For people struggling with gluten intolerance, inflammatory diseases or autoimmune disorders, a gluten free diet has proven to be beneficial. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barely. So when the gluten in these grains is not recognized by the immune system, it attacks the intestines causing symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, headache and fatigue.
The rise of celiac disease and the growing tendency in celebrities choosing gluten free diets has made this new trend create awareness in many people. Furthermore, this popular trend has actually led to many studies that have shown that choosing to be gluten-free, when done correctly (very important), can actually have many positive effects on our bodies.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Weight loss
- Improvement in digestion
- Less bloating, cramps or stomach aches
- Increased in energy
- Less joint pain
- Better sleep
- Improvement of skin problems
Renowned American cardiologist Dr. William Davies in his book Wheat Belly highlights that the consumption of “genetically altered” modern wheat is one of the causes of rising obesity rates and diseases as celiac, diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.
Throughout time, wheat breeding has created changes in the structure of gluten. This is why Dr Davies affirms that even without a dietary need; a wheat free diet is a healthier choice.
And if you are still not convinced, take a look at this video
Wheat Belly Live – My interview with Dr. William Davis MD – YouTube
Ana C. Quiroga
200hr March-April 2014