The newest health dangers of gluten

January 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Blog, Sherry

 

I was at a holiday dinner party last Saturday night where I met a lot of very nice, interesting new people. 

We chatted about things like our families, Syracuse University basketball, the snowy winter we’ve had so far and our careers.

And when people find out that my career is in the nutrition field that usually means these two things:

  1. 1.       People start hiding their plates from me so I won’t “judge” what they’re eating and
  2. 2.       I get peppered with diet questions!

One woman said that her daughter had recently gone gluten free and she didn’t really understand why or what it was all about, and asked me what I knew about gluten.

Well, once I got talking many of the other guests joined our little circle to listen as well.

Here is what I told them:

So why is gluten causing so many problems now?

The answer is simple:  Gluten problems have skyrocketed over the last decade or two because the AMOUNT of gluten we’re eating (as compared to 50 years ago) has also skyrocketed

And our bodies are simply not biologically designed to handle that much gluten!

Thanks to bioengineering of crops, the wheat harvested today has nearly double the gluten of the wheat that our grandparents ate. 

Plus practically ALL processed foods contain gluten as a thickener, and our consumption of those foods has exploded over the last 50 years. 

So, my friend, it should be no surprise at all that many of us are getting sick from too much gluten.

How can you tell if gluten is harming you?

Well, most people do know gluten on a very personal basis, but they just don’t realize it.  That’s because gluten-related health problems disguise themselves as many other diseases with different names.

The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused or worsened by eating gluten.  These include osteoporosis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anemia, cancer, fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all other autoimmune diseases.

Heard of any of those?

Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, migraines, epilepsy and neuropathy (nerve damage).

Plus of course, it has also been linked to autism.

The previous stereotype for someone with gluten problems or celiac disease used to be children who had diarrhea, were dangerously thin, and failed to thrive. 

Now it’s been shown you can be young or old, thin or overweight, and have diarrhea or constipation and still have a gluten problem.

And by failing to diagnose gluten sensitivity or celiac disease that means pain, suffering, needless medication and possibly early death for millions of people…because gluten’s dangers are continuing to grow.

Higher death risk from heart disease & cancer

The problems associated with gluten are growing, and that’s resulted in some pretty interesting studies being done.

For example, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with celiac and gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer.

This study examined 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and their cause of death in three groups:  Those with celiac disease, those with gluten-induced intestinal inflammation (but not celiac) and those with gluten sensitivity.

The findings were alarming.  There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gluten-related gut inflammation and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity!

5 times more people have celiac

Another study was conducted that compared the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today

The results were shocking–the rate of celiac disease increased by 400 percent (in other words, 5 times as many people have it now as compared to before)!  

If we saw a 400 percent increase in cancer or heart disease, you can bet the world would know about it.  But the average person hears next to nothing about gluten problems, despite the fact that they’re skyrocketing.

What to do

So if you suspect you may be gluten sensitive, how can you find out for sure, and more importantly, what can you do about it? 

And what if you’re not gluten sensitive but still want to avoid gluten?

Glad you asked.  Here are three very helpful measures you can take to minimize gluten’s effect on you and help restore and maintain your strong state of health:

1) Get it out of your diet

First and foremost, it can make a tremendous difference to remove gluten from your diet.

(The tests for gluten sensitivity and Celiac are different, so if your doctor has only done one test, you have not been completely tested and may still be needlessly suffering from gluten.)

Plus you’ll be armed with all the facts you’ll need when deciding to live a gluten free lifestyle, including shopping lists, substitution guides and hints for creating a gluten free household.

And of course the recipe book is chock full of 160 of the most mouth-watering, delectable gluten free recipes.  Wait until you taste the breads, cookies and cakes–you’ll swear they’re fresh from your favorite bakery!

2) Restore your flora balance

Gluten sensitivity and the resulting effects on your intestinal tract can also upset your flora balance, giving harmful bacteria the “upper hand.”

Not only does this mean a weakened immune system, but since your flora help digest certain foods, it can mean even MORE gut misery!

 And that means you can start feeling much better…fast.

3)  Enzymes if necessary

Because our bodies were not meant to handle the onslaught of gluten that they are now faced with, and because gluten is so difficult for your body to break down, you can expend a LOT of digestive enzymes in the process.

And if that continues over time, your enzyme making ability can become greatly diminished…and that means increasing digestive problems and poor nutrient absorption.

That’s when a digestive enzyme supplement like can be a huge help.

Complete digestion helps your wastes move through the intestinal tract easier…and you can have fewer gut aches as a result!

The health issues caused by gluten continue to grow, and it’s not something you can be in the dark about any longer.

If you know or suspect gluten is a culprit behind your health issues, see how much better you can feel when you take the necessary measures to eliminate it from your life and help your body bounce back to a strong state of health!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

 

 


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