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Wheat, Gluten - why are we having trouble digesting it?

April 10, 2010

Wheat, Gluten - why are we having trouble digesting it?

Innisfil Scope

Gluten literally acts as glue to hold your food together, which can be hard for intolerant people’s digestive systems. It is everywhere, in everything from food, bread and cakes, to pasta, sauces, through to shampoo and conditioner, to moisturizers and soaps.

In day-to-day life we eat and rely on so many processed and pre-packed foods, that we are eating a lot more gluten then the body was originally designed for. Long gone are the days where people lived off the land, hunted for fish and game, and ate veggies they grew themselves. We live in a society of convenience, the microwave meal, prepackaged sauces, biscuits from a packet, and often our meat is highly processed. Coming into this much gluten in daily life causes people to have a reaction.

Some of the symptoms of gluten-intolerance are: Bloating, gas; diarrhea or constipation; heartburn/reflux; tired, exhausted; eating problems; runny nose and sinus problems; osteoporosis; joint pain; depression/moodiness; cloudy mind; headaches/migraines; poor sleep; attention deficit disorder; hyperactivity disorder; autism; not growing well; weight issues; weakness; chronic iron deficiency; eczema; bad skin; infertility and mental health issues.

There are many other grains available which are gluten-free that we need daily. Quinoa, brown rices, red rices, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, etc. Health food stores and many grocery stores are becoming more conscious of this ever-growing concern and more and more products are now available.

If you need help with transitioning away from gluten to gluten-free let us know.

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