Thinking of a Gluten-Free Diet?
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a chance you already have a basic understanding of gluten intolerance and/or the benefits of maintaining a gluten-free diet. However, should you have a friend/acquaintance/frenemy who’s in need of a little education on the topic then share, share, share!
For people suffering from Coeliac Disease or a wheat allergy, removing gluten from a diet is crucial to their overall health. However, the gluten-free diet isn’t restricted to people with intolerance. There’s a whole community of foodies dedicated to this way of life for the health benefits it brings, including a couple of big name celebs. Ozzie actor Russell Crowe began eating GF when preparing for a film role, attempting to get back into ‘Gladiator’ shape; whilst Gwyneth Paltrow has even brought a book out containing her favourite GF recipes!
Whilst the diet (like many before it) has often been criticized as a fad, the sheer number of individuals taking it up has forced industries to make a conscious effort to provide viable GF options, meaning we now have real, edible alternatives to some of our favourite dishes. Up until recently, we would dread eating out in restaurants, supermarket options were confined to one shelf and the idea of a gluten-free pork pie was but a distant memory. How times have changed!
If you’re suffering from persistent digestive issues then you may be suffering from something known as Gluten Sensitivity. This is something that affects millions across the world, and is harder to diagnose than Coeliac Disease. It is something that can affect anyone, in a variety of different ways. There are a number of improvements that can be seen just days after eliminating gluten from the diet of someone suffering from GS. These include:
- Increased Energy Levels. If you are sensitive to gluten, there’s a good chance that that ol’ bod of yours is not absorbing the necessary amount of vitamins and nutrients. By eliminating gluten, the inflammation in your intestines will begin to subside, and your body can start to absorb an adequate level of nutrients.
- Reduced Inflammation. In many individuals, gluten causes inflammation in both the gastro-intestinal system, and in other tissues throughout the body. These issues are reversed once gluten is eliminated. Hoorah!
- Better Mood. According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, GS sufferers can experience ADHD-type symptoms, headaches, muddled thinking and low mood. When a GS person consumes gluten, cytokines are released as a result of the inflammation in the intestines. These naughty little tinkers are inflammatory molecules that can interfere with normal brain functioning. Not good!
Now, obviously we would always advise seeking the advice of your Doctor should you suffer from any serious changes in your digestive system. However, should you think you may have a sensitivity, give it a go for a couple of days and see how you feel. There’s never been a better time to try!