Yesterday I posted a piece which was written by a woman who has suffered from celiac disease for many years. While I don’t have celiac sprue, I have gluten intolerance which was verified last January with an ALCAT blood test. When I eat gluten, I become irritable and emotional, I get headaches, my belly aches, and I don’t sleep well. Of course I didn’t know that this was the case until I did an elimination diet and gradually began feeling better, then tried eating gluten after many months of avoiding it. Every time I ingest gluten containing foods, I notice symptoms which can be mild or severe depending on the food and the quantity eaten. Pizza is VERY dangerous for me now, so if I am faced with the prospect of eating the cheesy, gluten filled meal, I have to take a Glutagest (which breaks down gluten in the food eaten) if I want to avoid the ugly consequences of allowing gluten to enter my body.
I agree that the whole gluten-free trend has gotten a little out of hand, but I also strongly believe that there are many people walking around with gluten intolerance who have no idea that the glutinous foods they are consuming are affecting their health and well-being. Gluten-free foods have become trendy these days, and people are quite willing to pay extra for gluten-free foods which are frequently tasteless and odd in texture, even if they have no health issues with gluten. One great feature about the new trendiness of gluten is that there have been great improvements in the taste and texture of these foods without having to throw in a ton of fat and flavorings, so even those who aren’t suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac are happy to consume gluten-free dishes.
Going gluten-free is definitely not a guarantee to weight loss or any other magic cure, but it can certainly help those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I have personally benefitted from going gluten free in the past year, with more luminous skin, better digestion, better overall mood and energy, and much better sleep. If you suspect you have gluten intolerance, try an elimination diet in which you avoid any foods containing gluten for a period of time (I recommend at least 4 weeks). You may notice a difference in how you feel, in which case you may want to continue avoiding gluten. If you prefer objective data, you can ask your doctor about getting tested for gluten and other types of food intolerance.