Gluten is a protein found in barley, wheat, rye and other processed foods like pasta, bread, and cereal. For some people with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder, gluten can reek havoc on the small intestine and they have no choice but to eat gluten-free products. Now a billion dollar industry, gluten-free products are everywhere and it seems more and more people are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon. There are benefits to a gluten free diet, even if you aren’t diagnosed with Celiac disease. A gluten-free diet can provide advantages to your overall well being and at the same time decreasing your waistline. Here are a few benefits of being gluten-free:
- Vitamins and antioxidants. To embrace the gluten-free lifestyle start with your snacking habits. Instead of processed treats go for the more traditional forms of healthy snacking with things packed with antioxidants and vitamins, like vegetables. Choose fresh produce for more of the essential vitamins and minerals.
- Weight loss may be easier. By avoiding the processed gluten products, you stand the possibility of losing weight. Replace gluten products with gluten-free alternatives that general provide fresher ingredients reducing your starch intake. Take time to read nutrition labels as many gluten-free products by have a hefty calorie count and could possible defeat your weight loss goals.
- Improve overall digestion. For those suffering from Celiac disease, the small intestine can’t absorb nutrients therefore making digesting difficult when ingesting gluten. By reducing gluten, it can potentially aid in relieving upset stomach, cramping, bloating and diarrhea, for non-Celiac suffers as well.
- Feel more energetic. The vitamins and minerals you ingest could be lost when you pair healthy foods with gluten. It is important to retain the vitamins and minerals that increase your energy levels. With Celiac disease and even anemia, not enough iron is being absorbed, therefore you experience a lack of energy and feel drained. Try going gluten-free and see if you still need that cup of coffee in the morning.
- No flour, no problem. There are plenty of alternatives to flour. Check out the grocery aisles for thousands of options now available as gluten-free. However, to stay on track with your diet, try the tasty gluten-free Ideal Protein products like the apple flavored oatmeal, broccoli cheese soup, or even Honey-Dijon salad dressing.
So yes, the health benefits of being gluten free can include a more productive digestive system, increased energy levels, and improved cholesterol levels. Of course, always check with your doctor or health care professional first before making any drastic changes to your diet, like removing gluten completely. If you have questions about the benefits of being gluten free or to learn more about gluten free options while dieting, contact the health experts at Ideal Body Chiropractic.