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Is it Time to Go Gluten Free?

Is it Time to Go Gluten Free?

The big question I get all the time from my patients is: “Do I really have to go gluten free?”. As with all things in health and wellness, there isn’t a simple, one-size-fits-all answer. The answer is both yes and no.

Deciding to become gluten free is a genuinely healthy dietary shift for the majority of people. It can lower cholesterol levels, improve digestion, and increase your energy levels. Removing gluten from your diet helps repair your small intestine, helping you to better absorb nutrients.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is mainly found in wheat. It is a type of protein that is inflammatory in the body and hinders and slows down the absorption of the nutrients from the food we eat. A large percentage of people who suffer from autoimmune disorders are allergic or intolerant to gluten. In addition to wheat products, you’ll find gluten in foods like oats, barley, rye, pizza, pasta, white bread and more. Gluten is also hidden in many of the processed foods and sauces on the market. So in order to avoid gluten, you actually have to avoid much more than just wheat and flour products.

Gluten free diets are generally prescribed for patients suffering from celiac disease. Celiac patients are severely intolerant to gluten when it comes in contact with the small intestine. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with Celiac to benefit from going gluten free. For instance, diabetic patients who follow a gluten free diet have seen their blood sugar levels decrease significantly and feel they have more energy to exercise and go about normal day-to-day activities. In addition, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have also seen the benefits of following a gluten free diet.

How can I avoid gluten?

In order to avoid gluten, you’ll want to eliminate the following things from your diet:

  • Wheat (including wheat starch, wheat germ and wheat bran)
  • Durum Wheat
  • Cracked Wheat
  • Semolina
  • Couscous
  • Faro
  • Spelt
  • Barley
  • Bulgar
  • Rye
  • Seitan
  • Oats (unless they’re gluten-free)

You’ll find these flours in all types of noodles, cookies, pastries, muffins and also in more unsuspecting products like malt vinegar, chicken broth, salad dressings, soy sauce, veggie burgers and even in seasonings and condiments.

Going gluten free is a very healthy dietary option for your body and it’s easier than ever to find products that fit this lifestyle change. Gluten free products are made with “wheat substitutes” like tapioca or almond flour which are easily digestible for most people. But, as an advocate of eating a whole food diet rich in nutrients, I want to caution you to use gluten substitutes sparingly. The real way to maintain a life filled with health and vitality is to eat mostly fruits and veggies with a small amount of non-gluten grains and pasture raised organic meat if you choose.

While going gluten free isn’t always easy, the first step is to change your mindset. Take the time to consciously prepare yourself. Tell yourself that you are making this change for the health of your body. Let your body know that you are prioritizing its well being and are going to be making some changes in support of your life. And as always, before you make any large dietary changes, it’s always important to consult a naturopathic physician who can help guide you in making more informed decisions about your health.

xo,

 

 

Why Eat Organic?

Why Eat Organic?

In the rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy the growing demand for food, producers have resorted to using a cocktail of pesticides to control disease and insect attack. Good news for their bank accounts perhaps, but not good news for your health. This is why eating organic is so beneficial – and arguably now, super essential.

Did you know that if you consumed an average apple you would be eating over 30 pesticides, even after you have washed it? Let that sink in.

The Benefits of Organic

Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, minerals, and vitamins than produce that has been intensively farmed. Sadly, a vast majority of conventional produce in your grocery store is being sprayed with pesticides or is grown on land that is contaminated with an array of chemicals. Studies have shown that these byproducts you’re ingesting have detrimental effects on your health and well-being. Eating a piece of fruit isn’t supposed to be bad for you!

But it’s not just produce that is affected. There is a cocktail of antibiotics and hormones that conventionally raised cattle and poultry are force fed. The question becomes: what happens to all of those chemicals when the animal dies? Do they just go away? Not so much. They become a part of us the minute we choose to eat contaminated meat. It isn’t a coincidence that we are seeing more and more free range or organically fed meat turning up in our supermarkets. It just doesn’t make sense that animals raised around chemicals, or who are fed antibiotics or are kept in cramped, unhealthy conditions – are themselves healthy and a phigh-quality food. If you are as worried as I am about the health of your family then you need to seriously consider converting your family to the organic lifestyle.

It seems like every day we hear stories in the news or online about a certain food being linked to diseases due to their toxicity. The chemicals used in food production have been linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Immune System dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obesity
  • Joint pain
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Birth defects

The list could go on. Not good, right? It’s impossible for us to eat foods laced

It’s impossible for us to eat foods laced in chemicals and pesticides, and for our bodies to NOT have a reaction. We are a delicate ecosystem. Our bodies are good at achieving balance, but we have to provide it with the proper nutrients. Disease and inflammation in the body are inevitable if we consistently feeding it foreign chemicals.

To get started on your journey towards eating a more clean, organic diet, check out The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Food. It’s a great resource to have handy as you make your way through the supermarket.

xo,

 

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