Has this happened to you?
Do you have foggy brain, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, upset stomach and overall feeling like crap after eating certain foods? Did you know that gluten can cause these symptoms?
Most people have began to find that they are either intolerant or allergic to gluten. The symptoms I mentioned are just a few that people have talked about as being the most bothersome. If you have any type of thyroid or autoimmune disorder you should try to avoid or cut out gluten completely.
Always do your homework.
When I first started doing my research on how bad gluten is for a person with ANY autoimmune disorder it started to cause me some concern. I thought back to how much I consumed on a daily bases and how much damage I was doing to my body. I went through the proper channels with my doctor and was tested for a gluten allergy. It turned out I didn't have a gluten allergy, which really didn't matter to me, I knew that the gluten in today's grain wasn't the same as it was 20 years ago. Today's grains are grown with heavy pesticides and fertalizers that make it very hard on the immune sytem. When you have an autoimmune disorder the damage a little grain/gluten can be very bad!
You should always get a test from your doctor to have conclusive proof if you have a gluten allergy. The test you would ask for is(tTG-IgA) Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies test, this is the test that will only confirm allergy not sensitivity.
How you do it!
Lets get down to how you can kick gluten! There really is no magic pill, don't I wish! When you start to eliminate gluten products from your kitchen you will start to feel better. There are many great books and articles out there on Wheat and how bad it truly is for your body, one of the books I love is Wheat Belly. If you haven't read it make sure you pick up a copy. Back to cutting it! When you start you want to first do it by elimination, although I recommend cold turkey because you really need to get gluten out of your system if you are allergic. Sometimes people actually experience a withdrawl feeling from cutting gluten. I believe it comes more from the sugar that is in the processed foods that are cut out, nonetheless it does happen. Usually people will experience headaches, irritability, food cravings, fatigue, which can be symptoms of withdrawl.
Clear out the kitchen
- Clear out all cookies, cakes & crackers from your pantry. (processed foods)
- All salad dressings and condiments in your refrigerator must go!
- No more candy bars, ice cream, or treats.
- Get ready to read food labels when you shop.
- Fresh is Best!
It's really a process
It comes down to doing one thing at a time, the items I gave you should be done over a period of time. As I stated some can go cold turkey and others must go in steps. If you have a celiac disease then you should cut out gluten as quickly as possible, when you have an allergy to gluten it continues to do damage to your body and immune system.
If you have any questions about what you can or cannot eat being gluten free here is a rule to use.
IF it's boxed, canned or bagged then don't eat it! This will save you a lot of questions in the market, when trying to figure out what to eat based on the label.
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