A gluten-free diet is no longer a fad. This dietary approach has gone mainstream as studies show gluten could be to blame for a host of health problems, including thyroid dysfunction.
Gluten In Common Everyday Foods
Gluten is a common food protein that is naturally found in a variety of grains including wheat, rye, spelt, barley, oats, and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye.
These days you will also find gluten in a wide range of processed foods such as bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, desserts, biscuits, sauces, and microwave meals.
Gluten Triggers Inflammation
The biggest problem with gluten is that it wreaks havoc on the gut.
What does gluten do to the gut?
Gluten easily irritates, and damages the lining of the digestive tract. Once this happens the body reacts to gluten as something foreign, and launches a rapid immune response. This then triggers inflammation which spreads like wildfire throughout the WHOLE body.
As you can imagine, a problem with gluten not only devastates digestive health, it can also be to blame for a host of chronic inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune thyroid disorders.
Concerned gluten could be causing problems? You can learn more here: Problem With Gluten? Here’s A Quick Gluten Intolerance Checklist
Making The Switch To A REAL Food Diet
A gluten-free diet strictly excludes all gluten containing foods. This may sound restrictive but fortunately, there are many gluten-free alternatives now available.
The best news?
A nutritious, REAL food diet is naturally low in gluten. That’s because vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, meat, and selected grains don’t contain gluten.
A Gluten Free Diet Can Help Heal Your Thyroid
Although a gluten-free diet is considered ‘trendy’ by some, many people are discovering major benefits to completing eliminating gluten.
In fact, all sorts of things can happen when you stop eating gluten. A gluten-free diet can help you lose weight, feel more energetic and mentally sharp, and may even finally put an end to belly bloating.
Furthermore, studies show a strong link between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten sensitivity so going gluten-free is definitely something to seriously consider if you have a diagnosed autoimmune thyroid disorder.
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