Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be? Part 2

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Last week I talked about what it means to go gluten-free, which foods to include and avoid on a gluten-free diet, and how to repair the damage to the digestive system from eating gluten-containing foods. I also mentioned at the end of my blog post that gluten may not be totally to blame for digestive issues. 
Let’s say you are gluten-free and still experiencing digestive symptoms. Although gluten consumption appears to cause digestive issues there is more to the story according to the latest research.
The latest research published in the medical journal Gastroenterology on gluten sensitivity suggests that what appears to be symptoms due to gluten consumption may be more related to a group of fermentable, poorly absorbed, short-chain carbohydrates or FODMAPS for short.
In one research study subjects were put on a low FODMAPS diet and digestive symptoms declined in all 37 subjects. The study suggests that gluten-free diets commonly alleviate symptoms because they eliminate wheat a high FODMAP food.
The second likely culprit of gluten sensitivity is an herbicide, glyphosate or Round Up. This herbicide discovered by a Monsanto chemist in 1970 was being widely used by the mid-1990’s.

Although glyphosate is non-toxic to animals, studies show it is toxic to bacteria, including the beneficial gut bacteria that is necessary for a healthy immune system. Glyphosate is capable of permeating the intestinal wall which could lead to leaky gut syndrome (refer to last week’s blog post for the definition of “leaky gut syndrome”).

Eating gluten-free tends to go hand in hand with a low FODMAPS intake leading to decreased digestive issues and improved immune health. If you are looking to alleviate symptoms even more then you may want to consider trying a grain-free or low FODMAPS diet.
Really what it comes down to is you have to find the foods that make you feel good physically and mentally. If you have an awareness of what foods make your body feel good or poor that is the first step to improving your overall health. 
If you know that certain foods don’t make you feel good but you continue to eat them then eventually it will take a toll on your body. You may need to decide at some point if it is worth it to eat foods that don’t promote good health and weight management.
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