Lets start with defining what gluten is because commonly about fifteen minutes into discussing gluten with clients, they ask, “what is gluten anyway?”
Gluten, defined by the Celiac Disease Foundation, is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, faro, graham, KAMUT ® khorasan wheat and einkorn) rye, barley and triticale- a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.
Most people who include foods that contain gluten usually think they have no problem with it. Believing that only people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food, need to remove it from their diet.
While anyone that is diagnosed with Celiac Disease needs to eliminate gluten completely from their diet, there are many benefits from removing gluten from your diet even if you’re not Celiac. When clients remove gluten from their diet the side effects include; better digestion, happier moods, less bloat, reduced or eliminated joint pain, clearer thinking (bye-bye brain fog), fat loss, and so much more!
As your Bride Fit coach my job is to lead, inspire and support you to your health, wellness and fitness goals. I stand on the shoulders of giants; doctors, fitness trainers and health care professionals. I don’t “know” it all by any stretch of the imagination. I always provide you information based on science and personal experience.
I personally eliminated gluten from my diet as an “experiment” a few years ago. My side effects were:
- MORE energy, especially in the afternoon.
- NO more sinus infections.
- ECZEMA disappeared.
- NO more bloated belly.
Keeping it super simple, gluten is very hard to break down and causes damage to your gut (AKA Leaky Gut). Your digestion in to key to health and when it’s not functioning optimally it affects your absorption of nutrients necessary in brain function and production of serotonin (the “good mood” chemical).
In my opinion removing gluten from your diet is definitely worth an experiment! It’s not that easy if you are addicted to carbs/sugar, doing my favorite “reset jumpstart” is a great starting point since two meals per day are an easy gluten free delicious shake which makes life simpler only needing to plan for one meal.
As I mentioned above there are negative side effects when we are not absorbing vitamins and minerals from our food and vitamins. Eliminating gluten will help heal a damaged gut but a daily dose (4 ounces) of pure aloe vera juice or a product like GI Revive by Designs for Health ® (1 tablespoon) and a high quality probiotic would be very beneficial additions.
NOTE: Don’t fall into the “gluten free” product trap! It’s great to have options for occasional treats but filling up on gluten- free breads and cookies will add lots of calories from processed carbs that won’t support you Bride Fit Body goals!
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