We’ve touched on the importance of maintaining a good environment in your stomach/gut in a prior post. I’ll give you a recap on that and also discuss how gluten plays a negative part in this role as you try to maintain proper balance and get your health back to where it needs to be.
Why is Gut Health Important?
You can take a look at the prior article called Leaky Gut, What The… by clicking here or it should be listed down below. Basically if your intestinal walls aren’t properly taken care of by foods that you eat, this causes the walls of the intestines to thin and cracks/holes to form. When your intestinal walls are thin this allows toxins and substances to escape the intestines and seep into the blood stream which triggers inflammation.
Most chronic diseases start with inflammation and if inflammation is caused by leaking substances from your intestines then your gut is, in my opinion, the key that drives the engine (or your body). Attacking the source of imbalance is of the utmost importance.
Inflammation is like your immune system responding in stress. Inflammation is helpful for when we get an injury because that is how the body starts to repair itself. But chronic inflammation leads to chronic illnesses ranging from Diabetes to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
In a study done by Harvard School of Public Health, the researchers noted that inflammation caused by obesity is tied to metabolism and can contribute to Diabetes.
Gluten + Gut
Gluten refers to proteins that are found in wheat, rye, and barley. Those items are used to make pasta, bread, oats, beer, and cereal. The proteins hold the food together and keep it from falling apart. People who have Celiac disease have an allergy to gluten and have to avoid items that contain gluten in the ingredients as it irritates their stomach more than others and kick off a viariaty of stomach issues.
Celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disease because when a person eats gluten, the immune system attacks the gluten as well as the intestines. That is where the extreme stomach pain comes from as well as irregular bowel movements among other things.
There are people that experience symptoms from gluten without having Celiac disease as a formal diagnosis. Symptoms that can occur is brain fog, tingling in your arms and legs (neuropathy), and stomach cramping and discomfort.
There have even been research studies that have shown a link between gluten intake and your brain. Researchers reported some patients had experienced depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and other neurological (brain) disorders.
There are a lot of products that are sitting on the grocery shelves that advertise gluten free to attract those who are trying to avoid gluten intake. That is all fine and good, but most of those products didn’t contain gluten to begin with, it’s just a slimy marketing technique.
We will talk more on Friday about Gluten-Free foods and what that means with more detail.
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