Gluten-free diets are one of the hottest diets in the world.
Yes, it is a trend. But why are so many people flirting with the idea that gluten is making them bloated? A gluten sensitivity diet might be a less extreme way to combat this bloating.
Gluten contains gliadin molecules that can provoke an inflammatory reaction. This molecule frequently causes toxic reactions that trigger your immune system to respond. If you are sensitive to gliadin you body will make antibodies to it and attack cells. Your body treats those cells as an infection. This can lead to multiple health problems throughout your body.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
A seldom tummy bloating might not bother you, but the long-term consequences can make you pretty ill. To name a few, this can include a decrease in serotonin levels, adhesions to the small intestine, and malabsorption of vital nutrients your body needs. Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou’s research points out that gluten sensitivity may even relate to a number of neurological conditions without involving the digestive tract.
Elimination diets are a perfect solution to discover if you are sensitive to gluten.
Elimination diets are completely free, take between 14-23 days, and provide accurate results. What is even better is that you eliminate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley (no beer) and then you enjoy mouthfuls of gluten to see what you discover.
Eliminate gluten 100% for 23 days + eat gluten for 2 days on the 23rd day =
Eliminate gluten 100% of the time (this is a must), for 23 days. Do your best to get as close to 23 days as possible. On the 23rd day eat gluten and your tummy will tell you the results – inflamed or not. For some people it may take up to 2 days to see a physical reaction. For me, my tummy blew up like a balloon in a matter of minutes, along with a sinus infection and acne that kicked in later.
If this is the case, it is not necessary to eat gluten for 2 days – you should stop once you see immediate reactions. Other people I know experienced gluten withdrawals within the first few days of the diet (common detox symptoms like a headache). Always consult a medical doctor if your case is severe and starting gluten sensitivity diet.
What can you eat if you cannot eat gluten?
A world without gluten has endless possibilities – trust me. Living in and traveling to places like France, England, Mexico, India and Africa, I have always found gluten-free options. Though it is much easier living in California, there are always alternatives. Organic corn tortillas, brown rice pasta, or plain old rice, and lettuce used as wraps instead of bread are a few.
If you do crave bread, go for it! There are many gluten-free bread products on the market. Not all of them taste moist and fluffy like glutenous bread, but one I recommend is Canyon Bakehouse.
Once you let go of something you think your body needs, something unexpected can happen – you open yourself up to receiving something far more meaningful.
The number one rule is to never feel deprived on gluten sensitivity diet. Upon waking, remind yourself that you are making a conscious decision about your health that makes you feel amazing! Once you come from a place of self-preservation, self-deprivation refuses to linger in the mind. Better yet, it becomes easier and easier each and every day.