25 Oct The Good, the Bad and The Gluten
Why Is It Bad for You?
Gluten is a hot topic in countless health circles around the world. It seems like everyone is talking about why it’s good, why it’s bad, and what on Earth it even is.
We’ve spent countless hours researching gluten and the effects that it has on the human body, and we firmly believe that cutting out or minimizing gluten is the best way to follow a healthy, balanced diet. In this article, we’ll be explaining why we believe that cutting out gluten is a great option – and how you can do the same.
What Exactly Is Gluten?
Just knowing why gluten is bad for you isn’t enough – you need to understand what it is and how it affects your body. Gluten is a protein that’s commonly found in grains like wheat, barley, and more. This protein, while very common, has absolutely no essential nutrients. While this might make it seem like a harmless addition to your diet, gluten is actually quite dangerous for those who have an allergy to it.
Celiac disease is a severe gluten allergy that results in painful inflammation of the digestive tract, which can usually be treated or managed by following a gluten-free diet. Extensive testing can confirm if you have Celiac disease.
However, what if you experience all the symptoms, but your Celiac disease tests come back negative? You could suffer from non-gluten hypersensitivity instead. This means that your digestive system is sensitive to gluten, but not entirely allergic. To know for sure, it’s best to reach out to a medical professional or contact Thrive Functional Wellness Center. Instead of simply giving you a way to manage your symptoms, we’ll help you address the root cause of your condition, no matter what it might be.
Why Gluten Is Bad for You
You don’t need to have celiac disease for gluten to affect your body. Here are some of the common side effects of eating gluten:
✔ Digestive issues like bloating and indigestion
✔ Stomach pain and cramps
✔ Depression and anxiety
✔ Brain fog
✔ Pain and discomfort
✔ And more!
Gluten Isn’t Just Found in Bread
Gluten can be found in a variety of different products, including chewing gum. Here’s a short list of some of the ways that you could be consuming gluten without even knowing it:
✔ Chewing gum
✔ Using certain salad dressings
✔ Drinking flavored coffee
✔ French fries
✔ Soy sauce and other condiments
✔ Canned soup
✔ And more!
Now that you know why gluten is bad for you, let’s start working towards helping you develop a healthy, balanced, and delicious diet that won’t lead to stomach cramps and bloating.
Do you suffer from a gluten allergy or sensitivity? Let us know more about your experiences in the comments below. For more information on our testing or treatment programs, feel free to reach out to our team by visiting our website for more.