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Friday, May 18, 2012

Gluten Free…another diet fad like Atkins?


I have had terrible IBS, migraines, and blood sugar issues for the past four years. I have been to doctor after doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me…a difficult situation for a person who has always made health and wellness number one in her life. Each doctor tried to prescribe a different medication to alter some of my symptoms. However, me being the stubborn person I am refused. I knew there was something more causing this problem. I have always had a healthy diet and active lifestyle so why was I having all these embarrassing issues? It wasn’t until doing some deep research that I started to see what could really be the issue. WHEAT.

Wheat the foundation of our tradition food pyramid:

Wheat has been a staple of the human diet since biblical times. It has literally been around for 10,000 years; so how could it be bad for you? Well our wheat today is not anything even close to what wheat used to be. Over time wheat has minimally altered on its own like most species, survival of the fittest in action. However, over the past fifty years with the help of geneticists and agribusiness wheat has completely changed its structure. It should pretty much have a different name.

What is this new wheat?

Our chemically and biochemically altered wheat has a very new protein structure. This new protein structure contains 90% more gluten! So what’s the big deal? Well gluten is a lectin.

Lectins?

Lectins are a sticky protein that are part of a plants immune system, providing a protective barrier around the grain. Savvy geneticists and agribusiness professionals found that increasing this protective barrier resulted in a more successful crop yield.

Lectins cause clumping in our blood cells. Your body cannot digest or destroy these buggers! The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that many food allergies are a direct response of the over accumulation of lectins in the body. Your genetic makeup determines how your body deals with these lectins.

Results of an overflow of lectins:

·         Digestive- cramping, gas, diarrhea, bloating, acid reflux, unstable blood sugar

·         Mental- energy swings, headaches, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, problems sleeping

·         Physical- constant fatigue, joint stiffness, inflammation, arthritis, weight gain

·         Respiratory- mucus build up, difficulty breathing

·         Unexplainable illnesses

Worth a diet change?

It was for me. If you are ready to embrace this lifestyle remember its ALL WHEAT … even the labels that safe healthy and whole grain. If you need help shoot me an email or give me a call. The changes can be difficult at first especially without any guidance. But the results are way way worth the lifestyle change! Perfect change for the upcoming summer! Who wouldn’t like to lose a few extra pounds before bathing suit season hits??

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