There are many benefits to omitting wheat and going gluten free. Besides the obvious for those who are diagnosed with Celiac disease, everyone can benefit from a gluten free diet. I will break down why getting rid of the “glu” in your diet will benefit your health. First, allow me to explain what gluten aka “glu” is. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (including spelt and contaminated oats) which gives dough elasticity and allows the final products to become pliable and chewy. The downfall of gluten is that it can be harmful to your digestion and contribute to high blood sugar which can result in type 2 diabetes. There are many reasons why one should go gluten free, but there are three main benefits your body will reap when omitting the ubiquitous protein:
Benefits for your digestive system
Decreases inflammation in the gut which means less bloating, gas, diarrhea, vomiting and irritable bowel.
Decreases the chances of auto-immune disease such as Celiac disease, Lupus, Hashimotos, Graves’s disease and many more that are linked to gluten intolerance. Gluten irritates your immune system which causes your immune system to constantly attack the foreign protein (gluten). When your immune system is consistently bombarded with gluten (i.e. eating gluten for every meal), it shuts down and turns on you. You are left living with an inflammatory auto-immune disease for the rest of your life.
Benefits for your mood
Removing gluten and grain is a great way to control your blood sugar. Your blood sugar controls your mood and your appetite. When your blood sugar is low you can feel angry or become easily aggravated. When your blood sugar is consistently elevated, you put a tremendous strain on your pancreas which excretes the hormone insulin and controls your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Essentially, hormones play a huge role when it comes to your mood and with omitting gluten this will help maintain blood sugar levels leaving you feeling happier and satiated.
Benefits for your brain
Gluten is the number one contributor for turning on inflammatory chemicals in your body known as cytokines which are detrimental to brain function. Cytokines causes inflammation in your brain which often results in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and maybe even autism.
In many studies, removing gluten can diminish the effects of depression, schizophrenia, learning disabilities and clear brain fog.
As you can see there are many benefits to a gluten free diet. Eating gluten free meals, hydrating your body, getting plenty of sleep and exercise are great ways to staying healthy. Anyone can start a gluten free lifestyle; it’s easy and surprisingly affordable.