Does Gluten Undermine Your Health?

August 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Healthy Living

Is gluten undermining your health?

Is gluten undermining your health?

It seems like everyone is allergic to some sort of food these days. The most common is gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It’s estimated that at least 1 out of 133 people is gluten intolerant (Celiac Disease) or gluten sensitive.

Gluten is in almost all processed foods and can even be found in our shampoo, lotions and other beauty products like lipstick! Cutting out wheat isn’t enough if you have an allergy to gluten and we need to be careful with what we purchase. If you’re buying a product off the shelf, it needs to say ‘gluten-free’ so you can be sure you are not buying a product that contains the protein. Also, do your research to understand the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten sensitivity. People with gluten sensitivities may not show gluten as an allergy if tested with regular allergy tests because the body isn’t producing antibodies to gluten, it just doesn’t process it well, causing inflammation in the intestines.

Not processing gluten well may sound simple but it’s actually a major underlying issue for many health problems including: autoimmune diseases, bowel cancer, arthritis, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, glandular disorders, acne, autism and many more. Gluten intolerance and sensitivity is associated with absorption problems as it damages the villi in the small intestine which enable digestion. A compromised ability to absorb nutrients will undermine the health of the whole body. If you are having a health issue that you feel like you’ve tried everything to balance out and it just isn’t working, you may want to try a gluten-free diet; give it a month and see how you do.  Kroeger Herb also has a product called Healthy Gut that promotes health of the intestinal villi and keeps the gut happy while promoting proper absoption. Take a look at a previous blog post about Healthy Gut here and learn more about health conditions that Healthy Gut can address in a post here.

Educate yourself in your sensitivies and intolerances with food so that you can live a healthy life. Don’t let gluten undermine your health!

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