Why Is Gluten Sensitivity So Common These Days?

This is a question I am often asked. Everywhere you turn someone is either talking about going gluten-free or telling you about the new gluten-free product they found. So let’s delve into some of the reasons gluten intolerance seems to be on the rise.

  1. Gluten is found in many foods these day – including those you wouldn’t suspect like BBQ sauce and other condiments. The amount of processed foods and restaurant meals we consume is on the rise. Our grandparents  & great grandparents ‘diet didn’t include daily trips to the drive-thru.
  2. People are also becoming more aware of their symptoms. They are realizing that it isn’t normal to feel bad every day and that maybe the gluten they have been consuming is actually contributing to the negative way they feel.
  3. Wheat is not the same product that our great-grandparents used to eat. It has been genetically modified to produce larger crops that are resistant to pesticides, herbicides and the environment. The issue with this is that genetically modified foods are not the same whole foods are bodies are used to. They have the potential to be highly toxic to our bodies causing an immune reaction leading to sensitivities and allergies. More independent research needs to be done in this area.
  4. Due to the way that wheat has changed over the past century, the gluten content is much higher than before.

Why Should You Remove Gluten From Your Diet?

Many people don’t realize the effect that gluten is having on their body until they remove it from their diet. I always recommend removing an offending food for 3-4 weeks to allow your body to cleanse and start feeling the benefits, some of which are:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced gas/bloating/puffiness
  • Reduced cravings
  • Stabilized blood sugar
  • Makes body more alkaline
  • Weight management

Should You Stop Eating Gluten?

This is a very personal question, if you are healthy and are not suffering from any of the symptoms I listed in Part I of the blog last week then maybe not. If you are suffering from one or many of the symptoms then it could be worth doing a trial elimination diet to see if these symptoms improve. I am only talking about a few weeks and it could be a game changer.

How To Be Healthy & Gluten-Free

If you do want to eliminate gluten then removing it is the first step, replacing it with fresh, healthy, nutrient dense whole foods is the next very important step towards a healthy life. There are a lot of gluten-free foods that are highly processed and contain ingredients that have negative impacts on your health.

When you remove gluten from your diet you may experience some symptoms (also known as withdrawal symptoms) such as irritability, agitation, headaches, fuzzy head, bloating, gas, nausea and fatigue, these are signs that the toxins are leaving your body and shouldn’t last long. To reduce the symptoms, try a sauna or hot bath, take some vitamin C and drink lots of water.

If you would like to speak to me some more about removing gluten from your diet or are interested in finding out more information please hit reply or email me at amy.e.sonnenberg@gmail.com

You would be surprised at the number of products that contain gluten, condiments included so why not try and make your own. Click here for my own gluten free steak marinade recipe.