Eating Gluten Free


Dr Judy Hinojosa-SinksBasing your diet off of the gluten-free phenomenon can be genuinely healthy and may benefit your cholesterol levels, digestion, and energy level. Gluten free food helps in the recovery of the small intestine and helps the absorption of the nutrients in the body. Gluten is mainly found in wheat. It is a type of protein. A higher than average number of people who suffer from autoimmune disorders are allergic or intolerant to gluten. Gluten is considered an inflammatory food that many people would do better without. Gluten is hidden in most processed foods and sauces so to avoid gluten one must do much more than avoid flour. Gluten is also found in foods like oats, barley, rye, pizza, pastas, white bread, and the list goes on.

Gluten free diets are generally prescribed for the patients suffering from celiac disease. Celiac disease patients are intolerant to gluten when it comes in contact with the small intestine. Gluten hinders and slows down the absorption process of the nutrients from the food we eat. Hence celiac disease patients are given a gluten free diet. But there are also many people who use it as a weight loss therapy, or to better their diabetes. Diabetic patients who follow gluten free diet have seen their blood sugar levels decrease significantly and feel they have more energy to exercise and go about with their day by day activity. In addition, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have also seen beneficial in following a gluten free diet. Foods that are included in the Gluten free diets are rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet and corn. Foods that are to be avoided while on this diet are wheat and anything made out of wheat, semolina, noodles, malt, cookies, muffins, pastries. Gluten free diets is a healthy option, with the increased awareness of gluten free diets there are various products available with gluten free label on it. Gluten free products are a substitute for the products that are made of wheat.

Gluten free diets have also shown expediency in patients of autism, ADHD, and fibromyalgia to mention a few. For people who are intolerant to gluten, by them following a gluten free diet can prevent them from contracting other diseases related to their skin such as eczema and psoriasis. While considering a gluten free diet as a healthy option you need to first change your mindset. You need to consciously prepare your mind that you need a change in your eating habits. Before you think of going on a gluten free diet make sure you consult a naturopathic physician.


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