Have you every asked yourself “Should I go gluten-free?” …Alright I’ll say it, I’m not looking for a fight here, but I simply think most people cannot handle regular consumption of gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and spelt just to name a few. it can also be found in some processed foods, spice mixes, and sauces as well as beauty products and supplements. it is a good binder meaning it is what helps these things hold their shape well.
A study in 2015 (PMID: 25734566) looked at people who had Celiac Disease, gluten-sensetitivity, and people who had no known issues with gluten. This study found that gliadin, a component of gluten, damaged the gut of everyone in the study and was an inflammatory food for each person.
This study alone cannot tell us everything we need to know and there’s certainly more research needed. But, in my work I find that gluten is a major cause of inflammation and gut issues and can contribute to all sorts of symptoms.
While gluten may be able to be part of someone’s diet who already has a healthy gut, we do not live in a generally gut-healthy world and it is important to take into consideration the status of our gut health when deciding to regularly consume a potentially-inflammatory food like gluten.
When it comes to people who are dealing with gut issues, hormone imbalances, IBS, PCOS, Endo, etc – I find that they often do best when gluten is removed, at least temporarily if not longterm.
I have said it over and over again: Carbs are necessary for healthy hormones. And carbohydrates do not have to contain gluten.
Some examples of gluten free carbohydrate sources are:
I want to remind you that I’m not in the business of daming foods or food shaming. ⭐️ We can embrace a healthy relationship with food, WHILE ALSO acknowledging that some foods may not be most beneficial or help us meet our health goals.
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.