I won’t take credit for the title of this post. It actually comes from Dr. William Davis, author of the book “Wheat Belly”. I just ordered it and cannot wait to read it in full. I have been watching the author’s videos and following his blog for quite some time, very interesting stuff!
I’d like to go back about 10,000 steps and talk about the very first question that should be answered about all this stuff I’ve been yapping about.
WHAT THE HELL IS GLUTEN, ANYWAY?
A substance present in cereal grains, esp. wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.
(Gluten comes from the latin word for “glue”. Yum.)
Without gluten, things wouldn’t “stick” together very well. This is why gluten is in so many products that you might not even realize.
This is the same kind of vague response you might get from most people you ask. More specifically, gluten is essentially the protein content of wheat (Remember, wheat includes semolina, spelt, barley, rye, etc). Why is Gluten bad? Well, if you’re not a Celiac, or have a wheat sensitivity or intolerance, it’s only bad because whole wheat products jack up your blood sugar levels. Wheat acts similar to that of Morphine. It “attaches” itself to your happy receptors, making you crave more. The reason this is a problem is obvious. High blood sugar= bad. This can also lead to weight gain, and perhaps even the very same medical issue rampant in our nation, Diabetes (or, if you’re Wilford Brimley, it’s “Diabeeeeeetus”….makes me laugh EVERY time). Nevertheless, Diabetes is no joke.
Now, here’s where the danger lays if you’re a Celiac or have a sensitivity/intolerance:
Picture a small intestine. We all figure we know what those look like, right? Well, let’s picture the inside of the small intestine. Inside are small, fibre like “hairs” along the intestine called “villi”. These villi assist the food in it’s motion through your intestine, absorbing nutrients and helping in general food digestion. The key here is nutrient absorption. When you have an allergy or intolerance, the body senses an “invasion” and attacks the area where it senses the threat- in this case,the villi. The villi are then flattened and damaged, rendering them useless. Obviously, when your small intestine can’t absorb nutrients, you’ve got a big problem. Sometimes, Celiacs even have to undergo surgery to remove certain lengths of their small intestines if damaged beyond repair. Scary stuff! All from gluten? You betcha. The good news is that the human body is a pretty amazing vessel, and provided the damage is not too great, the body can and will repair itself if given the chance.
Below are the many symptoms associated with Celiac/gluten sensitivity:
-Gastrointestinal issues such as chronic bloating, pain, gas, constipation and diarrhoea
-Depression (I’m no doctor, but isn’t there a huge jump in the number of those who suffer from Depression in the last few years? Could this be a reason??? Just throwing that out there)
-Infertility and miscarriage
-Cramps, tingling, numbness
Again, not selling any products here, just sharing what I’ve found helpful and Dr. William Davis has provided me with a few tidbits I’ve found useful. Check out this video below:
Also, as I mentioned previously, I’m NOT A DOCTOR. This is merely an opinion blog. The information held on this blog is merely the opinion of myself, and the research and information covered in this blog is open to public domain for discussion. There, now that that’s out of the way…
Have YOU read Wheat Belly? What do you think?