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Should you eat gluten

Posted on: 2019-04-30 09:54:35Healthy Eating

Gluten, what it is and how it can affect us

Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain products. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep shape. Gluten is a source of protein in both foods prepared directly from sources containing it and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein.

It’s estimated that 1 in 130 people in the developed world has a gluten intolerance and over 55 diseases have been linked to gluten. It’s also estimated that about 95% of people that have a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease are never diagnosed.

There are lots of symptoms that could mean you might have a gluten intolerance.
Gas, bloating and constipation are all signs of it, the latter especially among children that have eaten gluten.

Fatigue, brain fog and feeling tired after eating a meal containing it.

Keratosis pilaris (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms) tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

Migraines, anxiety, depression, ADD and mood swings are also prevalent after consuming gluten.

Hormonal imbalances such as PCOS, PMS and unexplained infertility.

Chronic fatigue (adrenal fatigue) which your doctor cannot pinpoint a reason for can be due to gluten.

Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, hips and knees.

So how do we avoid it?
Avoiding all food and drinks containing barley, rye, wheat. Wheat products such as spelt, durum flour, bulgur and semolina should also be avoided. Also, unless labelled gluten-free, you should also avoid beer, breads, cakes and pies, cereals. Cookies, pasta, luncheon meats, chips and salad dressings.
Take the 2 week challenge, eliminate all these foods from your diet and I can guarantee that most of you will feel less bloated, tighter around the tummy and generally better in yourself!!!

Louise Kavanagh