Are gluten free and wheat free diets just another trend? Actually, there are several good reasons to go wheat free or consider an elimination diet. If you suffer from joint pain, digestive troubles, autoimmune disease, prostatitis, or diabetes, a wheat-free or gluten-free diet might help you relieve symptoms and regain your health.
What is gluten? Many people on a gluten-free diet don’t really understand it. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is estimated that 15% of the people in the US are gluten intolerant. But even if you are not one of them, there are still reasons to eliminate wheat from your diet.
Wheat is one of the most common food allergies in the U.S. Even people without an allergy often experience an increase of inflammation in their body after eating wheat. This can lead to illness and damage such as pain, pelvic tension, gastrointestinal issues, and joint problems. The following 5 reasons to go wheat free might have you thinking about how your diet affects your health.
If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, scleroderma, psoriasis, type-1 diabetes, or multiple sclerosis, it could be associated with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. It is caused by an immune reaction to gluten. It runs in families and people with other immune diseases. The only treatment for celiac disease to completely eliminate gluten from the diet.
If you suffer from inflammation, pain, or swelling of your joints, it could be due to wheat or gluten. Many people who have celiac disease have bone and joint pain and may be more prone to osteoporosis. Eliminating wheat for some time may reduce the inflammation and pain.
If you often have gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea it could be due to wheat or gluten. Try an elimination diet, cutting out all sources of wheat for a few weeks. If your symptoms clear up, it may be the wheat or gluten in your diet. If the symptoms return when you reintroduce the foods, you should go to your doctor for further testing.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is an inflammatory condition that is difficult to treat. It can be caused by problems in the body outside of the prostate, including diet. Whole-body approaches to treating prostatitis often include food elimination diets and trying a wheat-free diet. Many men notice their prostatitis symptoms and pain decreasing after removing wheat from their diet. If you do not have prostatitis, a wheat-free diet may help you prevent this painful and frustrating condition.
Wheat has a high glycemic index and is disruptive to blood sugar. As a result the pancreas has to pump out insulin. Over time this can lead to insulin resistance and pancreatic exhaustion. Blood sugar can rise and lead to type 2 diabetes. If you are at risk for type-2 diabetes, it would be smart to avoid grains like wheat. A study involving 14 people with type-2 diabetes had the participant follow a diet that eliminated grains, dairy, and salt for 12 weeks. The patients experienced a 26% lower blood sugar rise in response to carbohydrate intake. All patients had normal blood glucose at the end of the study.
An elimination diet is a fairly easy way to figure out if a food you eat is causing health problems (whether it is due to an allergy, intolerance, or an autoimmune condition such as Celiac disease). You completely eliminate the suspected food from your diet for two to three weeks and then reintroduce it. If your symptoms go away or significantly improve while you are off the offensive food and then return when you reintroduce it, then you know it is likely related to your problems.
For an elimination diet to work, you need to be 100% accurate. A wheat-free diet eliminates just wheat. Wheat is in many foods you would not suspect (like soy sauce). Other names for wheat on labels include the following:
A gluten-free diet is more involved than a wheat-free diet. If you think the problem may be gluten, you will have to remove all wheat, rye, barley, and malt from your diet. These ingredients can be found in beer, deli meats, sauces, or soups, so you have to be diligent in reading labels. Avoiding processed foods is helpful.
You also need to be careful in looking at what is in your supplements and medicines. To find the best gluten-free prostate supplement and drugs you have to read the ingredients on the label, including the inert ingredients.
The good news is it is easier and easier every day to eliminate wheat and gluten from your diet. Many restaurants provide gluten-free options, grocery stores have many gluten-free mixes to help you through that transition of learning how to eat without wheat, and there are many online recipes. Try to move to more healthy alternatives to wheat rather than just other processed foods that have a gluten-free label. Sticking to whole natural foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and other grains like quinoa and oats is better for you anyway. When you are on a gluten-free diet you can still eat many foods like rice, corn, potatoes, meats, seeds, dairy, and many other foods.
Not everybody needs to be on a wheat-free diet, but for people with certain conditions it is a natural treatment that can greatly improve their health. If you have reasons to go wheat free, pick a period of time and give it a try. You might find that going wheat free or gluten free can help solve your problems without medication or other expensive therapies.
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