Should I eat a gluten free diet?
I have just returned from an amazing seminar In London with Dr. Tom O Bryan. The seminar was a round up of all of the current medical research regarding; Gluten Related disorders and ‘Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity’ (or NCGS coined by Dr. Volta).
Gluten is mainly found in wheat, rye and barley. Many people may be tested for coeliac disease and be told that they have no issue with the food.
However, there is a whole spectrum of ‘non coeliac gluten sensitivity’ and ‘Gluten related disorders’ that are not yet tested in the UK.
In Dr. William Davis book; ‘Wheat Belly’, he talks about the ‘Frankengrain’ that has been modified for high crop yield. Our ancestors ate a gluten free diet until 10,000 years ago with the introduction of agriculture.
The grains that we consume today are different in structure to ancient grains. Now, even the cattle we eat are fed on grain to fatten them up.
Most people I meet, eat gluten at every meal. The body is bombarded with gluten.
How many portions of wheat based foods do you and your family eat daily?
Dr. Aleesio Fasano, MD states that “Gluten is not digestible by any human kind”. Many people can eat gluten and be symptom free, however the research indicates that ‘Gluten related disorders’ are not just confined to the gut.
Studies have shown that 57% of ‘neurological disease’ can be linked to a gluten related disorder. Many people may be told that they have IBS or a food sensitivity, however new research indicated that ‘brain fog’, poor balance and memory loss can also be signs of gluten related disorders. Reproductive health, thyroid health, bone health and even weight loss/ gain can be linked in some cases to Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity!
The neuro-transmitters in the brain (i.e dopamine, seratonin) are directly affected by the health of the the digestive tract. If the gut is sluggish because of a diet based on grains then the brain can be sluggish too.
When we eat gluten, microscopic holes can appear in the gut. A protein called gliadin found in gluten can be responsible for this so called ‘leaky gut’.
Undigested food particles and bad bacteria can leak into the blood. The body creates anti bodies to the undigested stimuli and a whole range of symptoms can occur!
I urge you to read a wonderful book called ‘Grain Brain’ by Dr. David Perlmutter for a deeper insight.
I hope that if you have any symptoms of gluten related disorder, you may be able to start your own research with your health care practitioner!
To find thousands of studies, you can go to PUBMED and type in gluten related disorders plus your symptoms.
You will be amazed by the amount of clinical research available!
It is time to start eating real food again! It is hard to make dietary changes, however the best thing to do is cook from scratch. The worst thing to do it to start eating processed ‘Gluten Free’ products.
Most of the time they are full of tapioca starch, potato starch and other unnatural preservatives.
If it used to run, swim, fly or is fresh then eat it. If the product you plan to eat has a long shelf life or lots of ingredients, the chances are it can cause a stress to your system.
If a gluten free lifestyle and nutritional support is something that you are interested in, I would love to help you with family meal planning. Please seek medical advice if you are unsure if dietary changes are right for you.
Yours in health