Gluten, that sticky substance found in wheat, barley, rye, etc., has been causing a lot of problems lately. 1 in 133 Americans have a gluten intolerance of some sort. There are even more out there that have yet to be diagnosed. Unfortunately, almost everything we eat all day long has gluten in it in the Standard American Diet.
Cookies. Crackers. Pasta. Bread. Hotdogs. Yogurt. Even some lotions.
It’s everywhere. And you have to really read labels and really know what you are doing to avoid it.
For instance, did you know “maltodextrin” which is in most everything can either be wheat derived or corn derived? Unfortunately, on most labels, it doesn’t tell you which one.
“Ok, so what’s the big deal? It’s not like it’s eating wheat directly. Can’t I just have a little?” Here’s the problem with thinking you can cheat once you’ve had a diagnosis of gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, or even Celiac disease ~ it’s not really an allergy, it’s an auto-immune reaction your body has to the gluten. It thinks it’s a foreign substance in your body and goes into fight mode. This article has the best description I’ve heard explaining what happens when you eat gluten and have a sensitivity to it, no matter the degree.
There are people with an intolerance that hardly have symptoms, and there are people who are Celiac who have zero tolerance for gluten in their diet.
There is so much information on this topic that will be covered in my upcoming book, The Parent’s Survival Guide to Going Gluten-Free. However, today I wanted you to know how bad it is to cheat by eating gluten occasionally when you know you shouldn’t.
It takes two weeks for one dose of gluten to get out of your system. So in those two weeks, you are doing damage that could take months to repair. And if you decide to cheat only every couple of weeks, you really have gluten in your system the whole time! Do you see the problem here?
Your body (or your child’s) is still reacting, still getting damage in your intestines, and still producing symptoms, whether you feel them or not (common gluten-sensitivity symptoms are fatigue, mouth sores, mood swings, bloating, intestinal pain, etc.).
The damage can then lead to malabsorption, malnutrition, and even other nasty diseases like Lymphoma. Not worth that one flour tortilla!
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Above all, read labels! When you are eating gluten-free, you MUST READ LABELS. That’s the only way you can know for sure that something is gluten free. And even then, it can be questionable.
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Have any questions about eating gluten-free? Ask them below. I, along with my 4 kids (one diagnosed Celiac), have been gluten-free for almost 6 years. Hopefully, my experience can help you make the transition seamlessly!
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!