#2 Gut Killer-Gluten
Mass-produced breads and snack foods often contain genetically-modified grains that have not been allowed to germinate in their natural patterns. Instead they are comprised of larger size proteins (meaning hard to digest) and contain components which are altered to attack the gut of any bugs that may harvest on the grain. In turn as we consume more bread/wheat long-term we too get affected. Traditional practices of soaking, fermenting and sprouting grains help neutralize the effect of gluten, making it far more digestible however most of us don’t have the time or energy to fit this into our busy lives.
It is known now that an estimated 1 in 133 Americans have Celiac Disease (most of these people have no idea). Celiac is a condition in which people experience a destructive, inflammatory autoimmune response in their small intestine after eating gluten.
Additionally, around 18 million people have gluten intolerance or sensitivity in the USA. While Celiac disease causes significant damage to the intestine, gluten intolerance can cause wide-range inflammation which is often manifested more subtly in chronic conditions such as heart disease, migraines, infertility, depression/anxiety and ADHD just to mention a few.
How do you know if you have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity?
One way to find out is to do an elimination diet. You need to get out all the top allergens (soy, corn, gluten/wheat, dairy and peanuts) and follow a simple diet for minimum one week. This is great time to incorporate a Pure Simple Juice Cleanse as then you don’t have to worry about what to eat or not, you just drink juices and let your body rest. Following the elimination you then slowly reintroduce foods one at a time and monitor for any symptoms of intolerance/sensitivity (rash, indigestion, gas, acne, stuffy nose and the list goes on). It is helpful to work with a Naturopath, Dietitian or other licensed practitioner to assist with the process (check out our ‘additional healing therapy section’ for local recommendations & if your cleansing I’ll be happy to answer your questions/concerns).