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Someone asked me the other day if it is possible to allergic to gluten. It got me thinking how much misinformation there is out there about it. I hope this article helps clear up any confusion.
So, let's start with what it is. Gluten is the common name for combination of two proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains.
In the past twenty or so years, Gluten has been scientifically linked to Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Gluten intolerance, autoimmune diseases and other stomache issues. So, gluten allergy and intolerance is not a myth. It is very much real.
Another myth that I often hear is that people say, 'My ancestors ate gluten and they were fine. Why only now do people have sudden intolerances and diseases?' There are different reasons for this; however a simple answer to this is that the gluten process was more natural than it is now. We are at all time high of 'fake foods'. I call them fake foods because they contain many preservatives and unnatural substances to increase shelf life of food. We all know that the fresher something is, the better it is for us. In a nutshell, adding a ton of chemicals can create problems digesting foods. Which, could also be a cause for intolerances. Furthermore, we are living longer than we did since the mass production and consumption of gluten. So, previous and adequate recordings of how it
I get asked often what is Celiac Disease. I am not a doctor but as a health coach, this is my understanding. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that has been scientifically proven to be linked to the consumption of gluten. People have different symptoms but, just like with other diseases, if a person with Celiac disease does not follow a gluten-free diet, they could die. Celiac is different to an intolerance.
Most doctors recommend that Celiacs are never exposed to gluten; however, they recommend a little exposure to gluten for those who have a gluten intolerance so that the body will not react extremely to exposure after a long time. So, yes! Gluten-free is a real thing.
The other question that I get asked from my clients is, 'How do I stop eating gluten?'
Honestly, I don't believe that everyone needs to stop eating it. However, unless you have Celiac Disease, I recommend eating gluten in small amounts.
You can do this by eating rice, quinoa and amaranth. Which are other healthy grains. However, some rices contain gluten. Also, trying veggie noodles is a great option.
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