The need for a gluten free (GF) diet has been around for over 2,000 years. However, over the past decade it has become increasingly popular. Celebrities advertise it for weight loss, nutritionists may prescribe it for gastrointestinal or skin issues… lets face it, we all know at least one person who avoids gluten on a regular basis. There is certainly a use for a Gluten Free diet, but is our society overusing this “magic diet”, and if so, who is this specialized diet truly meant for?
Before we get into further discussion, we need to define what gluten actually is. It is a protein found in wheat that provides that moist, fluffy texture and cohesiveness that we all look for in a freshly baked loaf of bread. Those who are prescribed a GF diet will also have to avoid barley, rye and triticale.
In today’s culture, we are led to think that removal of bread and wheat products help us lose body fat and make us healthier. However, this is not the case. There are plenty of GF breads, desserts, pastas and foods without gluten that can easily add inches to our waistline. Also, GF products are typically more expensive, so misuse of GF products is simply spending unnecessary money… and who doesn’t want an extra few dollars in their pockets?
Research shows effectiveness of a GF diet in improvement of abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and bloating in those diagnosed with a gluten or wheat digestive-related issue. The list of non-digestive symptoms improved by GF diets extends to headaches, depression, asthma and more. If you are concerned or mimic symptoms listed above, my recommendation is to try out our teatox for 28-days. This will help “re-boot” your digestive system and help you start from a clean-slate. Rely on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins as your sources of nourishment during your teatox. Lastly, whether you see improvement in these symptoms or not, seek help from an MD or Registered Dietitian to see if a long-term GF diet may be appropriate for you!