What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Benefits-of-a-gluten-free-dietA Gluten-Free Diet is a diet that is avoiding gliadin, the protein offender in gluten. Gluten is found in all forms of wheat, common cereal grains and also in rye, oats and barley. Wheat also includes semolina, durum, spelt, triticale, and kamut. Being on a gluten-free diet is not just the avoidance of bread and pasta. Gluten is found hidden in items such as cold cuts, prepared broths and soups, most processed foods, and even in pharmaceuticals and body products. Some items on labels that are questionable include “natural flavorings, flavor extracts, or spice extracts”, and need to be avoided because gluten may be used in processing them.

Simply replacing foods you eat with gluten-free foods that come in a box, bag or a package may not be the best choice for optimal health. The best diet includes fresh, real food and not only that, but if you make your own food you can be sure to avoid gluten in the ingredients you choose. Grass-fed meats, organic eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables and good fats such as coconut oil and butter are not only gluten-free, but also good for your health!

Many people with digestive issues, allergies, fatigue, ADD, autism, neurological disorders, and more are turning toward a gluten-free diet with successful relief. Many times one may not even know they are reacting to gluten because there may be no discomfort, bloating, gas or constipation. If you are suffering from health issues, you don’t have to get a blood test to find out if gluten is bothering you. It is suggested to do a gluten-free trial for at least 6 weeks and see how you feel. Gluten can stay in the body for approximately 6-8 weeks and is cumulative. Even if you only have a bite or two here and there, it all adds up! It is very important for you to take ownership of your diet – phone calls, reading, attending classes will all assist you in learning about a whole new lifestyle. Basically eating gluten-free is about eating real food!

Please note: It is important to consult with a knowledgeable practitioner to assist you with healing your gut. Healing the gut it the most important thing you need to focus on as you eat gluten-free because this is often the reason you are so sensitive to gluten in the first place. Having a healthy gut and digestive system will help you absorb the nutrients in your food properly.

By: Sheryl Shenefelt, Courtesy of A Place To Be.

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