While people who have celiac disease and gluten allergies most often eliminate gluten from their diet, there are other health conditions that can benefit from a gluten-free diet. In fact, you may find that eating gluten-free is the answer for what’s ailing you.
One of the greatest benefits of eating a gluten-free diet can be weight loss. When you eliminate gluten, you eliminate a lot of the foods that lead weight gain in the first place. For example, you’ll limit how many cakes, cookies, bread and donuts you can consume.
While it’s possible to eat gluten-free and not lose weight, most people do find that they drop quite a few pounds when they make the transition. Of course if you substitute your bread for French fries, you may not see those results.
Gluten has been known to cause inflammation in many people. As a result it can exacerbate conditions that cause chronic pain such as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other auto-immune disorders that can affect the thyroid and brain. You’ll find that your symptoms may actually decrease from removing gluten.
Diabetes is another condition that can often be helped by eating a gluten-free diet. Foods that are high in gluten are also often high in simple carbohydrates. These foods tend to cause imbalance in insulin and blood sugar levels.
Many people who have irritable bowel syndrome find relief from eating a gluten-free diet. Gluten can cause problems such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, and cramping. You may find that by eliminating gluten you can eliminate many of these symptoms.
A gluten-free diet can also lead to lower levels of cholesterol and decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. You’ll be eliminating many unhealthy foods while adding healthy foods such as lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
It’s important to keep in mind that just because someting is gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. While eating gluten free, stick with fresh organic vegetables and fruits, organic meat from properly raised aminals and wild fish.
The benefits of a gluten-free diet extend beyond allergies and intolerance. There are many conditions that can benefit from a gluten free diet and you may find you’ll experience overall improvement in health.