When it comes to grains everyone that’s anyone has been taught to get a healthy serving of grains in their diet
First we were taught that any grains were healthy and that our diets should consist of mostly grains (look at the food pyramid).
Then we started being introduced to whole grains which are supposed to be a lot better for us cause of the added fiber.
Personally I think this is one of the worst lies we’ve been told. Believe it or not from all the years that man has been on this earth grains have recently started being a staple in our diets.
The primal man knew not to mess with grains, and for good reason
You see grains cause us more harm than good. Grains usually contain high levels of phytic acid, which binds with minerals and eliminates them from our bodies.
Leaving us mineral deficient (the minerals that most commonly bind to phytic acid are the ones that we need the most, they include; calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.)
Not only that but according to Nora Gedgauda grains contain goitrogrens or thyroid-inhibiting substances, as well as foreign proteins like gluten and gliadian which are common sources of allergies and sensitivities that can lead to both physical, mental, and even emotional disorders.
Also since grains are “recommended” to be more than half of our diets, it can be linked to serotonin deficiencies from the lack of an essential amino acids called L-tryptophan
Being deficient in serotonin can be lead to clinical depression, anxiety, and some forms of ADD/ADHD
Gluten isn’t anything to be messed with and unfortunately it’s in pretty much everything the average American eats.
You can find gluten in numerous grains such as wheat, durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, graham, triticale, rye, and barley. It can also be found in oats (this is due to the processing methods that companies use on oats).
And the worst part is, at this point grains are so hard to eliminate from our diets because they are so addicting due to a morphine like compound called exorphins.
Gluten has been linked to shit ton of diseases!
Yup, believe it or not gluten isn’t just there looking pretty.
It’s actually causing diseases that people die from every year.
And the sad thing is that people just think it’s because they’re getting old. That’s not always the case, “people often think that the symptoms to watch for when it comes to gluten issues are typically
gastrointestinal (digestive system issues), when gluten sensitivity can, in fact, profoundly impact our brain, nervous system, emotional states, endocrine functioning, neurotransmitters, immune system, bones, joints, skeletal system, and any possible aspects of your mental or physical physiological functioning” (Gedgaudas 36).
Even “The New England Journal of Medicine found that there were 55 diseases known to be caused by gluten. These include heart disease, cancer, nearly all autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders, gallbladder disease, Hashimoto’s disease, migraines, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, neuropathies, and most other degenerative neurological disorders such as autism” (Gedgaudas 40).
To put it in perspective, gluten is an inflammatory compound that can lead to inflammation anywhere in your body. The worst inflammation that I found that had the worst impact is called hypoperfusion, which is a decrease in blood flow to the brains frontal and prefrontal cortex due to the inflammation.
These are important parts of our brains that SHOULD be getting as much blood flow as possible. The frontal and prefrontal cortex allows us to focus, plan and organize, to consider the consequences of our actions, and to exercise our short term memory.
I don’t about you but I want a fully functional brain.
Now that’s not to say that ALL grains are bad, but for the most part the way that grains are processed in todays’ industry makes most grains a nightmare for your body. In most cases grains are bleached, pasteurized (which kills all the useful minerals and vitamins that come with grains), then they add synthetic vitamins and minerals that your body can’t use properly, and to make things worse some companies add even more gluten to the end result.
If I were to recommend grains (in todays society grains are everywhere from a bagel in the morning to a quick sandwich for lunch, to even pizza in the evening. People have just been accustomed to having grains with each meal and this is where the abuse of grains plays a role in the rise in diseases), they should be sprouted or fermented that way the gluten and phytic acid is broken down letting your body actually absorb the nutrients from the grain.
Now for the hard truth
Fixing the problem is gonna be hard and take time. All these disorders caused by gluten took a while to accumulate, and it’s gonna take a while to rid of all the problems.
First things first, you have to fix all the problems that gluten has caused to your intestinal tract (which include destroying of the villi due to celiac disease which is common in people with gluten sensitivity.)
So number one is cut out ALL gluten filled foods.
Secondly you’re going to want to increase omega 3 fatty acids and start adding more turmeric to your seasonings.
Increase vitamin D by getting out more and enjoying the sun or supplement with a good vitamin D supplement.
Two other supplements that you’re going to want to start taking are L-glutamine and probiotics. Taking these two on an empty stomach first thing in the morning will put you on the fast track to fixing your intestinal lining.
And lastly “there are more than 9,000 studies showing grass-fed bovine colostrum’s key role in restoring gastrointestinal integrity” (Gedgaudas 37).
So remember, to avoid all this BS from gluten you need to avoid eating gluten as much as you can. It’s not hard
After the initial withdraw (yes you suffer withdraw from cutting out gluten cold turkey because of the exorphins)
It’ll become a lot easier to not eat gluten, and teaching your kids to avoid gluten as well will save them all the time and trouble of fixing the problems gluten causes down the road.
I hope you enjoyed today’s article, if you suffer from gluten sensitivity and found a way to live a healthier and happier life without gluten, drop a common below. Maybe you’ll be able to help someone out that suffers from the same things you went through.
Talk to you later,