First let’s start with a simple definition of gluten. Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, which are responsible for the elastic texture of dough. This causes illnesses in persons with celiac disease. Celiac disease is a harmful genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.
Honestly I had no idea about this allergy until Kourtney Kardashian brought awareness to it on the hit TV reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Those with gluten intolerances or allergies may find that gluten triggers illnesses that can have many other negative repercussions. Just to name a few: Iron deficiency anemia, pancreatic insufficiency and gallbladder malfunction. It is evident that a lot of these issues have to do with the digestive systems and being unable to absorb the correct nutrients.
Even though a gluten free diet may work for Kourtney, will it work for you?
The hardest thing is to do is to have a gluten free diet. Gluten is found in almost everything edible on earth. But it can be very fulfilling for a variety of reasons. Having gluten free diet can definitely lead to a healthier lifestyle. Many people celebrate gluten free lifestyles because it makes them feel so much better right after cutting it out. Also the absorption of nutrients will be a much easier process on your body. The most important pro about a gluten free diet is the fact that it can definitely help weight loss, who doesn’t want to lose weight? Even if losing weight isn’t your goal a healthy lifestyle should be. Finally wine is an amazing gluten free drink you should indulge in because it was made from grapes and no gluten, now that’s exciting!
But of course to every good thing there’s a bad thing, well just a few tiny cons that should be considered before going on your gluten free diet. The first and most important is that you have to be committed and have to say goodbye to some of the best food found on God’s green earth, so upsetting. For athletes especially long distance runners they should always think twice before starting this venture because they get their fuel from carbs, however you may still feel lighter when running without all the gluten you may have consumed before. Another thing that should be mentioned is humans need folic acid. A lot of gluten free foods don’t carry much folic acid and Vitamin B nutrients that are needed, so ensure you have a favourite food item that is rich in Vitamin B.