3 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Gluten-Free Diet
Gluten free diets are all the rage now.
Walk down any grain-filled aisle of your local grocery store and you’re sure to find gluten free alternatives lining the shelves.
And there’s a good chance that at least one person in your social circle (probably more) is following a gluten free diet… and loving every minute of it.
Why are so many people following a Gluten Free Diet?
What’s so special about doing without gluten? What can it do for you? How can it improve your physical and mental health and lead to a more wholesome lifestyle?
In this article, you’ll find the answer to the above questions along with three major reasons why you should consider adopting a gluten free diet in your own life.
What is Gluten?
Before we get into the reasons why you should consider adopting a gluten free diet, let’s first clear the air on what gluten actually means.
Gluten is a protein found in processed grains. It’s most often used as a filler or thickener agent in a variety of food-related products.
The three food types it is most prevalent in are wheat, rye, and barley. And the specific type of gluten found in these three foods causes the majority of issues associated with gluten-filled foods.
What are those issues, you ask?
The list of issues related to foods containing gluten seems to grow every year, which makes it difficult to keep up with them all.
But as of right now, here are the major symptoms:
• Skin rashes
• Stomach issues
• Acid reflux
• Skin rashes
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
More findings are being documented every year from studies conducted on gluten’s negative effects on our bodies.
With that in mind, it’s never too late or too early to hop on the gluten free bandwagon.
Below are three reasons why you should make the transition to a gluten free diet sooner rather than later…
Reason #1: Gluten can cause serious health issues.
As you’ve already read, gluten can cause a wide assortment of complications – from mild to severe in nature.
And unfortunately, many people don’t even realize that their gluten filled diet is the leading cause for these particular symptoms.
If you’re not sure if you’re gluten intolerant, then I advise you to adopt a gluten free diet for the next month (not as difficult as it sounds) and see if you notice any changes in your body and overall health.
Reason #2: A gluten free diet can help you lose weight.
One of the most calorie dense food groups in the world is grain – regardless of if it’s processed, enriched, or whole.
As a practitioner of a gluten free diet, you’re no longer consuming breads, pastas, and rice. Therefore, you’re no longer taking in as many calories as you normally would.
A natural by-product of this decrease in calories is weight loss – healthy weight loss. However, you want to make sure the calorie deficit is not too much. To keep it in check (and replace the void left by the absence of grains) you’ll want to up your intake of low-glycemic foods like green vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
Reason #3: Refined grain products have little nutritional value.
If you still have gluten filled products in your home or apartment, take a look at the product packaging.
Nine out of every ten packages will probably have the word enriched found on them somewhere. Enriched is a fancy term food companies use to state that their grain-based products are so processed that they basically lost all of their nutrients.
As a result, the companies had to go in an “enrich” the products with viable nutrients. The only problem is that the nutrients placed back into the end product represent a fraction of the quality of the original nutrients found in the unprocessed product.
As an adopter of a gluten free diet, you will naturally avoid these nutrient-sparse foods and replace them with more nutrient-dense alternatives – like blueberries, cucumbers, and broccoli.
A Word of Caution Before You Go…
So you’ve decided to adopt a gluten free diet. That’s great!
But be careful…
You’ll now notice a slew of gluten free products during your next trip to your local grocery store.
But just because a product is gluten free, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy for you.
The truth is that people have followed a gluten free diet and have gained weight. It happens more often than you think.
Just because you’re now eating gluten free pizza and bread and cookies, that doesn’t mean you’re eating healthier. Those products are still highly processed and lack the nutritional components your body needs to stay in tip-top shape.
That being said, I’ll leave you with this golden nugget…
If you decide to embrace a gluten free diet, focus your attention on eating more natural, organic foods (like fresh vegetables, grass-fed meat, etc.) instead of fake substitutes.
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