All this talk about gluten and how bad it is, not to mention how everyone seems to be gluten free now and has an intolerance to it....But what exactly is it you ask?
Gluten is one of the molecules that make up the protein found in wheat. Gluten helps food maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds everything together. Gluten can be found in many other foods, even ones you would never expect from salad dressings, beauty products to even medications. It is used as a stabilizing agent in many processed foods as well.
So how does gluten affect the body?
Gluten - the Latin word for glue can affect the body in MANY different ways.
As the protein makes its way through your digestive system, your immune system into your gut, where foods gets broken down and absorbed into the body. But what happens in most cases, is we can't break this molecule down which causes havoc in the gut & body.
You may get some symptoms like bloating, digestive problems, constipation & many others which then lead into bigger issues in the body such as leaky gut & celiac disease.
Gluten can not only affect the gut, but many studies are now shown how gluten can affect the brain, by giving us symptoms such as depression, brain fog, fatigue, headaches it can even show up as skin reactions. So in one way or another gluten IS affecting you and I suggest cutting it out for two weeks and see how you feel. Now that's the real test!
If you want to more about this topic, please look up Dr Tom O'Brien he is the gluten guru.
There is a link for a Youtube clip.
Common symptoms of gluten sensitivity:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Foggy Mind
- Balance Problems
- Joint Pain
- Menstrual Irregularities