant, 30 years ago!!!! So to answer your question – no – this is not a new fad, it is real and it is a problem for many. However, I will add there are people in the medical profession giving out prescription medication when all that is needed is a change of diet.
I had to eat practically nothing except rice and organic vegetables until my body turned around. In those days there were very few gluten free products and if you did find any they were very expensive.
Gluten can cause leaky gut which is not pleasant but a lot of the time it causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system this causes headaches, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
What is Gluten?
a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.
Also the skin, being the largest organ in the body, absorbs everything you put onto it into your bloodstream therefore you must check labels for shampoo, body lotion, soaps, deodorant, and skin care items. Some body scrubs are made from wheat germ. Check your labels.
What can be done for you?
What I do is eat organic vegetables most of the time. When I had to re-visit what I ate due to the symptoms I was having, bloating, feeling tired, pain in hands and feet. Swelling all over the body, retaining fluid. I decided then to become vegetarian with a little bit of seafood and fish from time to time. I make sure I don’t eat processed foods. It is easy to eat out, order salad with dressing on the side, you can be sure the dressing will have some sort of wheat or grain in it. Most restaurants are used to vegetarians these days and have no problem serving steamed vegetables as a main course. If you are like one of my friends who goes into shock when gluten is anywhere near her food then you have to be even more careful when eating out.
There are natural remedies you can take to help with symptoms, obviously remove Gluten from your diet completely. Anti-inflammatory like chamomile and horsetail tea helps with any inflammation caused by any gluten intake. I personally like Chamomile tea, good for so many good things. Vitamin B is a good one to take to help the brain along with Omega 3.
Some questions you might want to ask yourself to find out if you have any food intolerance are:
- I crave baked goods, pasta and other high sugar impact foods
- After eating a big meal, I am hungry and crave more of what I ate several hours later
- I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues.
- I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise and still struggle to lose every pound
- I need coffee or caffeine as a pick me up in the middle of the morning or afternoon.
Be always mindful of how and what you eat. We are triggered to eat depending on our emotions at the time. Being mindful will help you make better choices. Be mindful that Gluten Free does not mean it is more of a healthy choice all round. Research shows some gluten free products have more calories, sugars, and fats. Also, in this research, it was shown that some replacement ingredients like rice contained large amounts of arsenic.
There are numerous articles, research, and blogs on this subject, what I always tell my clients, do what is best for you. Your individual body has it’s own make up, blood type, digestive system and allergies. You alone are the only one that can tell what is going on.
Make choices for YOUR body no matter what sort of health or medical practitioner you use.
I make sure I eat for my blood type which I will cover in other blogs, and for what is going on for me at that time. Sometimes I eat things and they are fine and other times I can repeat that item and have an adverse reaction to it.
Know your body and eat accordingly.
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