Gluten is a protein mainly found in cereals (barley, wheat, etc.) known to hold foods together. Individuals with gluten intolerance may experience several symptoms, including weight loss and delayed growth, among others. That said, it would be advisable to ditch foods with gluten (if you haven’t already) if looking to improve your health. You don’t have to wait until it is too late to do so. Outlined below are some of the advantages of going gluten-free.
1. Replenish your body with essential vitamins and antioxidants
Ditching foods rich in gluten and instead, going for fresher foods is a welcome treat for your body (and health). Fresh fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, compounds required for healthy cells, and your overall wellbeing. The regular bag of potato chips everyone keeps on munching doesn’t come close to enjoying a cocktail of fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. It makes losing/managing weight much easier
Most processed foods, barley, wheat, and rye have relatively high amounts of gluten. Having too much of these foods only forces the body to stock up in body fats, hence gain weight in no time. Avoiding the not-so nutritious foods can, however, make it easier to manage your winter weight. Be sure to replace all these foods with fresh and gluten-free options to trim your weight down to the desired/recommended mass.
3. It’s good for your digestive health
Indigestion and related issues are a common occurrence with many people today. Foods rich in gluten make digestion and absorption of essential nutrients almost impossible, one of the reasons you should avoid such if suffering from Celiac disease. You could, however, reduce the frequency of bloating, gas, cramping, and upset tummies of you focus on healthier and fresh foods. Foods rich in dietary fiber are especially recommended to improve digestion.
4. Experience increased energy levels
Indigestion can impact your energy levels significantly. It can be even worse if you have Celiac disease and continue having foods with gluten. Gluten makes it almost impossible for essential nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream; another reason you might be feeling emaciated. Giving up such foods and focusing on gluten-free foods can, however, see your health and energy levels improve.
5. There are tons of alternatives
With flour and related products out of the picture, many people are left to wonder what to have instead. The good news however is that there is a wide range of healthy alternatives for you to try. Rice, quinoa, whole grains, and ancient grains are some of the healthy choices to go for. You can also try gluten-free flour from local supermarkets too.