The Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet
Although the gluten free diet has become a more well known lifestyle and allergy in the US, there are still plenty of beneficial reasons why going gluten free can help you and your overall life. This article is aimed to educate readers on the benefits of a gluten free diet and how eliminating gluten could change your life for the better.
If you are unaware of what gluten is, here is a short definition: a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (which is a lovely marriage of both wheat and rye). People often go gluten free for an abundance of reasons, ranging from a diagnosis of celiac disease to wanting to live a cleaner lifestyle. For individuals who suffer from frequent or constant stomach aches, fatigue, and/or bloating, going gluten free might be best alternative for a healthier life.
Less bloating=happier belly
It has been shown through a variety of sources that eating less gluten can lead to less bloating (US News, Schroeder). If an individual is sensitive to gluten, the most well known symptom can appear: bloating. Bloating can seem like an innocent side effect, however, it can be constant for certain people, which can deter them from living a full life.
If you are interested in switching to a gluten free diet, it is likely that you will notice less bloating in the abdomen area first. Furthermore, regarding bloating and general improvement of health, weight loss can also be a contributing factor to going gluten free. Although not every person experiences major weight loss, there have been people who have lost weight and have been able to keep it off!
Mood and mental health improvement
Fun fact of the day: all of your moods and emotions are based in your small intestine. When an individual who is sensitive or allergic to gluten, mood swings can occur, and even serious mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety have been linked with people who are gluten intolerant. Regarding moodiness or general attitude on a daily basis, there are reasons why a person who is unknowingly gluten sensitive is having mood swings, frustration, and overall unhappiness. Studies have proven that when people who suffer from either depression or anxiety, the symptoms often can alleviate from going gluten free (Celiac Disease Foundation). Furthermore, even if the person does not have celiac disease, they can still suffer from mood swings and mental disorders from consuming gluten (National Library of Medicine).
If you suffer from digestive issues, going gluten free could be the right path for you to take. People who complain of indigestion or acid reflux sometimes can have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance unknowingly. If you are unsure if going gluten free will help ease the pain of indigestion, make sure to contact your doctor for further information.
If you are eating food that is hurting you, there is no doubt that it is going to exhaust you emotionally and physically. Additionally, people who eat gluten who are sensitive to the protein can also be asymptomatic, which means that even if they are not experiencing any stomach aches or indigestion, they are still damaging their small intestine without realizing it. The more gluten an asymptomatic person eats, the more villi is being damaged, which helps absorbs nutrients. Without absorption, it can lead to malnutrition. Anyway, I digress.
To make a long story short, going gluten free can increase your energy levels, since the food will not stick to the insides of your digestive system like regular foods with gluten do. Individuals who are gluten free can digest food faster, which will boost their energy levels and lead to a more energetic lifestyle.
Going gluten free doesn't have to be difficult, especially since it is becoming a more adopted lifestyle in the United States. People who are gluten free have felt at times that their diet can feel isolating because they are unable to eat the same food as their peers. This can be particularly stressful in restaurants or even at parties as there may not be a gluten free option for them. However, here at Tripp's, we can cater to all of your gluten free needs with our freshly baked bread, grain free bagels, and bakery items.
We thank you for your constant support in being your go-to place for all of your gluten free needs!
~Tripp's Farmhouse Cafe