It is important to get all your daily essential nutrients. However, in order to get the full benefits of your daily nutrients, you need to make sure that your body will be able to absorb them properly. One way to help your body absorb properly is to go gluten-free, taking wheat, barley, rye, and oats out of your diet.
Why go gluten-free?
All proteins are made of lots of amino acids bonded together. 12 amino acids are part of the daily essential nutrients that you need. The body cannot manufacture amino acids, so you must supplement. It is the job of the stomach to break the chemical bonds between the amino acids, liberating them to be used by the body. However, the chemical bond of the protein from wheat, barley, rye and oats is very difficult for the stomach to digest.
Once the stomach is done, the food passes into the small intestines. The small intestine is where absorption of all nutrients into the blood stream occurs. This happens through the villi, millions of almost hair-like threads that absorb the nutrients. However, the undigested proteins from the stomach end up tumbling through the intestinal track, where only amino acids should be. The proteins destroy the villi mechanically, and they also carry an electrical charge that zaps the villi, destroying them.
When you destroy the villi, you impair the mechanism that the body uses to absorb nutrients, resulting in irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis- all the same disease, just with different levels of tissue destruction. All of this leads to malabsorption and it has been shown that a majority of chronic diseases are caused by or directly affected by malabsorption.
Conservative numbers state that 60% of Caucasian people and 80% of black people have difficulty with gluten proteins. You may be part of the small percentage of people who are okay with wheat, barely, rye or oats, but the odds are against it. So, everyone can benefit from going gluten-free, even those without Celiac disease.
Gluten sensitivity is different from Celiac disease. Celiac disease has to deal with small intestine destruction/dysfunction and is present in only about 1% of the population, although it is increasing.
Gluten sensitivity is a generalized immune reaction. Similar to the flue, where symptoms present themselves because of the bodies response to an irritant, in this case gluten. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include joint pain, headache, fatigue, brain fog, etc.
Gluten sensitivity is not a wheat allergy. A wheat allergy causes immediate symptoms, much like bee stings or a peanut allergy, such as swelling, airway problems, rashes and redness. Gluten sensitivity causes a more delayed response, sometimes dealing with mood or gradual weight gain.
Celiac disease much easier to detect than gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is diagnosed with blood tests or other such medical tests. The test for gluten sensitivity is this: if your symptoms get better when you avoid gluten, then you are sensitive. It takes about 4-6 weeks of being off gluten and then reintroducing it to see if you are sensitive. However, due to the high conservative estimates of how many people may be sensitive, you can probably assume that you are gluten sensitive and cut all wheat containing foods out of your diet.
The good news
The good news is when you stop eating wheat, barely, rye and oats and give your body the daily essential nutrients it needs, the villi will grow back and be able to absorb all your daily essential nutrients again.
It is best to go on a gluten-free diet as soon as humanly possible. You will undoubtedly benefit from it. The longer you are on a gluten-free diet, the better you will feel, the healthier you will get and the more your body will be able to absorb your daily essential nutrients.
For more information about why being gluten-free is best, here is an interview with Dr. Joel Wallach that includes:
1. You Are What You Absorb 2. Enzymes, Acidity & Alkalinity 3. Liver & Gallbladder
4. Intestines 5. Healthy Bacteria and Flora 6. Vegetarianism 7. Colon & Appendix
8. Salt is Essential 9. Cereal Killers-Gluten Intolerance 10. Cholesterol is Essential
11. Healing the Intestines 12. Bad Fats & Oils 13. Digestive Disorders
14. Nutrient Deficiencies 15. Solutions
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. As a responsible human being it is important that you do your own due diligence. You alone are responsible for how you choose to use the information on this site.