Let's start with Gluten- why do i need to cut it out?

So basically, I will be cutting out all of the allergies and common toxins that are currently in the food and drinks that I have every day.  Like what? well, we all know that "processed food" has a lot of preservatives (aka chemicals) to keep it package / shelf friendly. But there is more to it than that. ALOT more to it. I used to think that I ate pretty well. I cut out the bread and pasta (when that was trendy), I upped my protein when i started working out more, stopped having an after-dinner treat. I'm doing alright..... right? Not quite.

Common allergens and non-healthy ingredients include:

  • Wheat / gluten
  • Dairy
  • Refined Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Soy
  • Corn
"But I'm not allergic to gluten. that's just a bunch of hype for health fanatics and marketers to charge more."

Ok, before we get carried away here, let me explain something. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and wheat derivatives but may also be found in rye, barley and malts. Many processed foods, sauces, seasonings, flavorings and even beer and licorice contain gluten. More and more people WITHOUT celiac disease are also reporting sensitivities to gluten and making the decision to avoid products with this unnecessary allergen.  Have you ever expressly excluded it from you diet? You should try it just to see what happens. You might be shocked. Do you have any of these symptoms? Ever wondered why? 

During my detox, I can tell you that at least 4 of these things have completely vanished for me.

Here are a few side effects attributed to gluten: (this list taken from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7482/10-signs-youre-gluten-intolerant.html)

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as 'chicken skin' on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.