Gluten Free

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Is gluten-free a fad diet? Not for many. Most often it's more than just an individual's choice, but a necessity. Only the person who chose this diet knows the true reason why they have made that decision. Also, for some, it's a helpful first step to one of the more strict healing diets.

Even though many other grains contain gluten, certain proteins found in wheat, barley and rye seem to cause the most digestive issues. And research performed by Monash University suggests that it's the 'fructan' carbohydrate part of the wheat, barley and rye (see Low FODMAP Diet) that causes the issues and not the gluten itself! (Hmmm..something to consider.)

For the purposes of this website, anything marked as 'gluten-free' refers to 'wheat-free', 'barley-free' and 'rye-free'.

I suggest avoiding wheat, barley and rye for a minimum of 2 weeks to determine how it is affecting you. I, my son and another family member have experienced great benefits by avoiding wheat specifically. Some benefits for avoiding wheat:

  • less bloating
  • less pain and body aches

Removing wheat from my diet was the first step I took before transitioning to the other healing diets.

But be forewarned, substituting commercial brands of store-bought breads and snack foods in order to go "gluten free" is not the best option. These commercial brands are so highly processed that they are not ideal and can cause additional digestive issues. BEWARE!

I believe that specifically wheat-free eating can be beneficial for everyone. Wheat is difficult to digest and along with corn products, it's highly recommended to be avoided while going through a liver cleanse. Another reason is that is has been hybridized to such a great extent that it contains a much higher amount of gluten than it did originally. In fact, the amount of chromosomes have greatly increased. It's just not what it used to be. There are, supposedly, ways to get a more original form of wheat. Once such ancient grain is Einkorn Wheat.

DISCLAIMER: This website does not provide advice or food suggestions for those with Celiac disease.

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