Wheat is one of the oldest grains in the world. The earliest crops have been located in Egypt, India, Syria and Turkey. Wheat used to be very nutritious before it went through a lot of processing, sprayed with pesticides, and given plant growth hormones. Before wheat is even planted, the seed gets sprayed with fungicides and insecticides. Fungicides are used to protect the seeds from diseases; insecticides help with controlling and killing pests. These chemicals increase you risk of developing neurotoxic diseases and possibly cancer. These pesticides contain a foreign estrogen that can mess with your hormone balance and may contribute to other health conditions. Researchers think that these estrogen chemicals are one of the contributing factors to boys and girls developing at a younger age.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Oats and spelt also may contain gluten.
“Gluten” comes from the Latin word “glue”. Gluten’s adhesive properties interfere with the breaking down and absorption of nutrients. Gluten causes your immune system to attack the lining of your small intestine, which may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, weight loss and nausea. Over time, your small intestine becomes damaged and is less able to absorb nutrients like iron and calcium. This can lead to anemia and other health problems. Many people who have a gluten intolerance or allergy, are misdiagnosed with IBS.
If you think you might have a gluten intolerance or allergy, I suggest following a gluten-free diet. This would mean you would stay away from wheat, spelt, barley and rye. You may want to be careful of oats also (they bother some people). You can start off by eliminating wheat for 2-3 weeks, and then reintroduce it back into your diet. Take notes on how you feel when you are off wheat, and when it’s back into your diet. Some signs when you are off wheat/gluten are; have more energy, less or no abdominal pain (bloating, cramping and digestion issues), weight regulation and normal bowel movement.
When you’re following a gluten-free diet, it might be tricky shopping for food at first. This means you will be required to do a lot of label reading! When you read the labels on a gluten-free product, there might be some flours and starches you never heard of before.
My experience being gluten-free-
I had an allergy test done, and I tested positive with a wheat allergy. Thinking back on it now, it was a great thing I had that test done. When I eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet, I felt so much better! I had no more bloating, stomach pains, or exhaustion. I have been strictly gluten-free for about a year. I don’t ever want to go back to wheat! I will admit, trying to cook and bake gluten-free isn’t easy! If you find a good gluten-free recipe, stick with it. You might not find many, especially when you’re starting out on a gluten-free diet.
It might be a little difficult starting out, but I promise it will become easier. It just takes time and practice. I hope with how well you will feel, it won’t matter to you that it’s difficult at first.
If you decide to try the gluten-free diet, I’m sure you’ll do great, and feel great too!