Going gluten-free seems to be all the rage these days, but what’s the big deal? Is it just some new age health fad that will lose its trendiness eventually? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s without merit. More and more people have discovered that by eliminating or reducing the gluten in their diet, they have experienced many health benefits and the alleviation of many of their medical concerns. If going gluten-free can make you healthier, why not give it a shot? Here’s a look at some of the benefits of a gluten-free diet.
Gluten Intolerance and Gluten Allergy
Food allergies are actually a lot rarer than people think, but it is possible to be allergic to gluten and have severe symptoms because of it. Symptoms include depression, exhaustion, digestive issues, gastro-intestinal problems, aching joints, irritability, and much more. The symptoms are often the same for gluten intolerances, but they might not be as severe. By eliminating gluten from their diets, people with gluten allergies may find that their health problems are solved. People with gluten intolerances will also see improvement in their health by reducing the amount of gluten in their diets or eliminating it altogether.
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, oat, and barely. It is found in most processed foods that we eat. Eliminating gluten means eliminating most processed foods, and this has many health benefits in itself. Processed foods contain lots of different chemicals and artificial ingredients, none of which our bodies were actually designed to consume. People who stop eating processed foods usually feel an increase in energy, experience weight loss, and they’re healthier in general.
Studies have shown that there can be many health benefits to a gluten-free diet. Even significantly reducing the amount of gluten in your diet can produce similar results. For example, people who consume less gluten are at a lower risk for diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and have improved immune systems. Going gluten-free can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, give you more energy, improve your mood, and help you lose weight. You would also find that you have better, more regular digestion.
When you stop eating gluten and processed foods, you’ll (hopefully) replace the hole in your diet with more fruits and vegetables. Increasing the amount of produce you eat will always benefit your health. You may find that going gluten-free leads you to have a healthier diet in general as you make changes to accommodate the elimination of gluten.
Quality of Life
If you do suffer from gluten intolerance or allergy, going gluten-free will give you a better life. You’ll be able to do more of the things you love because you won’t be suffering from awful symptoms. You’ll feel happier and healthier in general, and that can never be a bad thing. It can’t hurt to experiment with eliminating gluten from your diet. Try it for just a few weeks and see if you notice a difference in the quality of your life.
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