At its simplest, gluten is a protein primarily found in wheat, barley and rye. Many people experience serious side effects after eating it. (If you suffer from more than 1 of the 7 symptoms to the left, than chances are good that you have an underlying gluten sensitivity).
However, let's not put the cart before the horse. Before we condemn gluten and allow it to become the next saturated fat, which by the way is good for you, even though some media "experts" are still promoting low saturated fat, based on bad science from 50 years ago, here are some things you need to know.
Gluten is not bad. What many people don’t realize is that gluten is a natural component of most whole grains, and we’ve been consuming it since we first started cultivating grains. Gluten is a protein composite that gives pasta, bread, and other wheat products their chewy, flexible texture. It’s also critical in making dough rise in the oven, resulting in leavened bread. If it wasn't for gluten, there would be no civilization because gluten is historically responsible for the development of agriculture, when we stopped chasing food and started growing it.
That being the case, why do one in seven people have some form of gluten intolerance or sensitivity?
Simply put, it's because the grains (wheat) of today is nothing like it was thousands of years ago. Due to cross-breeding over many years, modern wheat’s composition went through a transformation: now, it is about two feet tall with large seeds, whereas before it was much taller. Gluten structure in modern wheat has also changed somewhat, though in essence it’s still gluten; and modern wheat also contains higher levels of the starch Amylopectin A.
So if you are someone who suffers from:
- Low Energy
- Hormonal Fluctuations
- Chronic Tension
- Chronic Pain
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Digestion Problems
- Auto Immune Diseases
Here are some things you can do:
- limiting processed foods including grain products containing gluten,
- eating more raw organic vegetables,
- drinking more purified water,
- getting more exercise,
- getting more sleep,
- taking fewer medications for every ache and pain
- and getting appropriate chiropractic adjustments