To be gluten-free is the latest trend. Now-a-days, everyone wants to cut out gluten. These gluten-free fanatics religiously check the ingredients section on food labels to see if it contains gluten or not. The bread aisle has become a ghost town, and if it has wheat, barley or rye, then it has to be put down.
For the individuals that are gluten intolerant, maybe a gluten-free diet is a good idea, and for those that battle lupus, where gluten intolerance is the known cause for autoimmune diseases as such, taking it out of your diet could prove to be beneficial. But for everyone else, cut it out already! Be trend setters, not trend followers.
There have been some significant successes in individuals who have gone off gluten though, and there have been some who do not respond to a gluten-free diet at all. Whatever the case may be, it takes about 4 weeks of being off of gluten to know if it will really work for you.
According to Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff, a Senior Director of Immunology Medical Research at Biogen Idec, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, who conducted a research study in July 2013, if you have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is critical. However, the same study found that there was no evidence that gluten worsened or improved inflammation in any other autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
Since lupus and gluten intolerance show many of the same symptoms, there have been a number of cases of confused diagnosis. Because both diseases are inflammatory autoimmune diseases, trying a gluten-free diet may help reduce the symptoms of lupus.
A Few Ways To Eat Gluten-Free & Love It:
1. Learn How To Read Labels. Reading food labels is a good idea for a lot of reasons, especially since gluten can hide in unlikely places. Most labels point out if you need to avoid something because it contains wheat.
2. Focus On What You Can Eat. If you spend all your time lamenting the fact that you can’t ever eat pasta, bread or cookies, you’ll be miserable. There are still so many things you can eat and it’s much healthier to focus on that.
3. Learn The Grains You Have To Avoid. As much as you should focus on what you can have in your diet, the reality is that if you’re going gluten-free, you DO have to avoid some grains. Wheat, rye, barley, and their derivatives are all striken.
4. Fall In Love With Produce. Fruits and vegetables are not only healthy for you, but they never have gluten in their natural state, which means they’re always a safe choice if you’re avoiding it.
5. Brush Up On The Quinoa Craze. Popular superfood quinoa provides an excellent solution for not getting enough fiber. This grain-like seed contains fiber and protein.
*For more ways on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle and enjoy it, read Gluten Free Diet: 11 Ways To Go Gluten-Free And Love It.