Is Gluten-Free Really Necessary?
by Rochelle Griffin
In the past, “fat-free” and “sugar-free” were big buzzwords as people strived in their quest to lose weight and feel better. Unfortunately neither was healthy because of the added junk needed to make up for the lack of fat or sugar. Nowadays, the new buzzword is “gluten-free.” Now THIS is something that I can agree with.
Why you may ask? Well, many MANY people are dealing with a gluten-sensitivity and have zero clue.
What is Gluten? Gluten is the protein component of many grains, including wheat, oats, rye, & barley. When someone has sensitivity to it, it causes an inflammatory response (immune system) in the body. Here’s the crazy thing…a person may not even notice this response right away (for hours, days, weeks, even months or years)…but the body certainly does. I was one of those people!
This inflammation can cause a breakdown of the mucosal barrier in the gut, eventually making way for possible parasite infections, leaky gut, malabsorption, and other GI and/or immune issues.
Because of this, I’m a proponent that people should stay away from gluten. In fact, when a client starts to work with me…even before we do any lab testing…I ask that he or she refrain not only from gluten but from dairy, sugar, and alcohol as well.
How does gluten-sensitivity present itself? Well it’s different for everyone. Some people have the obvious kinds of GI symptoms: gas, diarrhea, bloating, etc. Others, including myself, have less obvious symptoms: brain fog, fatigue, skin rashes, anxiety, hyperactivity, and migraines to name a few.
What foods contain gluten? Here is a general list. Remember that you can always Google it as well.
- Wheat bran
- Wheat germ
- Whole wheat flour
- White flour
In the grocery store, some of the most common foods containing gluten include:
So what CAN you eat? Here are a few examples that are absolutely yummy and easy to work with:
BTW, eating gluten-free is not a “get out of jail free” card. Many companies have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon. You MUST read nutritional labels. These foods still have calories, fat, and unfortunately many still contain chemicals, preservatives, and sugar. Just because something says “gluten-free” doesn’t mean that it’s healthy.
In short, there are probably millions and millions of people who suffer from gluten-sensitivity and have absolutely no clue! When in doubt, simply make the life-style change. It definitely won’t hurt you.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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