It’s been several years since I first heard about the gluten free diet. At first, I thought it was another odd diet craze for weight loss, but then I learned about how going gluten free was helping people with chronic health conditions feel healthier and decided to research further to learn more.
What I found was fascinating. Not only does a gluten free diet benefit individuals with celiac disease, a chronic condition where the body cannot process gluten and creates a toxic environment within the body, but it has also helped people with allergies and asthma in addition to chronic stomach issues feel better.
Gluten is the protein found in many grains such as wheat, barley, spelt and rye. Individuals with a gluten intolerance go on the gluten free diet because their bodies cannot process it properly. It irritates the intestinal lining, causing toxins that are intended to be released in excrement to seep into the blood stream causing inflammation. This inflammation can affect any part of the body, including the brain, causing neurological conditions such as depression and autism.
While there are tests that can be performed for celiac disease, doctors haven’t quite gotten a handle on the other types of gluten intolerance. As a result, many people who have gone on gluten free diets, like myself, have simply heard about the diet and given it a test run to see if they feel better. I was one of those people. With so many inflammation related chronic conditions and illnesses, and the feeling of always being sick and tired, I decided that a gluten free diet was worth a try.
Going on a gluten free diet wasn’t easy, though. Gluten is hidden everywhere. But once you get used to it and learn a few things along the way, it gets easier. Feeling healthier is definitely worth the added expense and effort of seeking out and buying gluten free breads, cakes, cookies, and snack bars. Gluten free foods are everywhere, and they’re getting tastier. It’s really nice to be gluten free and still have my cake and eat it too.