Why Be Gluten Free?

 

What’s the deal with gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It gives wheat breads their chewy elastic texture.

Humans are not designed to digest grains—they are not intended for the human gut. If you think about this, it makes a lot of sense. We can’t run out into a field of grains and start chowing down.

Gluten is impossible to fully digest. On a cellular level, gluten forces tight junctions open in the gut which causes inflammation and other issues that are associated with many conditions and autoimmune diseases like allergies, asthma, autism, diabetes, depression, lupus, leaky gut syndrome, neuropathy, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rosacea, schizophrenia, etc.

The bottom line is that it’s probably best to avoid gluten when possible in order to protect your gut. Studies have shown that the gut and its bacteria are responsible for a LOT. Like it’s practically your second brain—can affect depression, hormone regulation, immune response, mineral absorbency, and overall mental health.

“All disease begins in the gut.”  -Hippocrates