I personally don’t think that gluten should be ingested as it can cause problems with the gut (and can contribute towards ‘leaky gut’) as well as wreaking havoc with the digestive system. Studies show that gluten is toxic and can cause autoimmune and other diseases.
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.
Read more: Source
I’d been to the doctors several times about bloating and generally feeling low in my mood. Besides giving me peppermint capsules to treat IBS, she also prescribed me anti depressants!! And that was pretty much my experience for years and years! It was an ongoing problem. I actually decided to cut the wheat when I was pregnant, by after I had my second child, I lost the weight within a couple of months and was feeling amazing! So full of energy, I decided to cut wheat more permanently.
If you are unsure if you are intolerant to gluten, I would recommend that you cut gluten from your diet for two weeks, then slowly re introduce it. See how you feel! I’d love for you to leave me a comment below if you try it. There are also tons of videos on You Tube (from certified doctors) that can tell you in more detail the problems with gluten.
Why have gluten intolerances skyrocketed?
I read an interesting article (can be found by clicking here) that suggests that most wheat grown in the U.S is covered with ‘RoundUp’ herbicide. It is used to boost growth, slow down harvest time and essentially make the farmer more money! This is like poison and ends up in bread, cereal, pastries and cakes.
Gluten, wheat and other…
There is a lot of research and information that suggests that gluten, AND other proteins found in wheat such as ‘wheat germ agglutinin and ‘amylase trypsin inhibitors’, can cause a variety of problems as well as blood sugar problems, caused by carbohydrates. Read more: source.
Wheat germ agglutinin (mostly found in wheat) is a lectin that protects wheat from insects and other forms of bacteria. Rice, wheat, spelt and rye are all high in ‘lectins’. All grains contain lectins, as well as seeds, legumes, dairy, tomatoes and potatoes.
WGA is different to gluten and can cause problems in the gut, even when there is no reaction to gluten found in the same food.
“Like man-made pesticides, lectins are extremely small, resistant to break-down by living systems, and tend to accumulate and become incorporated into tissues where they interfere with normal biological processes”. Source
This Paleo Leap source explains:
11 ways gluten & wheat can damage your health
Here are a few…
- Wheat Germ Agglutinin
- Celiac Disease: Sensitivity to gluten
- Increased Intestinal Permeability: This is caused from inflammation in the gut- the gut walls allow too much through, hence the nickname ‘leaky gut’)
- Gut Autoimmunity: Once gliadin gets into the blood stream due to all the above mentioned, the immune system forms antibodies against molecular mimicry. This may cause the cells to attack the ‘good’ tissues
- Autoimmune Reactions: Can cause diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia, osteoporosis and a small increased risk of bowel cancer. Read more: Source
However: an article, published by The Guardian, suggests
“Wholegrains have B vitamins, iron and fibre and in a balanced diet may reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.”
There are gluten free products out there, such as oats and flour
I feel that the plant based diet is the way to go! Stick to wholesome, REAL foods.
As well as being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, dairy causes inflammation, which can lead to skin problems (such as skin rashes or acne) digestion problems (such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea), vomiting and may even cause severe effects can be as serious as anaphylactic shock!
Actually, 6/10 of us can be intolerant to dairy and some of us may not even know it! If you are unsure then why not eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better.
Rice milk is soaked rice blended with water. It is high in GI, causes insulin levels to rice and contains little nutrient.
Soy milk (made from soy beans and water) contains high levels of estrogen and also contains starches. I do not use soy based products- despite some people thinking that soy is healthy.
Almond milk is a better option (in my opinion) but stick to unsweetened. You can also make almond milk yourself, it’s really quick and easy to do. I don’t like almond milk in tea though unless it’s spiced chai tea.
Coconut milk is made using grated and soaked coconut flesh. It contains ‘medium chain saturated fatty acids’ which are used up quickly and less likely to be stored up as fat. Coconut milk also provides more calcium than regular milk.
Hemp milk is my favourite. It takes a little getting used to if you put it in regular tea. It’s creamy and a little sweet but is also good for kids breakfasts etc. I use it to combined mashed, raw fruit at breakfast time.
Good Hemp is the healthiest plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. Made from natural hemp seeds it is 100% allergen free, tastes delicious and is perfect in tea, coffee, shakes, cereal and enjoyed on it’s own as a refreshing drink.
- 100% Natural ingredients
- Low in Saturated fat
- Free from Dairy
- Free from Lactose
- Free from Soya
- Free from Nuts
- Free from Gluten
- Free from known Allergens
- Enriched with Calcium and Vitamin D2
- Natural source of Omega-3 & 6…just one 250ml glass provides 50% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3
- Suitable for vegetarians & vegans
- Kosher Certified
Dairy contains casein, which slows the digestive process and the release of nutrients into the body. There are also common allergies linked to the consumption of casein:
These include swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, face or throat; skin reactions such as hives, a rash, or itchiness; and sinus issues like nasal congestion, sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes etc. Source.
More worryingly, casein studies have been linked to cancer! Dr. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study” stated:
“Our work showed the casein is the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered.”
“Casein, in fact, is the most “relevant” chemical carcinogen ever identified; its cancer-producing effects occur in animals at consumption levels close to normal—strikingly unlike cancer-causing environmental chemicals that are fed to lab animals at a few hundred or even a few thousand times their normal levels of consumption.”
Cows milk contains a high level of the protein ‘alpha s1 casein’, which is the reason some people may be allergic to cows milk. Cheese is really high in alpha s1 casein, which is why I avoid eating it.
The levels of Alpha s1 Casein in goat’s milk are about 89% less than cow’s milk
The trouble with casein
Sheep and goat milks are a little different because they contain 89% less casein.
Goat’s milk is less allergenic, naturally homogenized, easier to digest, lactose intolerant friendly, and biochemically/thermodynamically superior to cow’s milk. Source.
Why goat’s milk is better for human consumption
- Higher quality potassium that reacts in an alkaline way rather than an acidic way- like with cows milk.
- Easier and quicker to digest.
- Low in lactose- if you are ‘lactose intolerant’ you are missing the enzyme ‘lactase’ which is what digests lactose. Some people are allergic to the protein in milk (Alpha s1 Casein)
- Lactose is absorbed differently and there is subsequently no ‘lactose’ left over. This is why some people can tolerate goats milk but not cows milk.
There is also a bit of a ‘calcium’ debate. I went to the doctors when I was pregnant and we were talking about food etc and I said I don’t consume much dairy. He asked why and told me that I need it because calcium is important. The conversation got a little heated. Lots of foods contain calcium and some contain an equal amount of calcium, if not more!
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium is 1,000 mg for men and 1,200 mg for women but actually this depends on how much calcium is absorbed by the body- and that’s down to the source of the calcium. The calcium from dairy rich foods aren’t absorbed as well as calcium from other foods. So what happens when we cut the dairy? we only actually needs 300-400 mg of calcium per day. WOW.
- collard greens
- broccoli (also contains more Vit C than an orange
- bok choi
- salmon with bones (not too much because of high levels of mercury)
Nuts/Seeds & Milks
- sesame seeds/tahini
- almond milk
- almond butter
- coconut milk
- hemp milk
Other Sources of Calcium
- bone broth (conatains many other minerals)
- molasses (high in calcium as well as iron, and other vitamins)
- oranges and orange juice
- white beans
- black eyed peas
- turnip greens
- hemp seeds
Find more information about calcium containing foods by checking out the links below: