Thursday, 15 September 2011

Is Going Gluten Free a Fad Diet?

Huffington Post posted a great article today explaining why is it not just people with Celiac Disease who benefit from a gluten free diet. Here are some highlights:

It may seem like a fad, but I've been taking patients off of gluten for years, and I honestly can't think of anything in my practice that makes as dramatic a difference in health and wellness as following a gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease has been around for thousands of years, but research is now showing us that gluten sensitivity is a distinct and very real diagnosis, separate from celiac. It's estimated that 6 percent of our population has a sensitivity to gluten. That's about 18 million people. [3] But from what I see, I believe this number is a lot higher.

If you're serious about your health and curious about the effects of gluten, I urge you to try a gluten-free diet for one month (you can do anything for a month!) and pay attention to how you feel. I'm willing to bet you'll see a difference.

The common symptoms of gluten sensitivity actually occur primarily outside the gut: low energy, brain fog, skin rashes, numbness in the extremities, fibromyalgia, abdominal pain, headaches, muscle and joint pain, as well as problems with coordination.

We also consume much more wheat than we did 100 years ago, and when the body sees too much of the same food, it is more apt to develop sensitivities or allergies to it. We evolved to eat a richly varied diet. Our genetics simply haven't caught up to a modern American diet that includes large quantities of wheat, dairy, soy and corn.

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