Every few years a new diet trend comes along. Decades ago it started with counting calories. Then it moved on to watching fat grams and from there to watching how many carbs you eat. Now everyone is cutting gluten from their diet. So is eating gluten-free really necessary? For some, it can be the difference between feeling great and feeling sick. Here is what you need to know about gluten and whether it should be part of your diet.
The Truth About Gluten
Is gluten bad for you? It just depends on who you are and how your system processes gluten. Gluten in and of itself is not harmful. However, many people are sensitive to this component that is found in a wide variety of grains and grasses. Gluten is a protein that is prevalent in wheat, rye, oats, barley and many other grains. For some, eating gluten has no harmful effect. For others, it can send their body into chaos, targeting their weakest areas.
The problem with gluten sensitivity is that the symptoms are not the same for everyone. While one person may have gastrointestinal issues, another person may have a rash, headache or weight gain from gluten sensitivity. This makes it hard to diagnose by traditional physicians as they try to treat the symptoms, not look for the cause. However, a naturopathic doctor that specializes in gluten-sensitivity can help.
Through careful testing, a naturopathic physician can help you determine whether you should be eating gluten or not. If you do have a sensitivity to gluten, they can help you devise a healthy diet that will eliminate this element and get you on the road to good health.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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