Is it all about that gluten?

BreadfanOptimal health entails many dimensions of well-being—the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. These days however, it seems that whenever we discuss health, there’s a word that keeps coming up over and over. That notorious word is “GLUTEN.” You’ve probably heard the lyrics of the hit song by Meghan Trainor: “It’s all about that bass, ‘bout that bass, ‘bout that bass, NO treble.” Nowadays, many people think that being healthy is all about eliminating gluten from their diet. Their lyrics would be: “It’s all about that gluten, ‘bout that gluten, ‘bout that gluten, NO bread!” What an ironic contrast to the message in Meghan’s song! While she’s trying to bring booty back, others believe that by simply eliminating gluten from their diet, they could magically lose pounds of fat, develop sexy-toned muscles and look like an air-brushed beauty queen on the cover of a fashion magazine! Uh…really?

Sorry to break the news, but changing your body composition doesn’t quite work that way. Although, there are certainly benefits to avoiding gluten, unless you have Celiac disease, your definition of health should not be all about eliminating gluten. Even then, hopefully people with the disease can look beyond their scope of wariness to embrace a larger picture of health. Why though, all this hype ‘bout that gluten’? Realistically, everyone has mild food sensitivities and gluten is becoming a popular one. One of the main reasons for this growing concern is because the wheat of today has significantly regressed from yesteryear. The current conditions of soil along with the standard irradiation practices of agribusiness (particularly, the use of glyphosate) has been robbing the quality of nutrients in our food. Furthermore, due to hybridization, the proportion of gluten in modern wheat is enormously higher than the wheat our ancestors used. Consequently, an excessive consumption of grains which is the primary source of gluten has resulted in an increase of gastrointestinal complaints such as; nausea, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain. Now, we can easily find compelling research that indicates a link between gluten and several neurological, as well as psychiatric problems. In his book; The Grain Brain, David Perlmutter, MD outlines many types of health issues that are triggered by gluten including; dementia, epilepsy, headaches, depression, schizophrenia, ADHA, and Alzheimer’s to name a few.

Most people discover when they start eliminating or restricting ‘all that gluten’ from their diet, their health will improve somehow. Some of these benefits may include a healthier gut, lower insulin resistance, reduced bloating and inflammation, lower blood sugar, less brain fog and weight loss. On the surface, it does seem to be ‘all about that gluten.’ However, not only do we need to be aware of what to avoid in our diet, we also need to be careful about what it is we are consuming. There are many health gimmicks on the market and just because a package says “Gluten-Free” doesn’t automatically make it healthy. Is the item organic? Does it use unbleached, unbromated flour? What type of oil is used?  When it comes to real nutrition education, there’s so much more that the general public needs to take into consideration and understand. The Proactive Health Solution cuts through the confusion and teaches us to determine what’s right and wrong for ourselves. It goes above and beyond a one-sided trend that insists we mindlessly kiss our French toast, pasta with toasted garlic bread, and freshly baked goodies bye-bye. As one reader put it to her friend recently: “The Proactive Health Solution is a book packed with so much insightful information—it will open up your eyes.”  Learn to implement the PHS Principles and discover your own journey toward optimal health. At the end of the day, it’s not all about that gluten…it’s all about YOU!

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