Gluten intolerance is a phrase you hear all the time. People have dietary restrictions because they are incapable of digesting Gluten–whatever that means. It is an issue that effects other people, but not you right? Actually it is an issue that affects all human beings to some extent. Therefore, if you are unaffected by gluten you must either not be human, or not be aware of your allergy.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is in a lot of the food that form our daily diets. Gluten is in wheat therefore it is in the bread and cereals that we eat. Gluten is in corn so even if you substitute in corn flakes for shredded wheat you are still hitting it. It is present in the majority of grains actually. What is it though? It is the protein that is contained in the grain. This protein was never meant to be consumed by humans in the large quantities that we eat it, therefore our bodies are not capable of digesting such amounts. Every person’s body is different and thus has a different tolerance for gluten but in the end all of us are intolerant to some extent.
However, how can you be eating something that you are allergic to and still feel fine everyday? Well maybe you have just become accustomed to feeling the way you do. If you have been eating gluten for so long then your energy systems and your digestive system have likely adapted to the distress they experience on a daily basis. However, if you cut out the toxin from your diet you would notice the effects almost immediately. Within a few days you would begin to feel much higher energy levels and feel less bloated all of the time! Just try it long enough for your body to completely rid itself of all gluten and you will see for yourself.
Gluten Foods and Substitutes
So now your saying I can’t eat cereal or toast, what am I going to eat for breakfast? Well there are two very healthy grains that are gluten free and can be eaten on a gluten free diet. Those are rice and oats. There are many options for rice and oat based cereals and breads at your local grocery store. They may cost a little extra but how much can you really pay for good health. If you don’t want to pay that extra premium however you can make oatmeal and rice directly. If you choose this route you will end up paying far less than the gluten free options and the wheat and corn, gluten filled options you used to buy. Therefore, you can go gluten free and save money!
Obviously it is too extreme for most people to completely cut gluten out of their diets. It is so engrained in our society that you really have to go out of you way to avoid it. However, that doesn’t mean you have no options. Simply cutting back on gluten will still have noticeable health benefits! Just trade out a couple of your wheat based food choices for a gluten free one and you will be feeling more energized and healthier in no time.