Gluten intolerance seems to be the latest fad and everyone from food manufacturers to restaurants have jumped on the band wagon making products available that are gluten free. So is gluten sensitivity a fad causing stubborn belly fat, bloating and feeling unwell?
Some people think so but there are many people who know they suffer from gluten intolerance through examining their symptoms and seeing their health improve after refraining from eating gluten.
This is a great thing because people are becoming more aware and asking questions about their health. They want to feel empowered and in control and that what they do can make a difference. Maybe gluten does have something to do with stubborn weight gain.
You can have either a mild form of gluten sensitivity or the more serious Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune system reaction to gluten and a lot more serious. A small amount of gluten can cause intestinal damage leading to malnutrition and other complications, so a very strict diet must be adhered to. Gluten intolerance is a milder form but can still cause a myriad of symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of Gluten intolerance and what is Gluten anyway?
Gluten is the name of a substance present in wheat, barley, spelt and cross contaminated oats. Gluten is used as an ingredient in many foods to bind and add texture.
You can find gluten in bread, pizza, cereals, and lasagna just to name a few. It’s a great idea to get into the habit of reading content labels so you know exactly where to find gluten.
Gluten can block the absorption of vital minerals and vitamins and can lead to weight gain and belly bloating as well as other symptoms such as:
• All things to do with the digestive system such as: bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation.
• Fatigue, brain fog, and memory loss.
• Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroid, Arthritis, or Multiple sclerosis.
• Dizziness or losing balance.
• Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
• Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
• Mood issues such as anxiety, mood swings and depression.
• Skin rashes, acne and Eczema.
• Cravings for food containing wheat.
• Headaches or migraine headaches.
• Weight gain especially belly fat.
The surprising statistics of people not knowing if they either have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance is as high as 90%. People adjust to the symptoms thinking that it’s just the way they are and never suspect that it might be gluten intolerance.
They tolerate all the discomfort and pain because they do not realize that the answer can be as simple as diet and what they are eating. Or maybe they have cleaned up their diet considerably not realizing that the number one offender is the healthy sandwich they had for lunch!
Belly Bloated? Drop the Gluten and get a Flat Stomach
The cravings gluten can produce have been researched to mimic the same chemical released into the brain called anopoid.
The identical reaction is created when using cocaine and opium. So now you know why the pizza looks so yummy! You can become addicted to foods containing gluten; hence the cravings and the difficulty in maintaining weight loss.
The easiest experiment you can perform is an elimination diet, by cutting out gluten for a period of 2-3 weeks and seeing if there is an improvement. Then re-introduce a food containing gluten such as bread or a slice of pizza and be alert to any discernible difference in your symptoms.
You can gain a lot of information from an elimination diet and you may improve just by cutting out gluten, its worth a try when you have nothing to lose except health problems and those extra stubborn pounds!
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