Why is gluten bad?
In the last period you may have heard all over the place that gluten is bad for human body. All over the Internet, you can find various gluten free diets. Sometimes people associate the gluten intolerance with Celiac disease. This seems to be a bit exaggerating, considering that Celiac disease is a quite serious illness and not all the persons who are more sensitive to gluten must be considered ill. Gluten intolerance, is not an illness after all, it is just a disorder. In the following rows of this article, we will discuss about gluten and its effects over us more detailed.
Is it gluten dangerous? If you really have an intolerance at this specific ingredient, yes. Otherwise, it is not dangerous, but it can cause unpleasant situations. Doctors and scientist all over the world in the past years became more aware of the bad effects gluten consumption can have. This is the main reason why they tried to inform their patients and the news spread themselves all over the place. The conclusion drawn by all these scientists was that not only people with gluten intolerance can be affected but also all the other people. In fact, many people may have this intolerance but they not even know it.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein that can be found in many cereals such as wheat, rye and barley. You may wonder how it can be so annoying then. Well in association with other cereals, it may become toxic for our organism and it starts to reject it. Our body will perceive it as a bacteria in one word as an enemy. This is the reason why our immune system will try to fight with it. How to feel this? It will be felt as a digestive problem. Intestinal gasses, abdominal pains and other things similar with those will be the main signs that prove that our body doesn’t like something we ate.
Why you should not compare gluten intolerance with Celiac disease? Because when it comes about the second situation mentioned not only these symptoms will appear after gluten ingestion, but the intestinal walls will be affected as well. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, for which it doesn’t exist a treatment so it can be vanished. Considering the symptoms described above most doctors will recommend blood analysis to eliminate any possibility that you may suffer of Celiac disease. Once this thing is establish they will give you the solution right away. You should stop eating aliments that contains gluten.
Beside the people who suffer of gluten intolerance other health disorders such as colorectal syndrome can cause sensitivity at gluten ingestion. Another illness that can be caused by gluten intolerance is cerebral ataxia. As you can guess, it is a disease that attacks the neurological system and it is nothing to joke about. This illness’ symptoms are: the lost of balance, coordination deficiencies, walking deficiencies and maybe other things as well.
The main problem when you want to start a gluten free diet is that you can find this protein in almost everything, especially in the things that you like most. Bread is one of them. The gluten from wheat can cause a real dependency along with sugar. When you start a diet so you can lose some weight the one thing that you will miss the most is bread. Besides missing it, it is also the main temptation along with all the pastry products, which are also made from wheat flour.
A gluten free diet it is maybe the most difficult type of diet any person can keep. Why? Because it seem that gluten is everywhere. Another very difficult thing is to forget all about those tasteful treats everyone enjoy so much. Learning how to cook your own meals, it is the best solution. All you have to do is to choose natural and cereal free ingredients. The best choices you can make is to stop eating charcuteries, preserved vegetables or fruits and everything that contains flour of any kind.
If you can’t forget about bread forever rice flour and corn flour can be a good alternative even if they may not give the same satisfaction as wheat flour. Fresh vegetables and fruits along with dairy products are the main choices for you. In addition, meat, eggs, fresh fruit juices, honey, vegetal oils, condiments of all kind, yeast or butter can be included in your diet. You can certainly find something among all these aliments from which you can cook a healthy meal to satisfy your belly.
One thing you should remember is that such gluten free diet must be kept forever especially if you are already diagnosed with a gluten intolerance disorder. If you choose this type of diet just so you can keep yourself in a healthy state, you may surrender to temptation occasionally.
Remember, however, that gluten can give addictions. Once you fell in its’ temptation it is even harder to give up again. You may think that if you have gases or abdominal pains occasionally, you will not visit your doctor. Nevertheless, gluten intolerance gives other symptoms much more serious than that, which will determine you to request a checkup. Nausea, weight loss, fatigue, asthenia, skin pigmentation and diarrhea are just a few symptoms that will send you directly to your doctor office.
When you are a grownup, it may be easier to keep such diets. Children, however, may not like it too much but if they will not have temptation near them, it will be easier to educate their way of eating. This means that if you have a child with such a problem you, as a parent, can make the sacrifice to adopt the same diet. It can only do you good. Once, I have heard a theory of a very important and popular nutritionist that cereals are for pigs so they can gain weight. He may have being right when it comes about that. It is difficult to keep such diet but it is not impossible. You don’t live to eat, you eat so you can live.