10 Good Reasons To Give Up Gluten

10 Good Reasons To Give Up Gluten
110 Good Reasons To Give Up Gluten

10 Good Reasons To Give Up Gluten

1. Before 10,000 years ago our main food source was wild animal meat, not grains. Since the birth of agriculture there has been a steady increase in the amount of grains consumed daily. Ten thousand years is a very short time when you compare it to the 2.6 million of years of human evolution. Over the past 130 years in the western world where chronic disease is very widespread people have consumed a greater percentage of their calories from processed grains and gluten. Many scientists believe our digestive systems have not adapted to digesting grains. Our hunter gather ancestors were taller, free of cavities, and had low infant mortality rates which indicates a nutritious diet. They also did not have the degenerative conditions we have today such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. 

2. All grains contain a phytic acid which inhibits the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. Soaking grains overnight can eliminate some of these issues but most people are not eating bread and pastas that have not been properly prepared. Phytates can also interfere and neutralize our digestive enzymes in the stomach increasing disorders such as heartburn.

3. Whole grains are stripped of nutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, chromium, manganese and iron during processing of bread, pasta and flour.

4. Grains contain a proven cancer causing substance called Aflotoxin which is formed by molds that grow when in storage.

5. In numerous studies gluten the protein found in wheat, spelt, barley, and rye that is linked to numerous auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The molecular structure of gluten so closely resembles the molecular structure of the thyroid gland that the immune system mistakes the thyroid as a foreign invader and the body begins attacking itself. Every time someone eats even one bite of gluten it flares up the immune system and increases the destruction of our own tissues which can cause digestive symptoms, joint pain, skin issues, breathing issues and memory problems.

6.  Approximately 1 out of 100 people have Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition where the body attacks it’s own small intestine. A majority of people with Celiac are unaware because they have no gastrointestinal symptoms. It is estimated that 20 percent of Americans have autoimmune diseases and not eating gluten can help to calm the immune system in these people.

7. Experts believe that 81 percent of people have some form of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance is very common for people of Northern European origin.

8. Eating gluten over time weakens the digestive system which can start a process called Leaky Gut syndrome where tiny cracks develop in the protective intestinal lining letting undigested food particles into the blood stream. These gluten antigens flare up a protective reaction by the immune system that can lead to allergic, cognitive, physical or emotional food sensitivity reactions. 

9. Gluten grains contains compounds called exorphins which are addictive and leave many people in denial about negative impact these grains have on health and digestion. 

10. Eating gluten causes inflammation which shuts down blood flow to the frontal cortex. This part of the brain that help us focus, plan, organize, manage emotions, and use our short term memory. This decreased blood supply to the brain is powerfully linked with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. 

 Action Steps: I recommend an elimination diet to take out all grains and gluten for 2-3 weeks and see if your energy, mood and digestion improves. Currently most gluten tests are unreliable and expensive. The normal tests at your doctors office may not tell you about gluten intolerance until there is extreme gut damage. Ditch the gluten for just a few weeks and you will be sold on the benefits. Here is a great guide to getting started on a gluten free lifestyle:

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Sources: Primal Body Primal MindWhy Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms but My Lab Tests Are NormalHow to Eat Move and Be HealthyPaleo Soultion

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lCaitlin Weeks BA, NC, CPT is a full time blogger and author. She has many years of experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant, C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and professional personal trainer in San Francisco, CA. Caitlin has had success conquering obesity after a lifelong struggle with her weight. Since 2009 she has been winning the battle against Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis using a Paleo diet. She truly believes in the mind- body connection for healing and is certified EFT practitioner. She is committed to educating others about the benefits of traditional/ancestral foods and efficient exercise.

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  1. butcher winnipeg says

    It's amazing how when you tell people not to eat grains. They look at you with complete shock and ask you what else can they eat? Grains have been so pushed from the food guide that people can't fathom a life without it. The truth is eating a diet void of grains is one of the first steps towards optimal health.

  2. penny says

    Thanks Caitlin. I passed this on to my followers. Looks like we have a lot in common. Keep fighting the good fight!