Why Going Gluten-free is Good for You
Gluten-free Diets with Isagenix
There are many doctors and scientists all over the world who believe in the health benefits of following a gluten-free lifestyle and many people whose lives have been changed for the better by the omission of gluten from their diets. With the gluten-free product market exploding, availability and variety of products has made following this lifestyle even easier. But what does it mean to be gluten-free?
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is created through a bond between a glutenin molecule and a gliadin molecule. This bond has elastic properties and is evident in the chewy nature of bread and the way pizza dough can be tossed. It also works with yeast to aid in fermentation and therefore the ability of the dough to rise.
Where Did the Gluten-free Diet Come from?
There are varying degrees of sensitivity to gluten. A gluten-free diet was originally prescribed for individuals who have difficulty breaking down the protein or who have immune reactions or allergies to gluten itself. Gluten can damage the inside lining of the small intestine in these people. This disease is called Celiac Disease. Those who are sensitive to gluten may experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as cramping and diarrhea, joint pain, or skin rashes in response to eating food that contains it. You can visit your doctor and have a blood test that can confirm the presence of the disease or grade your level of sensitivity.
Are Gluten-free Diets for Everyone?
Some people only recommend gluten-free diets to those who are gluten intolerant. They argue that there are many other beneficial nutrients and minerals found in products that contain gluten and, by avoiding these, you put yourself in danger of developing other nutritional deficiencies. Although gluten-free products in the past may not have contained certain vitamins in as high quantities as their gluten-rich counterparts, there is now a wide-range of Isagenix gluten-free products that do. Another way to avoid developing deficiencies is by ensuring that you supplement with other nutrient rich foods or by taking daily multi-vitamins.
In addition, the majority of the wheat harvested to make gluten-rich products is milled into simple white flour. This means that the products contain significant amounts of gluten but few vitamins or nutrients; they are also more prone to cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels that increase your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes. Eating gluten-free not only reduces your risks, but reduces your daily sugar levels and can help you look and feel healthier.
Tips for A Gluten-free Diet
Include other gluten-free or alternative grains to ensure adequate intake of fiber. For example, maize, polenta, soya, and buckwheat are just a few of the available alternatives to increase your nutrient intake. Alternative sources for iron include red meats, beans, legumes, lentils and green leafy vegetables like spinach. These are all natural and gluten-free and contain more than enough iron for your daily needs. Having a glass of guava or orange juice can help your body absorb the iron. Green leafy vegetables and lentils are also great sources of folic acid, which is great for DNA repair and an especially important part of a pregnant woman’s diet.
If you suspect that you are sensitive to gluten, contact your doctor for testing and information as well for advice on your dietary requirements. If you would like to buy Isagenix gluten-free products or have any questions about them or following a gluten-free diet, contact us today.