I decided to go off all grains before getting pregnant with my second daughter. I did this for about three months but when I returned home for the holidays I indulged in all the goodies my sister’s had made and I felt horrible – stuffy and tired the whole trip. I realized that I had been feeling that way my whole life and that gluten products must have been playing a role in that!
What is gluten?
Gluten is a wheat protein found in most grains. It is very difficult to digest and for some people it can cause celiac disease. This disease causes a disruption in the lining of the intestines, which increases permeability. This permeability allows other grain and milk proteins to cross over which causes an immune reaction.
Milk products seem to be on radar for food allergies and sensitivities but I actually find that gluten poses just as much a threat to our bodies. I have seen people complain of fatigue, foggy minds, hyperactive kids, sinus infections, and constipation- who when removed all gluten from their diet noticed dramatic changes.
How long do I need to go gluten-free?
I suggest to people to commit themselves to a time period that they can really commit to eliminating gluten from their diet (so you need to be honest with yourself!). Ideally 6 weeks but even after 1 week people can see a difference. For this time period, do not eat any grains (some brown rice is ok). On your last day, have a party and eat grains all day and note how you feel. You may not have realized that you felt bad before, and then after eating a normal daily load of grains your body will show you. You can try this with any foods. To me, it gives a much more accurate view of how your body responds to foods (versus a food allergy test).
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P.S. If your child wants to know more about how the digestive system works during your gluten-free trial check out The Lucky Escape!
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