All About Gluten

There is a lot of talk about gluten. So much so that people are starting to view it as a poison that will destroy humanity. In actuality, gluten is totally fine for a lot of people and there is no reason to avoid it. However, it is estimated that greater than 1 in 3 people are gluten intolerant with many of them not knowing. When people who are gluten intolerant continue to consume gluten in their diet, a host of physical, emotional and behavioral issues arise.

For many people, they don’t know that it is the gluten that is causing issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression and other behavioral issues and disorders. So instead of eliminating the gluten from their diet, they seek medical assistance and instead take drugs and medications to counter the symptoms of gluten intolerance / sensitivities. In many cases, the medical treatment is costly and has negative side effects of their own.

Another issue that people experience when they are gluten sensitive / intolerant is that their body builds up an immunity against gluten and gliadin – the gluten protein that causes the issues. While this sounds like a good thing, it is actually very bad.

Gliadin is the main problem-causing gluten protein and it can be structurally similar to other proteins found in tissues of organs such as the thyroid or the pancreas. Antibodies that are created to combat the gliadin can actually attack these organs and cause common autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and hypothyroidism.

The link between hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance

If you are gluten intolerant and you regularly include gluten in your diet, here is the link between hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance. The molecular structure of gliadin, which is the protein part of gluten is very similar to that of the thyroid gland. So, when gliadin seeps out from the gut (known as leaky gut syndrome) the body’s immune system starts to attack. While it destroys the gliadin, it also attacks the thyroid tissue.

The problem that we have in the United States, is that much of our diet contains gluten. We are addicted to gluten and gluten appears in many, many food products and goes by different names making it difficult to find on many food labels and ingredient lists.

When you see these ingredients on food labels, it contains usually contains hidden gluten:

  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Modified food starch
  • Dextrin
  • Natural flavorings
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Anything labeled an extract
  • Vanilla flavoring
  • Malt flavoring

Our food coaching is centered around education about gluten, gliadin and how to spot and, more importantly, how to avoid gluten when shopping, preparing food and eating out. If you or someone in your family has issues ranging from ADHD, anxiety, depression to thyroid and digestive issues to even joint pain, acid reflux and skin-related issues, gluten could very well be the cause

Gluten Facts and Stats

From packaged foods like soups and sauces to alcoholic beverages to supplements and medications, gluten is truly all around us. While people with Celiac Disease know this, others who are trying to avoid gluten to remedy symptoms of gluten intolerance, it is hard to know what foods to avoid.

Knowing what gluten is and where it can be found is the first step to avoid gluten and its problematic symptoms if you are gluten sensitive or if gluten affects your body and brain.

Chef Beau’s coaching will help you understand what foods to avoid and all the hidden names of gluten making it easier to avoid what is hurting you.

Latest research by a study by the Center for Celiac Research, indicates that 1 out of 133 people have Celiac Disease – a serious disease with no cure where you must avoid all gluten for the rest of your life. However, it is estimated that as many as 75% of the population has some level of gluten intolerance that causes digestive and behavioral symptoms. Unfortunately, many people who are suffering from gluten intolerance seek medical help, which usually means prescription meds that have their own negative health effects.

Chef Beau has helped many of his clients reduce symptoms that are caused by gluten intolerance . For some, by eating the RIGHT foods and avoiding the WRONG foods, some of his patients were even able to safely throw away some of their medications because the right foods were the cure they were looking for.

A quick way to see for yourself if you might have a gluten sensitivity is to try an elimination diet. This means taking gluten out of your diet for 14-21 days. Then simply go have a ‘normal’ meal with gluten to see what happens. If you feel ill or have the same effects that you had before the elimination diet, then there is something there.

Keep in mind that gluten is a very large protein and it can sometimes take months and even years to totally clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better and clearer the results.

Unlike gluten sensitivity, Celiac Disease can only be diagnosed by a blood test.

Chef Beau can help you understand what foods contain gluten and what to avoid during your elimination diet in order to get the best results and insights.

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