Is “Gluten-Free” just marketing? Or is it something to strive for?
Not everybody has symptoms when they eat Gluten/Gliadin foods, however, Gluten IS inflammatory to those whose intestinal lining is less than adequate (90% of American adults over 30 years old!).
Furthermore, we see how a “healthy” grain can drastically affect someone’s health through hormone disruption. Therefore, everyone would do better with less grains in their diet.
We no longer have access to the same bread Jesus ate!
The trouble most people find is first, not knowing how legitimately sensitive they are and secondly, having to navigate through all of the “Gluten-Free” packaging and marketing hype! Once past those hurdles, you still need to analyze your diet and see if in fact you are truly avoiding Gluten. If you miss any of these three steps, you can be rendering your “healing diet” completely ineffective!
A classic example of this is when we only avoid the ‘Big 4’ grains; wheat, barley, rye, and oats. The other 2 big sources of Gluten; corn and rice, are often missed and consumed in much higher levels.
Missing this “detail” can make or break a health recovery case. The reality is, besides the direct inflammatory response that Glutens may cause in you, your hormones also may be affected by Gluten/Gliadin-containing foods. Grains contain several hormone disrupting, toxic compounds that can trigger painful diseases.
Hormones play a major role in keeping us healthy and vibrant, but here are 5 Hormones grains can disrupt:
- Thyroid disruption causes weight gain, muscle pain, and emotional pain when we start losing our hair, libido, and daily motivation.
- Adrenal hormone disruption leads to pain by increasing inflammation, blood sugar levels, causing water retention, weight gain, and crushing fatigue.
- Insulin hormone disruption causes blood sugar problems, lowering energy and increasing our risk of developing diabetes and dementia.
- Estrogen and Progesterone disruption contributes to the pain of increased menstrual cramping, breast tenderness, increased risk of cancers, and infertility.
- Testosterone disruption can contribute to weight gain, severe fatigue, memory problems, as well as loss of muscle and motivation.
Remember that grains can disrupt hormones, but grain is only part of the issue. Pesticides, mycotoxins, plastcizers, heavy metals (especially in rice), and other mechanisms are also at work.
Live Your Life Well!
Dr. David Noble
P.S. Skeptical?? I sometimes forget that I live in a bubble where I am privy to health-related data that will never see the light of day from typical news sources or from most M.D.s, so if you want to see some of the research out there, here are some studies below on gluten and hormone disruption:
- Gluten intolerance, hypothyroidism, lactose and fructose malabsorption–a new “syndrome”? Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2006 Sep 7;126(17):2286.
- Celiac disease and endocrine autoimmunity. Dig Dis. 2015;33(2):155-61.
- Celiac disease and autoimmunity. J. Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Jul;59 Suppl 1:S9-S11.